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DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER TO FORGET Pt II


Will the rich help the poor in $ingapore?



The nation-builder press, May 18 2002

This is what the report said: "A group of private individuals is starting a charity campaign to raise $200 million a year by encouraging $ingapore’s super-rich to surrender their Economic Restructuring Shares [ERS].

"The reason? To show that some well-off $ingaporeans are not averse to giving their money to a good cause."

"It’s been 204 days since that report and we are still waiting for an update."
- The young, restless and cynical Mirror of Opinion, Dec 8 2002

The report also said: "PM Goh Chok Tong had, in Dec 2000, announced a similar initiative, asking people and companies to donate 0.5 per cent of their incomes or profits to charity." We also do not recall any updates on this matter.


DON'T FORGET TO REMEMBER TO FORGET Pt III



The nation-builder press, Sept 14 2002.

"The above nation-building news appeared almost three months ago. We quote: "Health minister Lim Hng Kiang, facing criticism about the price increases at public hospitals, said yesterday that he is prepared to have the matter thrashed out in Parliament..."

As far as we recall there was no debate. Instead the nation was given a debate on education in late November.



"The editors of our newspapers, I don't ask them what they're going to write in the headlines tomorrow, neither do they ask my permission, neither do I want them to do so."
- The nation-builder press, Nov 1 2002, quoting acting minister for information David Lim.

"Who should remind forgetful ministers?"
- The young, restless and cynical Mirror of Opinion, Dec 2 2002.


THE HIGH COST OF LIVING

With GST confirmed to rise to 5 per cent on Jan 1 2003, it will mean an additional burden to bear of $1.32 billion a year, forever.

The government has also refused to restore CPF cuts. Which means the 1999 CPF cuts, which cost Singapore workers $7.5 billion in earnings a year, remains for a fourth year. That's a total of $30 billion that workers have sacrificed so far.

Workers wages have also been frozen by order of the National Wages Council. Living in $ingapore is a high cost affair. And WORKERS ARE THE ONES ASKED TIME AND TIME AGAIN TO BEAR THE BURDEN AND MAKE THE SACRIFICE.


IT'S ALL TOO MUCH

"Will it be too much to hope, with the news that the recession is cutting deeper, that the [PAP] ministers will at last take a cut in their salaries to empathise with the thousands of workers who have lost their jobs or have had to take wage cuts."
JB Jeyaretnam in a statement that was reported by AFP Nov 20 2002. There was ABSOLUTELY NO MENTION OF THIS IN THE NATION-BUILDER PRESSES OF $INGAPORE. Low Thia Kiang’s Workers Party have said nothing.

HOLY MATRIMONY, BATMAN!

"SINGAPORE Press Holdings (SPH), the main media arm of the Singapore government, has forged a deal to supply news to a Shanghai-based newspaper controlled by Xinhua.

"The tie-up will see the first formal collaboration between the two countries' press arms, both of which are extensively influenced by their governments and are regarded as tools for 'nation-building'."
South China Morning Post’s Jake Lloyd-Smith, Nov 21 2002.



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