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THARMAN: I DID NOT SAY PAP ENGAGED IN GUTTER POLITICS IN BUKIT BATOK BY-ELECTION

Following my NTU Majulah Lecture last week on the future of education we had a dialogue. Some asked about the recent Presidential Election (PE) - and my views on the PE, especially how we should look at the issue of race, have been reported. I see that some social media commentators have claimed that I agreed in the dialogue that the PAP had engaged in “gutter politics” in the Bukit Batok by-election. That is not what I said, and not what I believe.

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OXLEY RD DISPUTE SHOWS DIFFERENT LAWS FOR ELITES, HOW CAN WE "NORMAL PPL" BE CONFIDENT?

Our reader is disappointed by the Oxley Road dispute as it shows double standards in Singapore - one set of laws for the elite, and another for ordinary Singaporeans. LHY and LWL are allowed to cast aspersions at the PM over a course of 2 weeks without facing any legal action while less powerful Singaporeans are subjected to the law of defamation and lawsuit if they do the same.

"How do you explain, Mr Tharman, this double standards? You said... 'Have confidence, folks.' Perhaps you should try on the shoes of those who have been sued, bankrupted or gone into exile. As one who supports you being PM, I am disappointed at your nonchalance in this saga."

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21 REASONS WHY THARMAN'S CALL FOR CONFIDENCE IN PAP IS MISPLACED

In his Facebook post, DPM Tharman Shanmugaratnam called on Singaporeans to “have confidence” in the present system of governance, adding, “You can count on PM Lee Hsien Loong and all of us in his team for that.” To have confidence in the government, Singaporeans need transparency. So before the DPM asks for trust in Mr Lee Hsien Loong's team, the PAP must first account for and explain:

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CAN THARMAN EXPLAIN WHY LUCIEN WONG WAS MADE ATTORNEY-GENERAL DESPITE CONFLICT OF INTERESTS?

Tharman has just posted a lengthy note stating that they (the PAP) "have a system to preserve the rule of law and of policy-making that balances public against private interests." In that case, can he comment on the appointment of Lee Hsien Loong's personal lawyer, Lucien Wong, as AG? Was the Cabinet consulted and were they aware of potential conflict of interests in the appointment? And if they were aware, based on what criteria did they consider Lucien Wong suitable to take over as AG?

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S'POREANS DEMAND THARMAN AS PRIME MINISTER, HE SHOULD SUCK THUMB & ACCEPT OUR WISHES

Aye Tharman, why you like that one, you got clear mandate from the people but also don't want be PM. You say you not PM de 'liao' and not interested, but how you know when you never even try leh? I also dunno why LHL want to have minority president to prove meritocracy, but this will only be tokenism. But if you become PM, this will be the epitome of true meritocracy of Singapore. I think you lan lan must become PM lah!

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DPM THARMAN: DAVID ONG IS A REALLY HARDWORKING MP, WEEKENDS, WEEKDAYS & NIGHTS SPENT IN BUKIT BATOK

Read what DPM Tharman said about MP David Ong... ' So this is a set back. Residents will be disappointed. David Ong has worked extremely hard. I mean, he’s a really hard-working MP, he spends 4-5 times a week in Bukit Batok, weekends, weekdays, nights...” David appears to be very busy indeed. And he still has time to have an affair. Perhaps a round of applause for outstanding time management.

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WORRYING: SINGAPORE GST COULD GO UP AFTER NEXT YEAR TO 9 OR 10 PER CENT!

The GST could go up after next year to 9 or 10 per cent, in line with the Asia-Pacific average. Other taxes the Government could raise include consumption taxes, stamp duties and property taxes, they said. On Tuesday, Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam had dispelled the notion that the Government had adopted a “Robin Hood” strategy for this year’s Budget by taxing the rich more to give to the poor. He said the bulk of the spending is for the common interest and not one particular group.

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WOMEN RIGHTS GROUP AWARE APPLAUDS BREAKTHROUGH BUDGET SPEECH

The Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE) applauds the emphasis on redistributive policies in the breakthrough Budget speech delivered by Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam today. The DPM’s statement included a welcome commitment to the government’s redistributive role * with increased assistance for low *income groups supported by taxation of the top 5% earners.

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