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PAP elitist, don’t feel for the people – Ngiam Tong Dow

Source: The Online Citizen By Andrew Loh on October 1, 2013 The following is an extract of the transcripts of an interview held by Dr Toh Han Chong (THC) of the Singapore Medical Association News (SMA News) newsletter, with former

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10 sayings by ex-top civil servant Ngiam Tong Dow

” International Medical Centre : A Missed Opportunity, or Not Too Late?” See the full interview transcript here where top ex-civil servant Ngiam Tong Dow’s wide-ranging interview in the September edition of the Singapore Medical Association newsletter criticised Singapore’s “tamer” public

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Winning back public trust after GE

Askmelah’s Note on 22Jan2014: 3 years after the election, the trust level with this Government continues to slip.  Immigration continues to go up, prices of properties continues to rise to record level, construction boom is everywhere, MRT continues to break

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Spread young talent among schools

Source: Todayonline  30 Aug 2012 Concentrating the best students in top schools is not ideal, says Ngiam Tong Dow SINGAPORE- The Republic’s young talent should be spread out across the island’s schools, instead of being concentrated in a few elite

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Singapore ‘should nurture wealth creators, not just wealth managers’

Source: Todayonline  17 May 2012 Singapore has to decide, going forward, whether it aims to be a “Jurong Island” or a “Shenton Way”, said retired top civil servant Ngiam Tong Dow at a forum yesterday. Pitting the two models against

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Lessons from 40 years of policymaking in S’pore

Source: Wikipedia The following are excerpts from yesterday’s address by former senior civil servant NGIAM TONG DOW to the Economic Society of Singapore THIS is the first time I am addressing a group of fellow economists. As individuals, economists are

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The politics behind (Singapore’s) development policies

Source: The Sunday Times  19 Nov 2011 By Ngiam Tong Dow Governance entered the political vocabulary only recently. Hitherto we spoke of good administration and good government. So what is good governance? To me, good governance is honest, efficient and

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Singapore must achieve more with less

By NGIAM TONG DOW  IN THE aftermath of GE 2011, a new buzzword entered our political vocabulary. Political reporters wrote about the ‘new normal’ of Singapore politics. Being an ‘old normal’, I wondered what was new. From third world to first:

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Ngiam Tong Dow the policy maker

Source: The straits times  NOVEMBER 21, 2010 Ngiam Tong Dow has always had Singapore’s best interests at heart, reports Vikram Khanna As a policymaker, Mr Ngiam Tong Dow has shepherded the Singapore economy through its transition from Third World to First.

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My favourite quote today

"I am afraid the cruise ship is over capacity limit, and it used to be a luxury cruise ship. The designer’s claim that it is not sinkable, the name is Titanic. There are not enough life boats, no preparation or provision for failure. Thank you Mr Goh for reminding us." - Low Thia Khiang

"Till today, I am still puzzled by why the PAP cannot fight a fair election without gerrymandering, abusing the GRC system, basically, making sure they enter into a boxing ring with an opponent who is expected to fight them with hands tied behind the back. There is a reason why bullies are not popular in schools. Why not be the school prefect?" - Alvinology

"The question to ask is what lies at the root of the discontent or the disengagement between the G and the people. I am going to stick my neck out and say that it is ministerial salaries. I consider it the root of all evil. Serious. It reduces what should be a social compact into a business contract. " - Bertha Henson