Our new buzzword should be transparency. While we have a Code of Conduct for Ministers that requires them to disclose their income, assets and liabilities to the PM upon taking up office - this does not go far enough. I propose that we need to move to full annual public disclosure including the property and incomes of spouses and dependents. The same rules should be extended to senior civil servants, judges and senior management and directors of GLCs. This would only bring us in line with what public servants are required to do in democratic countries.
Despite Prof.Lim’s undoubtedly good intentions, the solution to wage stagnation for Singaporeans is not some central planning directive taking us back to the Soviet era. It is Singapore’s lack of […]
My letter to Wall Street Journal.Son of a Dud, Reinventing the Rice Bowl is not a political blog but as this debate affects all bloggers and goes to the heart of my integrity, I have reproduced the letter below.
Yesterday a letter of mine was published in the Wall Street Journal. This was prompted by two items, firstly an article WSJ published on the recent action taken against bloggers […]
The release of the unemployment statistics two days ago brought home the folly of current policy. http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Singapore/Story/STIStory_761247.html While the government prided itself on creating 121 thousand jobs last year two-thirds […]
There is so much I could say about the life changing experience of having a child. But I am going to restrict myself here to an important parenting lesson […]
In his Parliamentary speech, the PM highlighted the clean pay of our Ministers. Gerard Ee also drew a lot of attention to this descriptor and everyone else involved on the […]
The PM recently brought out a violin in Parliament and plucked the heart-strings with his sad song about the lack of revolving doors in Singapore leading to loss on income. […]
Excessive Ministerial pay is not there to secure talent. If the government were interested in talent it would want to promote competition and encourage a market place of ideas. This […]
A committee that cannot calculate the median of the top 1000 is either deliberately misleading the public or incompetent.
Happy New Year! The following is a Press release I wrote in my capacity as SG of The Reform Party. The more I think about it the more it concerns […]
Not in My Parliament. (NMP). Today we learn that a record number of nominations have been put up for selection for the nine available places for Nominated members of Parliament. […]
Sex with a child is rape. Whether constitutional or consensual, it is rape. The media may airbrush it by use of euphemisms such as ‘affair’ and blur the edges with […]
Recently the Reform Party issued a statement on the SMRT breakdown calling for a Committee of Inquiry. I am pleased that the PM heeded our call. However it is not […]
Yesterday the ST gave us a centre-page spread by two vice-presidents of the Economics Society discussing the rise in inequality in Singapore. The fact that one of them is the […]
Minister of State Zulkifli Massago’s was reported today(http://www.todayonline.com/Singapore/EDC111214-0000085/National-Servicemen-may-be-deployed-to-safeguard-rail-network–Masagos) as saying that , with the expansion of the MRT and the opening of 12 new Circle Line stations the Government was […]
Dear Santa, I don’t like the cadre and secret cabal I got last year. Next year I’d like some openness, competition and democracy instead.
A cadre system is one in which the leadership of the Party selects certain members to be cadres. The cadres are then the only members who have voting rights. A discussion of the merits and demerits of cadre systems in political parties. The cadre system may explain why the PAP is incapable of learning new lessons .The Reform Party being the only political party in Singapore with a democratic constitution. It is genuinely worrying that so much of the Opposition shares the same mindset and set up as the PAP. This begs the question as to whether their leadership are genuinely interested in change or representation or whether it is merely power that they seek .
The nature of our small metropolis, the costs of private vehicle ownership and other factors such as convenience for elderly and physically challenged users, means that Taxis must be viewed […]