Tharman Shanmugaratnam

ACCUSATIONS OF GUTTER POLITICS WAS DURING BT BATOK BY-ELECTION, WHY ONLY DENY NOW?

DPM Tharman disagreed that PAP engages in gutter politics but why didn't anyone refute similar accusations during the Bukit Batok By-Election, when almost 5000 people signed a statement calling on PM Lee to stop his party from such behaviour?

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DPM THARMAN TELL S'POREANS TO HAVE CONFIDENCE IN SPITE OF LEE FAMILY'S SAD DISPUTE

Have confidence, folks. I have to say there is no mystery as to why a Ministerial committee was set up to look into the options for 38 Oxley Road. DPM Teo, who chairs Cabinet on matters to do with the house, has explained straightforwardly why he set it up. We started the practice many years ago, and it has evolved. It’s how we ensure that important issues are given in-depth attention, and the options are weighed up by the Ministers closer to the issue, before Cabinet makes its decisions and takes collective responsibility. And it’s how we ensure that we are not a Government that operates in silos, that the national interest prevails even when there are valid sectoral or private interests, and that the long view prevails over the short view wherever possible.

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