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S’poreans react to Ministry of National Development releasing news on Workers’ Party’s AHPETC on Saturday

S’poreans react to Ministry of National Development releasing news on Workers’ Party’s AHPETC on Saturday

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Three thoughts that must have went past your mind at some point.

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The Ministry of National Development (MND) put out a press release on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, saying it found that FM Solutions and Services (FMSS) — the former managing agent of Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council (AHPETC) — has been “grossly profiteering” off the town council.

The news comes barely two weeks before General Election 2015 polling day on Sept. 11 and on the same day the Workers’ Party is unveiling its manifesto.

Here are three thoughts Singaporeans have:

 

sian-half-auntie “If only the Ministries and civil servants worked on Saturdays to solve problems for Singaporeans rather than trying to destroy PAP’s opponents.”
Hun Zhang, 43-year-old ex-civil servant

 

sian-half-uncle “The issue here is simple: The money that friend’s of Workers’ Party profited should have been made by friend’s of PAP.”
Chi Qian, 63-year-old licensed money lender

 

happy-bird-girl “More needs to be done to ensure ministries and civil servants work on Sundays too since they like to work on Saturdays.”
Jiak Leow Bee, 18-year-old unemployed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 











S’poreans agree with Khaw Boon Wan: ‘We can’t remember the last time anyone used religion to make money’

S’poreans agree with Khaw Boon Wan: ‘We can’t remember the last time anyone used religion to make money’

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That’s just unthinkable, Singaporeans say.

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Singaporeans from all walks of life, especially those in Sengkang Fernvale, are nodding their heads vigorously and agreeing with Minister for National Development Khaw Boon Wan.

This after Minister Khaw said in parliament on Jan. 29, 2015, regarding the Fernvale columbarium, that it is unthinkable for anyone to use religion for a profit motive:

“For example, for 20-odd years, we would never have thought that a for-profit company would participate in a non-profit making venture like building a Chinese temple. But, of course, in this instance… the motivations are very different.”

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“And because temples or churches are non-profit making, we just assumed that (for-profit) making companies will not be taking part in a non-profit making venture. So that was how things cropped up.”

Singaporeans who heard this statement, said they, like Minister Khaw, cannot recall when was the last time anyone in Singapore would build a commercial building that was also used for religion and to make money from rental.

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One Singaporean, Mei Li Yew, said: “There hasn’t been any high profile cases recently or at all. Don’t think I can remember any. Nope.”

“I’m really racking my brains. But nope, still can’t think of one single incident.”

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Another local, Shang Fa Ting, said he too has trouble trying to come up with another example where religion has somehow been linked to wealth: “It has never occurred to me that religion will be used for a profit motive. I don’t think this kind of thing has ever happened in Singapore before.”

“There hasn’t been any past cases in recent memory that serves as a case study. So, it is definitely just an innocuous oversight on the part of the Ministry of National Development and their tender process that needs a re-look, maybe a minor tweak here or there.”

“Moreover, human nature generally is not greedy. Religion and money have never been known to mix. So no big deal.”

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Other Singaporeans who are putting their heads together to bring at least one counter example to mind, said they have given up trying because the process of recollection is simply exhausting and there are no incidents to recall: “We really can’t remember. In the last 20 years, definitely nothing.”

“Was there any church that happened to be involved in some incident where there was a scandal involving money?”

“In the last two to three years, mmm… think I’m getting something… Nah, nothing.”

“Sorry.”

 

Here are all the non-religious news:

Some LOL comments made by City Harvest Church members

City Harvest Church goers regret not paying Sun Ho half million dollars to stop singing

 

 

 

 

 





Review of software sale to AIM to complete by GE2016

Review of software sale to AIM to complete by GE2016

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Expected date of completion pushed back just because.

The guy on the left is Chandra Das for sure, the other two... erm ya.

The guy on the left is Chandra Das for sure, the other two… erm ya.

The review on the sale of software by PAP town councils to PAP-owned company Action Information Management (AIM) has once again been extended.

The Ministry of National Development (MND), which is conducting the review in the interest of transparency in January — following accusatory exchanges between the Workers’ Party (WP) and PAP town councils and AIM — had said that it was extending the review by a month at the start of April after the public perceived them to be taking their own sweet time.

However, April came and went, and then nothing.

But New Nation now understands that the deadline has again been pushed back and the review is targeted to be completed by GE2016.

One source who is familiar with the review but declined to be named said: “The software in 14 PAP town councils was sold to AIM — the sole bidder — in a tender conducted in 2010. It was chop chop curry pok.”

“Obviously not everything can be carried out as quickly as that. Certainly not this review.”