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Inderjit Singh: Policy makers live in a different society from the average Singaporeans

But the problem is not just about our approach, it is also one of capabilities. As I mentioned earlier, we have spent the last few years trying to solve many problems and correct many wrongs, what we in Singapore commonly refer to as fire-fighting. But why did we even have to do this in the first place? The government in the early days of Singapore was well known for its long term scenario planning. They would plan such that they had considered all potential problems and would ensure that such problems are avoided. And even if these problems do crop up, they would already have thought of viable alternatives, which they could implement immediately. They certainly did not spend years fire-fighting to solve problems. So what happened to all our scenario planners in the government? Why are we fighting fires because of poor planning?

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Shanmugam: Allegations against govt must be backed up with facts

People can criticise the government in Singapore but if any allegations are made, they must be backed up with facts. Law and Foreign Affairs Minister K Shanmugam made that point on Friday, adding that there is no rule preventing people from critiquing national policies. He suggested, however, that a sound approach would be to keep debates honest.

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World Justice Project Poll: Most S’poreans trust govt to deal with corrupt officials

More than seven in 10 Singaporeans believe that corrupt government officials who misuse public funds will not be able to get away with their crime. This is according to a poll of 99 countries by the World Justice Project (WJP), which describes itself as an independent organisation working to advance the rule of law around the world. The survey results showed that a majority of people -- 62 per cent of individuals worldwide -- believe that a high-ranking government officer guilty of using public money for personal benefit will face no punishment for their conduct.

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Older grassroots members should be considered as potential election candidates

I AM happy to note that potential People's Action Party candidates are carefully selected, trained and positioned at the grassroots level as early as possible ("Potential PAP candidates 'already on the ground'"; Monday). It is not easy being an MP these days as it has become "fashionable" for people to disagree with the Government, which is to be expected as people are better educated and more discerning. What is worrying is that more are disagreeing simply for the sake of disagreeing. There is less trust in the Government and some even criticise good policies.

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PAP’S MID-TERM REPORT CARD

Two-and-half years has passed since the last GE and it is about time to assess how the govt has been doing. The massive housing problem has started to show some results. The backlog of housing needed has temporarily been transferred to the waiting list of units under construction. I won’t give credit to this as it was a self-created problem due to bad management.

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Anonymous Hacker Threatens to Attack Singapore Government Social Media Profiles

The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) has advised the public not to be alarmed if they notice “any unusual activity on Government social media channels”, in response to a cyber threat issued by a person claiming to be from the hacktivist collective Anonymous. The person had published a “press release” on Pastebin last Thursday, demanding the release of the five men who were arrested for vandalising a wall in Singapore.

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