How are Singaporeans doing in these four aspects of financial planning?
President Dr Tony Tan has been emphasising all along as arguably the focal point of his campaign – that the President holds the ‘key’ to the past reserves and therefore needs the experience, knowledge and expertise to make the right decisions in the future.
Letter: I refer to the article “CDCs gear up for uncertain economic climate” (Aug 11), which stated that the five Community Development Councils saw 14,179 people seeking help in the second quarter, a 34-per-cent jump from the same period last year.
Despite numerous media reports of good economic growth, jobs creation and wage increase, I think we should be alarmed that there are so many more needy Singaporean families seeking financial assistance.
Letter: I applaud the change in policy to reduce the first year admission of foreign students from the previous 20 to 18 per cent.
A dozen pithy points on improving an essential public service, some of which might also prove useful across the causeway.
A Singaporean couple can get up to hundreds of thousands of dollars of tax rebates, reliefs, etc, when they have children, whilst Malaysian PRs get nothing. So, purely from a “dollars and cents” perspective, more Malaysians may become Singaporeans.
Given the parallels between Singapore and the United States before and after the financial crisis, what does the future hold for Singapore's long-term prospects, and are we pursuing the right policies, right politics?
The statistics revealed do not seem to commensurate with the statement that Singaporeans have gotten good jobs and steady increase in real wages.
In 2010, NTUC gave vouchers that were about three times less than this year, i.e. $30.This works out to about 8 cents a day per family ($30 divided by 365 days) for last year, and about 27 cents per day for this year, to each needy union member's family who successfully apply.
As Singapore nears the polling date, writer Leong Sze Hian opines that there 25 things that may need to be transparent.