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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Finance Minister Tharman simply didn't know what is an answer

Members of Parliament threw question after question at Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam asking him to get Temasek to share with the public what went on behind the scenes but he would not budge.

He said that disclosing the information would serve no strategic purpose and that was not unlike the actions of other publicly-listed companies in the private sector.

'People do want to know, there is curiosity, it is a matter of public interest. That is not sufficient reason to disclose information. It is not sufficient that there be curiosity and interest that you want to disclose information,' he said in response to questioning from Mr Low Thia Khiang, opposition MP for Hougang.

I just do not understand what makes Mr Tharman think that citizens' call is not sufficient and deserving for disclosure of information. I thought the billion dollars are taxpayers' money?

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