MCI Spends Taxpayers Money on 10,000 Straits Times Books, Each Costs S$28 in Stores


The Ministry of Communications and Information has bought 10,000 books published by the Straits Times about Singapore’s fight against Covid-19.

The book, retailing at S$28 at bookstores, will be distributed to government ministries and agencies.

Titled “In This Together: Singapore’s Covid-19 Story”, the 352-page book is written by Straits Times journalists.

It contains interviews with government leaders such as Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, as well as other government officials and front-line workers.

The public has questioned the need for a book to be published at this point of time, since the Covid-19 pandemic isn’t over in Singapore and across the world.

More have taken to online platforms to question why the government has spent possibly S$280,000 of taxpayers’ money on 10,000 copies of the book.

Many hope that the MCI received a discount on books that likely will end up unread and used as bookshelf displays, since most Singaporeans, especially frontline workers, are still busy with their day-to-day struggle as the pandemic continues.

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