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Effective policies matter more than courting popularity: Shanmugam

Published on Mar 29, 2014 8:05 AM
 
Singapore's leaders need to do the right thing by their people in policymaking, rather than get caught up in "the numbers game",  said Foreign Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam on Friday. -- ST FILE PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

Singapore's leaders need to do the right thing by their people in policy-making, said Foreign Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam yesterday, rather than get caught up in "the numbers game".

He made the point at a Foreign Correspondents Association lunch, when asked for his sense of the level of support for the ruling People's Action Party.

"The last thing I want to do is to say that we want to have policies in order to get, from a purely political perspective, some numbers back. I think the moment you start doing that, the country will go down."

For instance, with a rapidly ageing population and concerns over health-care costs, the right thing to do was to introduce universal health-care coverage, said Mr Shanmugam, who is also the Law Minister. This will be in the form of the new MediShield Life, which will replace the national health insurance scheme next year and cover citizens for life.

 
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