Indranee Rajah hits out at WP

SINGAPORE - The Workers' Party (WP) is quick to claim credit and call for more, but hesitant to offer their own detailed proposals, said Senior Minister of State for Law and Education Indranee Rajah in a Facebook post yesterday morning.

The strongly-worded post, which she titled "The Art of Claiming Credit", is in response to the WP's statement released last Friday on the new MediShield Life recommendations.

In the statement, the WP's Gerald Giam - a Non-constituency MP - welcomed the recommendations.

But, noted Ms Indranee, he was also "quick to claim credit".

The WP statement was "instructive in its approach" which was, she wrote, to "claim credit, keep it vague, and call for more".

In her Facebook post, Ms Indranee said: "We can infer from the speed at which WP has claimed credit for MediShield Life that they think it is a great idea. They are effectively saying MediShield Life enhancements are their idea."

Mr Giam had written that many of the recommended enhancements to the MediShield Life insurance scheme have "been articulated by Workers' Party MPs in Parliament as well as by many Singaporeans over the years".

This, she said, implied that MediShield Life was a result of the WP speaking up in Parliament. "No credit is shared or given to anyone else," she wrote, even though PAP MPs have also spoken up on healthcare in Parliament "and in far greater numbers and volubility".

This article was first published on June 10, 2014.
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