Tag: Government

Tharman: Spirit of an activist, sense of moral purpose in government needed

Singapore—Senior Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam, one of the most well-respected officials in the cabinet of Lee Hsien Loong, spoke of a need for going back to “a sense of moral purpose in government” at a recent virtual discussion organised by the Lee Kuan Yew School...

S’poreans least satisfied with cost of living: Blackbox survey on government satisfaction

According to a survey done by Blackbox Corp on government satisfaction levels, Singaporeans are least satisfied with the cost of living in the country, but are happiest with national security and crime levels. The survey calculated the Government Satisfaction Index (GSI) for November 2019, which...

Govt supporters march in Hong Kong after week of chaos

by Catherine LAI / Su Xinqi Government supporters took to the streets of downtown Hong Kong on Saturday after a chaotic working week saw hardcore pro-democracy activists cause widespread disruption in the city and stretch police resources. A "Blossom Everywhere" campaign of roadblocks and vandalism across...

V K Rajah to become Attorney-General

Justice of Appeal V K Rajah will take over as Attorney-General from 25 June as Steven Chong completes his two-year stint as the government’s chief legal eagle. Chong will return to the Supreme Court, and there can be little doubt that he will be...

Forbes writer’s rejoinder

Forbes commentator Jesse Colombo predicted that Singapore was headed towards an economic meltdown. The Monetary Authority of Singapore rejected his views. Now Colombo gives a point-by-point rejoinder. Here is an excerpt: The MAS said the government has “taken decisive steps to cool property demand and...

Serve the people, serve the government

PM Lee Hsien Loong
All hands on deck! Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong yesterday clearly spelt out the role of the public service in keeping the people happy with the government. The government is also shopping for an integrated system to detect, monitor and tackle public grievances and complaints. New...

PM's speech, Ngiam's interview

Ngiam Tong Dow
Maybe the TODAY paper did not realise it. The day it published the PM's speech on how the civil service should be a more responsive organisation, it used an interview former top civil servant Ngiam Tong Dow gave to the Singapore Medical Association where he spoke...

Can there be another Pillay, another Sim Kee Boon?

JY Pillay
By Abhijit Nag Can Singapore produce another JY Pillay, Sim Kee Boon or Philip Yeo? Civil servants who can create or nurture world-class institutions? Pillay will be remembered as the visionary chairman of Singapore Airlines who turned it into a top-flight carrier, Sim as the man...

Redefining meritocracy

By Augustine Low Elitism and meritocracy have suddenly become buzzwords. Public Service Commission Chairman Eddie Teo said on Tuesday in an open letter on the PSC website that the PSC will continue to guard against elitism by having scholars from different socio-economic backgrounds as "a public...