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Politics dragged to the playground: Chee vs PM Lee and MM Lee

Posted by jtsmyth8 on May 27, 2008

Sparks flew and insults were traded on Tuesday as opposition politician Chee Soon Juan squared off with Prime Minister Lee Hsein Loong and Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew in court over a defamation case.

‘Mr Lee, we meet at last,’ said Mr Chee, secretary general of the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP), as he cross-examined MM Lee, 84, at a hearing in the Supreme Court.

‘You have been avoiding me,’ Mr Chee told MM Lee, who was on the stand at a hearing to assess the amount of damages to be awarded to him and his son, PM Lee, 56.

This set the stage for a series of heated exchanges between the protagonists and their counsels.

‘You have nothing of substance against me,’ MM Lee told Mr Chee in one of the clashes as Mr Chee groped for questions.

At one point, MM Lee called Mr Chee a ‘liar’ a ‘cheat’ and a ‘near-psychopath’.

MM Lee and PM Lee have already won a summary judgement against the SDP, Mr Chee and his sister Chee Siok Chin. (story)

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Medishield insurance gets improvements

Posted by jtsmyth8 on April 4, 2008

For $10 more a month, most people will no longer have to pay huge out-of-pocket payments for big hospital bills.

Now, the Medishield insurance scheme pays only about 55 per cent of big bills in the subsidised B2 and C class wards. This means that a patient with a $10,000 a bill has to fork out $4,500.

Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan wants the patient’s share to be lower, at about 20 per cent. So he is almost doubling the maximum payouts, making the announcement after launching the job fair for the Khoo Teck Puat Hospital in Yishun on Thursday.

Premiums will go up by less than $5 a month for those younger than 60 years, and by less than $10 for people aged 60 to 80.

Dr Fatima Lateef, who is on the Government Parliamentary Committee (GPC) for Health, said the increase in premiums was ‘very reasonable’ and the ‘reduction in out of pocket payment would be a great welcome.’ (story)

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Refer to the Thai PM by grabbing your nose

Posted by jtsmyth8 on January 30, 2008

Sign-language interpreters in Thailand have run afoul of some governing party supporters by holding their noses to refer to the new prime minister.Samak Sundaravej, chosen Monday as the first elected prime minister since a Sept. 2006 coup, has been nicknamed “Mr. Rose Apple Nose” because many claim his nose resembles the fruit. (story)

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Tharman becomes Finance minister

Posted by jtsmyth8 on November 29, 2007

In a widely-anticipated promotion, Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam becomes Finance Minister from Saturday. He retains his other heavyweight portfolio as Education Minister – for now.

He will hold this post until after the Budget Debate next year, ‘when he will relinquish the appointment and the Prime Minister will make consequential changes to other Cabinet appointments’, said a statement from the PM’s Office on Thursday evening.

The brief three-paragraph statement left unanswered the question of just who will take over at Education.

After six years at the Finance Ministry’s helm, PM Lee Hsien Loong will step aside for Mr Tharman, who became Second Finance Minister in May last year. (story)

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Foreign Minister to visit China, Japan

Posted by jtsmyth8 on October 24, 2007

Foreign Minister George Yeo will visit China and Japan from Thursday to Saturday for for informal consultations on Myanmar, said a statement from the Foreign Minstry on Wednesday. Mr Minister Yeo will meet Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi on Friday in Beijing and Japanese Foreign MinisterMasahiko Koumura Saturday in Tokyo.

He will exchange views with his counterparts on how regional countries can support a genuine process of peaceful reconciliation in Myanmar and support UN Secretary General’s Special Advisor Mr Ibrahim Gambari in his mission as mediator.

Myanmar will be an important item on the agenda during the East Asia Summit on Nov 21 in Singapore.

Minister Yeo will be accompanied by officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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