20130728 Wrong to name scholarships with taxpayers’ money

CNA article (27 July) “New role at Temasek “a good challenge”: Lim Boon Heng” diverted from Lim Boon Heng’ new role at Temasek to his past business-related achievements at NTUC. (link) Fortunately, he did not claim he did anything for union members.

The article revealed an interesting piece of information – the Jurong Central and Jurong Spring Citizens’ Consultative Committees (CCCs) had set up a Lim Boon Heng Scholarship in 2012.

The primary function of CCCs is to support the PA using government funds.

CCCs therefore do not have the right to use taxpayers’ money to name a scholarship after any politician. If CCCs are allowed to “recognise” contributions by politicians by setting scholarships, then surely there are others who have contributed more.

After having received tens of millions from the government from 1980 to 2011 as an MP, Dy Speaker of Parliament, Minister and Senior Minister of State, Lim Boon Heng could jolly well afford to give back to society by not allowing CCCs to glorify him with more taxpayers’ funds.

Hopefully, CCCs are not thinking of setting up more scholarships named after every politician eg. Lim Swee Say Scholarship, Tin Pei Ling Scholarship, etc..

Phillip Ang

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