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杜进才与公积金(二之二)

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从黑夜到黎明……     2012-8-24
http://navalants.blogspot.sg/2012/08/dr-toh-chin-chye-and-cpf-2-of-2.html

半个世纪前杜进才卷入第二次世界大战后亚非拉人民争取国家独立摆脱殖民统治的斗争浪潮,投身于建国事业。2012年2月3日农历正月十二,在家中辞世,享年90岁。他跟当年其他四位开国元勋林金山、拉惹勒南、吴庆瑞、杨玉麟(Lim Kim San, S. Rajaratnam, Goh Keng Swee, Yong Nyuk Lin)缔造了新加坡历史,然后一同在人世间湮没。另外四位开国领袖李光耀、王邦文、易润堂、奥斯曼沃(Lee Kuan Yew, Ong Pang Boon, Jek Yuen Thong, Othman Wok)都把一生最青春的年华奉献给新加坡,夕阳无限好,只是近黄昏,现在都已徐徐老矣。

http://remembersingapore.wordpress.com/2012/02/03/tribute-to-dr-toh-chin-chye/

新加坡建国先贤杜进才,把最光辉的岁月奉献给理想。2012年2月3日往生。

李显龙总理写给杜进才家属的慰问信中提到:

During the Budget Debate in 1985, Dr Toh made a passionate speech criticising the CPF contribution, then 50% of wages, as a heavy imposition on employers. I had just entered politics, and as a minister of state in the Ministry of Trade and Industry, I stood up and rebutted him vigorously. But as it turned out, Dr Toh was right. The economy soon went into a steep recession, and by the end of the year, the Government had concluded the CPF rates were too high and indeed needed to be cut.
(The Straits Times, 3 Feb 2012)

李显龙总理在杜进才的追悼会上再次肯定杜进才的贡献:

Dr Toh’s passing reminds us of how we got here, how much we owe to him and his generation, and how heavy a responsibility we have to carry their vision, and ours, forward and take Singapore higher and further into a brighter future.
(The Straits Times, 8 Feb 2012)

到底李杜二人之间有什么政见纠纷,必须以“对于错”来解析将近30年前的陈年旧事?

1984年6月的国会辩论,杜进才抨击侯永昌报告书(Howe report),不赞成将公积金的提款年龄从55岁延迟至60甚至65岁,更遑论保留最低存款作为医疗保健用途。他认为医疗保健是政府的社会责任,不应该违背设立公积金的基本原则,把医疗的费用转嫁给国民。同时他也对50%的公积金缴交率对本地企业和员工所面对的最迫切的钱不够用的生活现状提出异议。

杜进才抨击侯永昌报告书。(The Straits Times 30 Jun 1984)

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