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14 Mar 2012, 6.17PM
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The Government has set up a Cut Waste Panel to
receive suggestions from the public on
where the Government can cut waste, remove frills and make savings in the delivery of public services.
2. The Panel will ensure that the
suggestions are properly considered and appropriate solutions implemented. When a suggestion is received, the Panel will send it to the relevant agency for study
without revealing the identity of the suggester
. The secretariat of the Cut Waste Panel will contact the suggester for more details on the suggestion if needed. The suggestions and agencies' responses will be published on the Cut Waste website without identifying the contributors.
The Panel can ask that costs be adjusted, rules removed, programmes stopped, and fees and charges reviewed, if it finds them unnecessary. It will help the Government get good value for money
in the delivery of services which meet the needs of the public at an acceptable standard.
4. The Cut Waste Panel will be chaired by the Head of Civil Service, with the following selected eminent members from the private and people sectors.
5. Suggestions on how the Government can cut waste may be submitted using the feedback form at the following website:
6. Alternatively, the suggestion can be sent to:
Cut Waste Panel Secretariat
Ministry of Finance
100 High Street #03-03
Fax: (65) 6332-7435
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
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15 Mar 2012, 2.00AM
I recalled that I gave many numerous cost-saving suggestions to this almost a decade ago when it just started!
Come on, everyone!
Let's the Gahmen hears our Singaporeans' voices!
Hear the Lions roar!
15 Mar 2012, 4.57PM
i think it can be accessed via www.cutwaste.gov.sg which redirect to the site, don't need the extra "mof".
Cut waste should not be just about what had happened. In many occasions, it's about thorough thinking during designing and planning stage. And unfortunately, some department may try to save cost at the beginning which ultimately resulted in more money spend on rectification and replacement.
For example, the void-deck floor tiles of my parent's block changed 3 times over 5 years because the tiles TownCouncil/HDB (sorry, I can't tell where the silly decision maker was from ...) selected at the beginning was easily dirty for the first and slippery for the second. Until the 3rd time they get it right after several slip and fall cases.
Many times, I saw rectification works just to correct the initial lacking in considerations of the original design. Or was it because someone tries to save money in the first place? It's penny-wise.
I don't know who (in the gov) should determine basic standards on various public design, purchases, engage, inspect... which address safety, durability, sustainability etc issues.
During another recent resident-consultation session on a rather big initiative, it was the residents who reminded the the executing authority to be careful in selecting anti-slip tiles, heavy traffic issues, security matters etc... and apparently, those young officers/designers who presented the design had not even thought of these basic issues for incorporation into the design.
Cut-waste start from responsible thinking and planning.
15 Mar 2012, 5.28PM
I took a quick look at some of the suggestions and like to highlight one case:
"Pioneer Magazine vs Online CyberPioneer"
The suggestion was to stop the "paper-based" Pioneer Magazine. But the respond from "whoever" was kinda "official-stand"... and ... period. I assume the responding party was "unthinking".
There are people who are concerned with the "waste". There are official thoughts on reaching the servicemen. Ain't there a 3rd choice?
I would suggest at least the responding authority give it a deeper thought and offer solutions. Such as: providing options for people to opt-out of such paper-based magazine.
Take me for example, those pioneer magazine to me is useless. Yes, it's beautiful, colorful and nicely done up... but i treat it as spam mail and throw it away without even a second look. My 60year old mother and 70 year old father is not interested needless to say my sisters.
So, if offer me a choice, I would say, save that money, give me an option to opt-out from receiving it. For those who uses Ipad or electronic means to view the magazine, I belief they will be happy to opt-out and help save the country some printing budget. Unless we say we are doing a national service to keep the job and sustain the income of the publisher?
Don't get me wrong, I am stating this example to bring out the point that our civil service official need to think with their heart and make sense with the situation.
15 Mar 2012, 6.13PM
Pioneer Magazine Cancellation
6373 1114 (office hours) or
: Find Unit Clerk / Chief Clerk to request.
Just provide Name, NRIC No. & a Simple Reason for Cancellation.
16 Mar 2012, 11.52AM
Why are they still doing manual work? They can use the current technology to process request directly.
24 Mar 2012, 2.17PM
Simple- just streamline and bring the house under one roof!
1. NEA takes care of ALL pigeons, sparrows, and mynahs. . . .
2. CC & RC consol for each estate.
3. WDAcombine with E2i and Career Link.
Why duplicate ALL efforts and print same brochures? Waste of citizens time to travel and read repeated messsages.
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