16 Feb '11, 10pm

Cut defence spending and ministerial salaries: SDP: CUT defence spending and ministerial salaries, and spend mor...

File photo of Dr Vincent Wijeysingha speaking at a Singapore Democratic Party rally at Hong Lim Park. -- ST PHOTO: CAROLINE CHIA CUT defence spending and ministerial salaries, and spend more on education, healthcare and social benefits. These are among the many proposals in the Singapore Democratic Party's (SDP) shadow budget, released on Wednesday as a counter-proposal to the Government's Budget due on Friday. The project, which took about three months to conceive, was led and presented by one of the party's newest members Dr Vincent Wijeysingha. One key suggestion is slashing the $11.46 billion defence budget by about 20 per cent yielding about $2 billion. The SDP reasons, in its budget paper, that enhancing relationships with neighbours would reduce the need for expenditure on military capabilities. Ministerial salaries would also be slashed heavily to yield an estimate...

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