Tag: pioneer package

Pioneers Unsatisfied with Rollout of New Health Benefits

In an attempt to address the rising cost of healthcare, the government has issued changes to the Community Health Assist Scheme. This is indeed a noble effort to provide greater access to health services for low and middle-income individuals. However, with a few snags...

Singapore’s elephant in the room

For the naysayers and soothsayers, the clearest indication that Singapore’ centre of gravity  is shifting to the left came when President Tony Tan opened the second session of the country’s 12th Parliament with a rare promise to his people: You will have enough money...

A counter to Budget 2014

It’s been hard trying to focus on the Singapore Government’s $8 billion Pioneer Generation health package this past week.  Coverage has been about 98 per cent propaganda and two per cent uncritical commentary in major media. A fairly comprehensive counter proposal finally emerged a...

Tharman’s test as a politician

By Augustine Low Tharman Shanmugaratnam has been in the news this past week. He was singled out by Tan Cheng Bock as an exception to the rule in the current leadership – “he’s got the charisma to convince me that I want to go along...