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RONALD LEE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has given possibly the clearest hint that the Goods and Service Tax will increase soon from its current 7 percent. The key reason for this is more tax monies must be collected to feed public spending on infrastructural developments. That’s fine to an extent (insert ministers’ salaries here), since GST is a consumption tax so the more you spend, whether...

SINGAPORE DEMOCRATS: During the general elections in 2015, Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam denied the SDP’s warnings that the government would raise the GST. At that time, he said that “there is no basis” to claims that the GST would be increased to fund increased public spending. But Mr Lee Hsien Loong finally admitted yesterday at the PAP conference that it was inevitable that taxes would have...

ELSON: Let the casting of aspersions continue – for the PAP, unwarranted personal attacks are nothing new. Workers’ Party NCMP Leon Perera was the latest victim of the PAP’s below-the-belt tactics, courtesy of Senior Minister of State for Health, Chee Hong Tat. In parliament, Chee attacked Perera when the latter had asked to “allow confirmed smokers access to e-cigarettes, at least for a certain...

ELSON: Something just didn’t sound right when Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan said in parliament that SMRT CEO Desmond Kuek had “volunteered” for the job. It appeared that Khaw was even apologetic to an extent, that our former Chief of Defence Force had to be mobilised to take on what’s been called a thankless job – for about S$2 million a year in salary. But what’s more worrying is the...

GOH MENG SENG: In Economics study, there is always a debate over the pros and cons of “Privatization” of companies providing public goods like public transport. Companies providing public goods are natural monopolies because they need economies of scale. But the downside is, it tends to be inefficient if it is under government administration. However, this may not be always true. Natural...

RONALD LEE: He has been given 5 years to effect change, but after 5 years, it seems that SMRT CEO Desmond Kuek hasn’t manage to grapple with the mess left behind by his predecessor, Ms Saw Phaik Hwa. Now, with amnesty given to ground-level SMRT staff if they report any lapses in maintenance (a limited time only offer), has the time come for the decorated former Singapore Chief of Defence Forces...

HAROLD CHAI: I remember raising this question shortly after the MRT track deaths of 2016 – how has SMRT been consistently winning all these awards for training, HR practices, performance, and even a top executive award for CEO Desmond Kuek? And even a top award for auditing! Look at that long list of awards below, and that’s just 2015 and 2016. In the light of the recent revelation that...

ELSON: What a bloody waste of money and a good building that held so many fond memories for Singaporeans. The Sports Hub – where grass cannot grow and concerts cannot be held with surety that no infrastructural cock-ups will happen – was introduced with great fanfare as our new national stadium. Singaporeans didn’t ask for this – which begs the question of whether it was another scholar-driven...

RONALD LEE: “In the good old days…” you know this now infamous quote by Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan ends with “hara kiri” lah. So while SMRT and the LTA is willing to throw the maintenance team under the bus (or the train, for good measure) for falsifying maintenance records, where does the buck stop? Purely with ground staff? Because there’s an economic adage that the “rot begins...

SDP chief Dr Chee Soon Juan has written a scathing account of why the PAP’s “elitist model”  of leadership is the “biggest threat” to Singapore. Dr Chee cited examples of scholars-turned-military-men like SMRT’s Desmond Kuek, the man who oversaw the obliteration of Neptune Orient Lines Ng Yat Chung, and LTA’s Chew Meng Leong, whom he claims were utter failures thrust into the private...

The public votes, and their vote is reliant on perception. Come the next General Election (likely 2020), the PAP will likely drop points after the whole process in which Mdm Halimah Yacob’s PE2017 walkover win. The negative reactions to her appointment has been overwhelming, to an extent which has not been seen in the past 4 presidential elections. Data intelligence firm Meltwater The Meltwater...

HENRY: The NTU Confessions contributor is right lah, police and SCDF is really damn low-class in Singapore. Why? Because everything they do, go left or right, also tio complain and they don’t get the same respect as those from the army or navy  or air force even though they every pia just to keep you safe. You see lah: When police stop next to prata stall to attend to case, people cow beh officers...

ELSON: If you’ve run a business, you’ll know how tough it is. It’s not just the operations, but the risk and fear of loss after all that money pumped in that could possibly kill you instead of diabetes. Not to mention, the one-man-show efforts to get everything up and running. Now, there’s a Mr Salleh Marican who’s hoping that he will be granted leniency by the Election Dept so he can run...

RONALD LEE: Many have derided the Workers’ Party for their latest move to bring up the “counting” issue regarding PE2017 in parliament again. They say that the WP should have locked the barn door before the horse bolted and not after. Actually, WP chairman Sylvia Lim did try way back in February. Then, if Minister in the PMO Maj-Gen Chan Chun Sing had not been so accusatory and vague, the courts...