Tag Archives: Tharman Shanmugaratnam

THARMAN: GOVT ACCOUNTS SAFE, UNLIKE AHPETC’S

Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam hit out in Parliament yesterday against the Workers' Party (WP) by characterizing its accounts for Aljunied Hougang Punggol East Town Council (AHPETC) as "structurally unsound".

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THARMAN: GOVT’S RECENT POLICIES ARE NOT BECAUSE OF GE2011

Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam emphasized yesterday in a lecture that the recent shifts in the People's Action Party (PAP) government towards more "inclusive" and leftist policies was a change that begun almost a decade ago, rather than a knee-jerk response to the General Elections of 2011.

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THARMAN: HAVING ONE DOMINANT PARTY IS GOOD FOR SINGAPORE

Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam said that Singapore is not a one party state – the ruling People’s Action Party is a dominant but not unchallenged player in Singapore politics, so it does not suffer from the disadvantages of one-party states with no opposition. Speaking at a SG50 dialogue, Tharman …

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DPM THARMAN: KIDS SHOULD STAND UP & HAVE A MIND OF THEIR OWN

“You must have that culture starting from very young, pre-school, primary school, where kids got to have a mind of your own. There’s something to it. I believe in that. What it implies for speak up. You don’t need to always make sense, you don’t need to speak logically, but you’ve political culture and systems, you need some humility on this.”

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WHO IS A CREDIBLE LEADER THAT CAN REPLACE LEE HSIEN LOONG AS PRIME MINISTER?

A good leader is more than just bringing up the economy, having good credentials or having an extensive job resumes, a good leader requires someone with critical thinking and able to solve the country's problems well, a talent you are either born with or not, currently I can say the politicians who has the most potential to lead this country forward is Low Thia Khiang, Tan Jee Say and Tharman

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THARMAN OVER CHAN CHUN SING FOR S’PORE’S NEXT PRIME MINISTER?

DPM and Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam has proven that he can hold his own against hard-nosed interviewers, most recently BBC's Stephen Sackur. Perhaps for fear of getting sued himself, Mr. Sackur withheld his harshest criticisms and instead chuckled as the DPM went on with his rant on how necessary it is for the PAP regime to be intrusive into Singaporean's lives so as to build a better and culturally diverse society.

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S’POREAN: I DONT WANT SKILLSFUTURE CREDIT, I ONLY WANT COLD HARD CASH

Mr Tharman , if we don’t want to use this fund, for this $500 fund, can it straightaway cashed out by all of us Singaporeans ? If not , then what is the use of this SkillsFuture Credit for us Singaporean if we don’t use it ? Cannot cash out , it is as good as you have allocated nothing for us Singaporeans out of it , right ? And you will be talking like you have given us a lot of money to us Singaporean ! The whole country Singaporeans don’t need this type of useless SkillsFuture Credit fund . Singaporeans need is real cash payback to all of us now !

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ST EDITOR: BUDGET 2015 IS A ROBIN HOOD BUDGET FOR AVERAGE S’POREANS

All in, it can be said to be a sensible yet generous Budget, albeit at the expense of the very high-income. It may disappoint those who wanted a big SG50 Bonus to celebrate the nation's Jubilee. But it does give out a mass hongbao to all Singaporeans, via top-ups to education funds for children and students, and via the new $500 SkillsFuture Credit for workers. More importantly, it sets Singapore on a clear trajectory - Mr Tharman would call it the path of progressivity - but basically the writing's on the wall: higher taxes on the rather rich, to give to the poor and the middle-income.

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