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NCMP Gerald Giam in 2009: How PAP uses taxpayer-funded grassroots for political gain #sgelections

NCMP Gerald Giam in 2009: How PAP uses taxpayer-funded grassroots for political gain #sgelections

How PAP uses taxpayer-funded grassroots for political gain May 29, 2011 by admin Filed under: Current Affairs and Politics Originally written by Gerald Giam (Gerald Giam blogs at http://geraldgiam.sg/ and is a Worker’s Party NCMP.) The People’s Association (PA), a statutory board under the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports, was set up in 1960 to counter the influence of Chinese clan associations and unions on working class Singaporeans. Like all other stat boards, it receives a yearly grant from the government to run its programmes and cover operational costs. In FY2008, PA received $280 million from taxpayers, and another $23 million in “operating income”. It spent a total of $320 million last year. However unlike most stat boards, whose chairmen are usually the permanent secretary of the parent ministry or some other senior civil servant, PA’s chairman ...

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