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Adjournment motion on better oversight of public expenditures

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The PAP Government will continue to exercise prudence in its public expenditure and act in the interests of Singaporeans and Singapore, said Minister in the Prime Minister's Office and Second Minister for Finance Indranee Rajah. Rebutting NCMP Leong Mun Wai in Parliament on Monday (Oct 3), she said his allegations about Government management of public expenditure and his objections to the Sports Hub and SPH Media Trust transactions are completely without basis, yet he has continued to pursue them repeatedly. She said despite having been explained to him many times, what he did in his adjournment motion was to pool certain figures from public sources, build on them and then attempt to link them to a completely unrelated issue, the Goods and Services Tax (GST). Ms Indranee said a "charitable view" is that Mr Leong genuinely does not understand the expenditure figures or the rationale that has been explained. If he does understand them, one other conclusion is that this can only be a "deliberate and cynical attempt" to stoke anxiety and disquiet, confuse Singaporeans and damage the Government, she said. Ms Indranee asked members of the House, as well as Singaporeans, "not to be taken in", but to reject these "bogus allegations" and to support the Government so that it can continue to sustain good governance and sound policies for the benefit of all Singaporeans. Ms Indranee said in persisting with this insinuations, Mr Leong is doing a disservice to Singapore, the Government and public servants looking after the public purse. In his adjournment motion, Mr Leong stressed the need to rein in public expenditure before increasing taxes like the GST. He highlighted the "significant outlay" of taxpayers' money for SPH Media Trust and the Sports Hub as reminders of the urgent need to ensure better oversight of public expenditures. He said the Government and the House must ensure that "every tax dollar is properly spent". He said the Government must respond in full and urged the House to refer these expenditures to the Public Accounts Committee.

The PAP Government will continue to exercise prudence in its public expenditure and act in the interests of Singaporeans and Singapore, said Minister in the Prime Minister's Office and Second Minister for Finance Indranee Rajah. Rebutting NCMP Leong Mun Wai in Parliament on Monday (Oct 3), she said his allegations about Government management of public expenditure and his objections to the Sports Hub and SPH Media Trust transactions are completely without basis, yet he has continued to pursue them repeatedly. She said despite having been explained to him many times, what he did in his adjournment motion was to pool certain figures from public sources, build on them and then attempt to link them to a completely unrelated issue, the Goods and Services Tax (GST). Ms Indranee said a "charitable view" is that Mr Leong genuinely does not understand the expenditure figures or the rationale that has been explained. If he does understand them, one other conclusion is that this can only be a "deliberate and cynical attempt" to stoke anxiety and disquiet, confuse Singaporeans and damage the Government, she said. Ms Indranee asked members of the House, as well as Singaporeans, "not to be taken in", but to reject these "bogus allegations" and to support the Government so that it can continue to sustain good governance and sound policies for the benefit of all Singaporeans. Ms Indranee said in persisting with this insinuations, Mr Leong is doing a disservice to Singapore, the Government and public servants looking after the public purse. In his adjournment motion, Mr Leong stressed the need to rein in public expenditure before increasing taxes like the GST. He highlighted the "significant outlay" of taxpayers' money for SPH Media Trust and the Sports Hub as reminders of the urgent need to ensure better oversight of public expenditures. He said the Government and the House must ensure that "every tax dollar is properly spent". He said the Government must respond in full and urged the House to refer these expenditures to the Public Accounts Committee.

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