Open letter to PM Lee regarding budget

Dear Prime Minister Lee,

Recently at the opening of the Sengkang General Hospital, you spoke about the aging population of Singapore. You spoke about how the healthcare spending was “unsustainable” and that for future health funding, some “hard choices” on health spending needed to be made.

MOH’s budget for 2019 is slated to be $11.5 billion. But as you know, MINDEF’s budget at $15.5 billion. This is an astounding 32.5% and $4 billion more than MOH’s budget. Sengkang GH was built for about $1.1 billion, which means that MOH could have built 4 more Sengkang GHs if it had MINDEF’s budget!

As you have mentioned in the past, we have an aging population and therefore their demand for medical services is correspondingly more. This is a demographically proven fact. On the other hand, there is no demonstrated future potential military aggressor against our country that warrants $15.5 billion in defence spending. There is no Air Force operating in SE Asia and beyond that requires an F-35 Stealth Fighter to defeat.

There is no naval threat that requires top of the line brand new German submarines. To this day, the citizens of Singapore have never been told who specifically the potential military threats to Singapore are. If you are asking the taxpayers to ante up $15.5 billion, I would think they deserve to know this information.

Countries like ROC, Israel, South Korea, Japan, etc. know specifically who their potential enemies are. Why don’t we? More incredibly, the combined defence budget for our 2 closest neighbours (Malaysia and Indonesia) is only $14.3 billion, $1 billion less than ours. And yet, they have a combined population 100 times greater than ours at 300 million.

When MINDEF’s budget is scrutinized closer, we find line items such as Code Number 2400 “International & Public Relations, Public Communications” where $30 million is budgeted for it. Really? This was a 54% increase in this line item over the previous year. $30 million a year for PR and spin doctors? Why?

In the end, it seems to me that the unsustainable budget here is not the Health budget. Rather, it’s the Defence budget. We really cannot afford it. There really are no hard choices to be made here.

There is an easy choice. Cut defence spending and allocate it to health. It’s as simple as that.

 

Kum Weng Lai

 

 

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22 Responses to “Open letter to PM Lee regarding budget”

  • opposition dude:

    The problem with PAP is that they like to show off. And what better way to show off than by buying very expensive military weapons yearly? Whatever we have now is never enough because the tanks, rovers, ships, missiles, support vehicles etc are all in constant need of either being upgraded or new ones must be bought no matter the cost.

    The PAP forgets that while we may have the newest and deadliest weapons known to man at any one time we aren’t sure if our military boys can actually handle them. All weapons need ammunition or else they are useless. So what happens in a prolonged war when we run out of ammunition? Call the USA to help ah?

    So PAP buying weapons is not for self defence, it’s just to show off we are filthy rich year after year when so much is spent on defence. Nothing more than that.

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  • nizhemoshou:

    simi healthcare spending unsustainable? when the clown bast**d talks like that , he just means he is going to cause the already high healthcare costs to go up manifolds again [can expect it to happen after the GE] .
    So Sgs get ready for another rude awakening More Sgs n families would find healthcare costs out of reach after the GE. Bloody clown really want to see Sgs prefer to dies than sick.

    Bloody greedy clown bast**d n wife . Not satisfied the hospitals make more money than their so called subsidies spending, they want hospitals to make even more.money for them

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  • MOO - My Opinion Only:

    对牛弹琴

    Only with more oppositions in parliament will he listen to the people.

    If we don’t vote for change, everything will remain the same.

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  • 无恶不作,于民争财:

    少废话,把这败家子给废了就是了。

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  • RDB:

    Who in their right mind will want to attack Sg to destroy HDB housing or the peeing and pooing farty. Sg no natural resources and they have.

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  • LIONS:

    Healthcare cost is escalating.
    Many older n elderly sgs prefer to suffer in silence instead of burdening their children.
    Yet,healthcare budget is still an inadequate level.

    First things,first.
    Make sure our sgs are given enough n timely medicare at affordable charges before even allocating such huge sums to DEFENCE N THE OSTENTATIOUS.

    If taking care of the health of citizens is not sustainable,why keep squandering on fighter jets that become obsolette so quickly n why not cur away F1 SUBSIDIES,FT-SCHOLARSHIPS GARDENS BY THE BAY N THE PLANNED MAUSOLEUM?

    CITIZENS’ HEALTH SHUD PRECEDE THESE PET PROJECT$ OF THE PAPig$$$.

    I think MINISTETIAL PAY N PENSIONS ARE EVEN MORE UBSUSTAINABLE,ya?

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  • Samuel S:

    Everything this government does never need to answer to her citizens. When they spend unnecessary high in Mindef she said the world is sophisticated and China is expanding into this region. When taking care of Singaporean in health, they said we are eating into the reserves. When they need to build so many hospitals is not because of the aging elders but the exploding population growth. Simply put the blame on us.

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  • Forresr Gump:

    Dear mr lee
    Your statement that healthcare budget is not sustainable is most irresponsible.
    First,your meagre health budget is much less than defence spending.
    Secondly,you allow medical cost to escalate.

    Healthcare for citizens is basic.
    If you cannot even assign a decent healthcare budget,then,you should be more austere on things like fighter jets,F1 subsidies etc.

    It is a shame you think that healthcare for citizens is not as important as squandering on defence or sponsoring frivolous things like F1.

    Time you wake up from your slumbering.
    It seems you dont really care if you are over-taxing the people especially those you make jobless via your stupid FT policy.

    Sgs have been tolerating your daft policies but that doesnt mean you can continue to be self-centred and foolish.

    Wake up before you get kick OUT!

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  • Major Cognitive Dissonance:

    Well, he’s caught between lawmaking and enforcing regulations as the citizens’ minister – on the one hand – & raking profits for his corporations while soliciting funds for the investments that would boost his ceo bonuses – on the other hand.

    Wherefore our CPF?

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  • Pink:

    Hosting USA n n Korea cost $20 million. What a cock of an expense?

    I am sure this came from line 2400……..pink man is a real mathematics cock.

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  • 努鲁湖大矮立阿汪摸蛤蟆:

    你安全了

    才能有安全的地方养病养老

    谁能在不安全的地方养病养老?

    不安全的地方什么最出名?。。。。难民,对吗?

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  • never believe pap:

    we used to sell things to mindef.

    from what we know it is the best customer. for every product sold, the profit can last at least 3 years.

    mindef pretends to have a buying system in place. but all the mindef Ljs and Cbs are jiak liao bees. all writing reports. so if seller is smart enough, and patient enough, will make the profit that lasts at least 3 years.

    the best are the non scholar uniformed jiak liao bees. this is how they talk, “don’t talk to us about money”, like money is not a concern.

    these useless wasteful uniformed Ljs and Cbs, especially the colonel ranked Ljs, cannot go any higher. the scholar generals all so busy with writing nobody is reading reports who are supposed to oversee the non scholar Ljs and Cbs all moved around so fast NOT a single oversight takes place.

    long story short. looks good on the outside does not mean any good on the inside. Spore throws too much citizen S$ on the outside. When everything is rotten on the inside.

    local Us all rank very high? because a lot of citizen S$ is thrown on the outside. the facade all look good. but the inside all rotten. that is why the local U goh chock tong is such a piece of mediocre shit. ONLY managed to produce swiss cost of living.

    spending S$b on hospitals is NOT the same as wasting S$b in mindef.

    mindef is 100% a piece of wasteful whitewashed facade. hospitals TRULY reduce waiting time for 70% sheep.

    70% sheep needs to wake up and vote against wasteful lying pap.

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    NOT their money what!!!…
    and the KickBacks from defence spending is???

    …ask Najib, the Pinky’s good friend who even went to the extent of murdering a Mongolian lady in order not give her her share of US500,000 as a translator…

    and translators are well rewarded during the Japanese occupation leh!!!

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  • Another Educated Daft:

    There are many open letters to the clown already,
    these letters will keep the dustbin full.

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  • oxygen:

    @ Forresr Gump

    I LAUGH UNCONTROLLABLY on reading this.

    Forresr Gump: Wake up before you get kick OUT!

    BUT I THINK, MORE LIKELY THAN NOT, they will get KICK OUT before they wake up!!

    Ha ha ha. hilarious.

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  • Selfish Sinkie Syndrome:

    To Kum Weng Lai,

    Although, I applaud your open letter to that dishonorable son, but in all honesty, I doubt he will even be bothered to read it.

    Look, the only way forward now for this Sinkieland is to VTO, especially and particularly that dishonarable son.

    Isn’t it obvious that all else is just talk and are simply useless?

    If you had been part of the 70% in the past, then you better switch sides or all your time spend writing open letters is going to be a complete waste of everyone’s time.

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  • jc:

    Why so concern about the defence budget? Majority 70% money. They are very happy pap spend on defence to show off than building more hospital. No need to complain, 70% happy we have no say. Btw, i am happy lhl focus on defence rather than healthcare. As long it doesn’t benefit citizen, i am happy and fine with it. Cause this is the only way to wake up bloody 70% idiots. Sorry to the rest of the 30%

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  • Dr Tan CB PSP topples pap:

    jc:

    Sorry to the rest of the 30%

    No worries bro.

    Every day since GE2015 we clap clap clap when 70% sheep suffers more in the land of birth via the pap Ljs and pap Cbs they put into power to abuse them.

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  • Kick Out Corrupt PAP:

    The clown is enjoying his life, plenty of free time to attend concert, to fiddle.
    Retired Woody attended concert, current PM also attended concert, both are very carefree to spy on each other. Both took millions or even billions. Can see that no big difference between retirement and in office.

    While you sweat it out writing a useless letter, or picking rubbish for a living, the clown is not going to care, other than enriching himself by devicing more scheming milking plots.

    The only way to change things is to vote PAP out, investigate the perpetuators of evil, recover the money, send them to jail.

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  • Big Black Holes:

    FDR warned of the Military Industrial Complex decades ago.
    We are following in the footstep of the US politicians—now we have 2 MICs
    Medical Industrial Complex and Military Industrial Complex.
    Tax-payers need to learn to ask questions; but dont hold your breadth; 70% daft sinkies live their lives in fear and ignorance.

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  • 新国马仔,再蠢不过:

    努鲁湖大矮立阿汪摸蛤蟆:
    你安全了

    才能有安全的地方养病养老

    谁能在不安全的地方养病养老?

    不安全的地方什么最出名?。。。。难民,对吗?

    安全的地方,也是饿死的地方。

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  • Mindef Biz a Lucrative Pain:

    never believe pap:
    we used to sell things to mindef.

    from what we know it is the best customer. for every product sold, the profit can last at least 3 years.

    mindef pretends to have a buying system in place. but all the mindef Ljs and Cbs are jiak liao bees. all writing reports. so if seller is smart enough, and patient enough, will make the profit that lasts at least 3 years.

    the best are the non scholar uniformed jiak liao bees. this is how they talk, “don’t talk to us about money”, like money is not a concern.

    these useless wasteful uniformed Ljs and Cbs, especially the colonel ranked Ljs, cannot go any higher. the scholar generals all so busy with writing nobody is reading reports who are supposed to oversee the non scholar Ljs and Cbs all moved around so fast NOT a single oversight takes place.

    long story short. looks good on the outside does not mean any good on the inside. Spore throws too much citizen S$ on the outside. When everything is rotten on the inside.

    local Us all rank very high? because a lot of citizen S$ is thrown on the outside. the facade all look good. but the inside all rotten. that is why the local U goh chock tong is such a piece of mediocre shit. ONLY managed to produce swiss cost of living.

    spending S$b on hospitals is NOT the same as wasting S$b in mindef.

    mindef is 100% a piece of wasteful whitewashed facade. hospitals TRULY reduce waiting time for 70% sheep.

    70% sheep needs to wake up and vote against wasteful lying pap.

    Fully agree. Despite milking them, it’s still a waste of tax money that could be put to better use.
    It is much easier to handle them than any other seasoned company.
    Mindef is a pain to work with, but easy to handle and can milk them deeply because they are very reliant on suppliers.

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