21 April 2014

Silly Jubilee Baby Gift Idea

The National Population and Talent Division in the Prime Minister's Office is leading an initiative to put together a "small yet meaningful" gift supposedly from all Singaporeans for Singaporean babies born next year.

2015 marks the 50th anniversary of Singapore's independence.

If each gift costs $100, the total cost will be approximately $3 million. This money is better spent on other more worthwhile causes. But, then again, our Government seems to be quite generous when it comes to spending on headline grabbing events e.g., the inaugural Youth Olympics.

08 April 2014

Dialects and the Pioneer Generation

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Tharman Shanmugaratnam told Parliament that the Pioneer Generation Package ("PGP") beneficiaries did not need not worry even if they were unsure of the PGP's exact benefits because the benefits would be provided to them automatically.

Notwithstanding that, the Government is embarking on an extensive drive to reach out to PGP beneficiaries, possibly because politicians mostly find it difficult to resist being associated with providing a lifetime $8 billion freebie to an estimated one out of every six voters.

As part of this outreach, the Ministry of Communications and Information ("MCI") recently released a video showing a "fortune teller" using the Hokkien dialect to explain the PGP to an elderly woman.

02 April 2014

Notable Quotes 2014 Q1

Public Order (Additional Temporary Measures) Bill
[The Public Order (Additional Temporary Measures) Bill provides] for a focused set of powers, far more limited than the extensive powers available today under the Public Order Preservation Act, to support the security, traffic management, and alcohol restriction measures in Little India. The powers accorded to the Police and regulatory agencies under the Bill have precedents in our existing laws. These provisions are derived from relevant public order legislation and scoped to serve the specific objective of maintaining law and order in Little India.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Teo Chee Hean

This Bill is a disproportionate response to the riot in Little India.