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EX-MND MINISTER MAH BOW TAN STEPPING DOWN FROM POLITICS

Former Minister for National Development Mah Bow Tan confirmed that he will be stepping down and will not be running in the coming general election. As housing shortages became a major bugbear for the ruling party during GE2011, Mah was stripped of his Ministerial position and replaced by current MND Minister Khaw Boon Wan.

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PAP MINISTER FASTS FOR ONE DAY, GETS FLAMED BY NETIZENS

PAP minister Khaw Boon Wan and 50 non-Muslim MPs and grassroots activists joined Muslims yesterday in fasting for one full day. "I was told to get up at 4.30 to prepare breakfast. So last night, I didn't sleep well,” said National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan, who is also MP for Sembawang GRC. “So I got up at 3.30. So I said 3.30, okay lah. So I go down at 3.30. I ate my breakfast and I have not eaten since 3.30."

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UNNAMED MILLION-DOLLAR MINISTER BOUGHT 300 PACKETS OF CHICKEN RICE FOR LKY MOURNERS

According to the mainstream media, 300 packets of chicken rice was bought by "an unnamed Minister" for mourners in the queue to pay respects to Mr Lee Kuan Yew. The chicken rice were handed out by volunteers and snapped up within minutes. Despite this act of "charity", some netizens commented that with their million dollar salaries, isn't 300 packets of chicken rice too little? If the Minister was sincere, he should have bought 3,000 packets for both the mourners and the thousands of helpers.

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PAP MINISTERIAL SALARIES INCREASED BY 3,600% SINCE S’PORE’S INDEPENDENCE

In 1965, a minister was paid a monthly salary of $2,500. 45 years later, a minister’s monthly income (Grade MR4) had risen by 5,200% to $131,991 ($1,583,900 divide by 12 months). It was only after heavy election losses that the PAP reduced ministers’ salary to $1,100,000, translating into an increase of 3,600%. In 1970, Lee Kuan Yew said it would “be impossible to attract men of integrity and ability to become ministers with the existing pay once the current ministers leave office”. Maybe Lee’s ‘ability’ referred to the ramping up of GDP only.

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Former Old Guard Minister Chua Sian Chin dies

Former Cabinet Minister Chua Sian Chin, a member of Singapore’s first generation of leaders, died on Wednesday of heart failure. He was 81. Mr Chua had suffered from dementia since the late 1990s. First elected in 1968, he was immediately made health minister, making him the youngest Cabinet minister then at 34. He went on to spend 27 years in politics, and also held ministerial portfolios in Education and Home Affairs.

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Britain seeks to allow ministers rather than judges to have the final say on deportation

UK Home Secretary Theresa May wants to strip naturalised terror suspects of their British citizenship in a last minute amendment to an immigration bill expected to face strong opposition in parliamentary debates on Thursday. The interior minister has introduced an amendment which would allow the removal of a British passport from any naturalised person whose conduct is deemed "seriously prejudicial to the vital interests of the UK".

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