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S’poreans react to Minister Tan Chuan-Jin recovering from TB

S’poreans react to Minister Tan Chuan-Jin recovering from TB

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


Tan Chuan-Jin, Minister for Social and Family Development, was diagnosed in February 2015 with pleural tuberculosis, which infected the area between his lungs and rib cage.

He is reported to have made a full recovery in October.

Apparently, there was very little risk of Tan spreading the disease to people he came into contact with because this otherwise contagious infection was contained within his body.


Here are three thoughts Singaporeans have:


sian-half-auntie “Why didn’t Straits Times ask if this was a cover up? Why is the public only informed about this now? Where is the timeline?”
Hei Koo, 44-year-old asthma drug importer


sian-half-uncle “Voters were not told he had TB during the General Election 2015 in September. Was it a political decision?”
Hu Xi, 62-year-old shoelace maker


happy-bird-girl “No wonder his lips so white.”
Zhui Chun, 17-year-old lip balm retailer










Govt confirms CPF money is your money if you think it is, not your money if you think it isn’t

Govt confirms CPF money is your money if you think it is, not your money if you think it isn’t

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It is what you think it is.

The Singapore government has confirmed once and for all that money in your Central Provident Fund account belongs to whoever Singaporeans think it belongs to.

This after Minister Tan Chuan-Jin said in May 2014 that “Money in CPF account is your money”:


On the other hand, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on March 4, 2015, almost a year later, that CPF money can also be thought of as not your money.


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One government spokesperson, Kong Chee Kim, has since come out to clarify this confusion about who exactly does your CPF money belong to: “Your CPF money can, in fact, be anything you imagine it to be.”

“If you think your CPF money belongs to you, then it belongs to you.”

“If you think the CPF money doesn’t belong to you, then it doesn’t belong to you but to someone else, as a collective pool of funds for everyone’s use or locked up as part of the state’s coffers that drives the economy as it is used to finance spending.”

“Actually, to tell you the truth, this is something almost all Singaporeans don’t realise: Ask not if the CPF money belongs to you or doesn’t belong to you. Ask whether you, as a Singaporean, belong to the CPF?”


Your CPF is like The Dress. Everybody sees it differently:

CPF blogger Roy Ngerng says dress is black & blue after PM Lee said it’s white & gold

Samsung heeds Minister of State Tan Chuan-Jin’s advice

Samsung heeds Minister of State Tan Chuan-Jin’s advice

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Korean gadget company embraces change indeed.

Senior Minister of State for National Development Tan Chuan-Jin said at an informal dialogue organised on Aug. 28 at SMU’s campus:

Embrace change ‘when necessary’

The dialogue was organised by the university and the Government’s feedback unit, Reach, to gather views from young Singaporeans on Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s National Day Rally speech.

Not sure if Singaporeans were going Tan’s way, but it turns out that Korean electronics giant Samsung took heed of Tan’s advice by sending 30 trucks filled with 5-cent coins to Apple’s headquarters in California as payment for the fine ruled by the US jury in the recently concluded patent battle between the two tech giants.

Why you feel like Teo Chee Hean when reading the news these days:

“It’s all bullshit!”

Tan Chuan-Jin gunning for sustained public engagement

Tan Chuan-Jin gunning for sustained public engagement

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This is a 60-second reduction of the original article published in The Straits Times on Sept. 28.

Brigadier-General Tan Chuan-Jin has been Minister of State for National Development and Manpower since May after his electoral victory contesting in Marine Parade GRC.

Known for being personable and approachable, the 43-year-old has been engaging civil society members, interest groups and the public-at-large through face-to-face meetings and social media tools such as Facebook and Twitter.

Tan has maintained that his commitment to public engagement was not born of the election results in which the PAP got hammered by garnering barely 60.1 percent of votes, its lowest share since independence.

He is motivated by the belief that public engagement can aspire and achieve something greater.

He said, “When you’re engaged, you also have a greater sense of motivation, a greater sense of purpose, a greater sense of ownership as opposed to just listening for direction and then you just execute it.”

He also believes the process of getting citizens interested and involved is “almost an end in itself”, and something he would like to see more of.

Moreover, the public’s expectations on engagement have also risen, Tan said.

Tan also came to the defence of the government’s taciturnity saying that there are times the government cannot give immediate answers because it is talking to people earlier in the policymaking process and there is no outcome to speak of as yet.

But the goal eventually is to create beneficial policies, as Tan said, “The end objective which we must not lose track of is, how do we create good policies that would benefit Singaporeans now and in the steady state?”

This is crucial as there is a need to be aware of the need for the government to be “politically sensible” about making decisions in a society with more and stronger political parties and a vocal public”.

He is, nonetheless, part of the PAP’s 12-member election post-mortem committee, charged with addressing issues such as party reinvention and engagement.

More importantly, Tan’s sentiment during the run-up to the General Election that “a strong opposition with diverse voices is important”  still stands today.

He said that it is not just to keep the PAP on its toes but ought to result in better clarity by making people in government “think deeper, harder, about the things that you’re grappling with”.

And social media is where some of these concerns have been heard the loudest as “every individual has a loudspeaker”.

“You need to pay attention to that – why are people feeling that way? Is it correct? Is it fair? Sometimes there are also issues with our policies that we need to look at. Is it the way they are communicated, or substantively some of these policies really ought to be adjusted?”, Tan asked, somewhat rhetorically.

Most importantly, he denies people in the PAP are “all from the same mould”.