Ministers must answer for shocking neglect in public spending

Singapore Democrats

Accounts of lapses and neglect in public spending by government ministries and departments documented in the Auditor-General's Office (AGO) latest report are shocking. They include (but are not limited to):

  • The Singapore Police Force overpaying its Volunteer Special Constabulary officers in allowance to the tune of about $2.63 million over a per... Read more »

SDP raises questions about 1MDB and the KL-Singapore high-speed railway project

Singapore Democrats

Given the recent announcement of the US Department of Justice's (DoJ's) investigation into 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) and the alleged corrupt practices in the company, the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) of the high-speed railway (HSR) is troubling.

The first issue involves the terminus of the HSR in Kuala Lumpur called Bandar Malaysia. 1MDB used to own Bandar Mal... Read more »

PSLE grading change is meaningless

Singapore Democrats

The switch to using Achievement Levels from T-scores to grade Primary 6 students is meant to, according to the Ministry of Education, reduce the stress of students.

Such a view completely misses the point that as long as we rank classes and schools, parents and their children will fight for positions in the best streams in the top schools, no matter the kind of grading system employed.

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SDP calls for COI on lift mishaps in light of latest E M Services investigation

Singapore Democrats

It has transpired that a few companies are being investigated for refusing to supply spare parts to lift repair and maintenance contractors because of anti-competitor practices.

One of these companies is E M Services, a property-management company that manages nine PAP-run Town Councils. E M Services is also a lift supplier as well as maintenance contractor.

According ... Read more »

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Your Email: Voice of a Small Business Owner

11 March 2016   by Adeline

Dear SDP,

I read the facebook note by Dr Chee that shared the story about a small independent bookstore appealing for help to stay afloat. It gives a glimpse of what is really happening to many small retailers. While I sympathize with the owner, we should also take note of things from a broader perspective by looking into the challenges faced by small business owners in Singapore.

As a small business owner over the past 10 years, I personally witness that many local retailers (big or small) are suffering because of the economic downturn...