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PM tackles policy issues, personal questions 5 things we learnt about PM Lee

Facebook chat session with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong

INTERACTIVE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong during the Facebook Q&A session. PHOTO: FACEBOOK

Yesterday morning, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong went to the Facebook Singapore office to do a live question-and-answer session.

A total of 2,154 questions were asked during the one-hour session and they covered a wide range of subjects.

It garnered 7,598 likes overall.

GREGORY LOO (gregloo@sph.com.sg) picks out some questions and PM's answers.

TRANSPORT FARE HIKE

PM Lee explained that SBS Transit's bus operations have not been making a profit for some time. The Government heavily subsidises public transport, and spending billions on building MRT lines and enhancing bus services.

While fuel prices have dropped, "half an adjustment" was left over from last year's fare hike, "so fares have to go up a bit".

HIRING WOES

PM Lee said that while Singapore has tightened foreign-worker quotas, the Government is monitoring the situation to "make sure we don't overdo things".

HDB FLATS FOR SINGLES

The minimum age of 35 for singles to buy a flat will not be reduced. "It is not so old," he said.

HEALTH-CARE COSTS

The PM had a simple equation. More spent on healthcare would mean less to spend elsewhere.

For elderly patients who require essential non-standard medication, he said schemes are in place to help subsidise the cost of such prescriptions.

A FEMALE DPM

Mr Lee indicated that it is probably just a matter of time.

Writing in Chinese, he said: "We already have female ministers, so there's obviously a chance of having a female Deputy Prime Minister. Meritocracy doesn't distinguish between gender."

A GRACIOUS SOCIETY

While he sees Singaporeans improving in this area, there is more work to be done.

Referring to Bishan MRT station where commuters queue up to board carriages, he maintained that "we should do that in all our stations".

THE TRULY SINGAPOREAN QUESTION

"What's the 4-D number for today?" asked one netizen. There was no answer.

Visit tnp.sg to see more of PM Lee's answers.

5 things we learnt about PM Lee

1 He has taken up pilates

2 He wears pink shirts on TV on the advice of his producer.

3 He uses free apps to edit the pictures he posts on Facebook.

4 He has a Jawbone fitness tracker. He sleeps six to seven hours a day and walks about 7,000 to 8,000 steps.

5 He is not a huge fan of coffee, but will "try whatever brew is being offered".