Tag Archives: parliamentary debate

Commentary: On “Free Riders”

As I listened intuitively again to the PM’s speech on Wednesday to the Presidential address of our 14th Parliament, I can’t help but feel the current incessant attacks on the PM’s remarks about “free riders” have been taken out of context. It seemed as though the PM was desperately trying to buy his way out of the argument on the reason not to vote for the Opposition. Political discourse here should be shaped by sharp acumen, logic and sound reasoning rather than just jumping on the bandwagon to draw blood.

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Commentary: Civil Servants, Unelected Can Carry This?

Political appointees have no financial role, safe to say merely ‘approving’ the use of the $5 billion. If the PM is talking about decision making, it is the civil servants who are making the decision behind the scene, collating, presenting, advising where the draw down and transfer of money comes from. So is the prime minister trying to draw wool over people’s eyes when he said, ‘It is a big decision, S$5 billion of supplementary budget.

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Commentary: Foreign Investment Welcomed But Citizens Cannot Be Disadvantaged

We cannot expect citizens to be disadvantaged in the name of being open or soliciting for trade. Foreign corporations and investors are more than welcome to operate here when they respect our core values and labour laws, play their part as they would in their home countries as Singapore and Singaporeans are not third country people to be taken for a ride.

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PAP MPS SILENCE DURING 38 OXLEY ROAD PARLIAMENT DEBATE DEAFENING

Even as the dust hasn't quite settled for the 38 Oxley Rd issue and odours still persist after its premature closure with an uneasy 'truce', 1 pertinent question keeps glaring at the eyes of the electorate that is, how effective were the PAP MPs in taking their leaders to task and holding them accountable to residents?

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