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Government Sets Up Cut Waste Panel

04 Sep 2003

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 suggestor. The secretariat of the Cut Waste Panel will contact the suggestor 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.

3. 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, Mr Lim Siong Guan, with the following members from the private and people sectors:

1) Mr Ang Mong Seng
Member of Parliament, Hong Kah GRC

2) Mr Chen Hwai Liang
Journalist, Lianhe Zaobao

3) Ms Chua Mui Hoong
Journalist, The Straits Times

4) Mr Gautam Banerjee
Partner, PricewaterCoopers Singapore

5) Ms Devi Haridas
Secretary,Telok Blangah-Dover CCMC & Vice-Chairperson,Telok Blangah-Dover Road RC

6) Mr Ahmad Magad
Member of Parliament, Pasir Ris GRC

7) Mr Seah Seng Choon
Executive Director, CASE

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
The Treasury
Singapore 179434
Fax: (65) 6332-7435