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  • Building a gracious society in Singapore

    By: Lim Siong Guan | Oct 11, 2017 | Hits: 1256

    Singaporeans have expressed the wish for a more gracious society in the next 50 years and while the government can encourage and facilitate this graciousness, it is something the citizens themselves have to produce, said former top civil servant Lim Siong Guan on Tuesday (Oct 10). This could take a generation, and Singapore has to…..

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  • Hydrogen a more sustainable bet for S’pore’s energy future

    By: Jason Tan Han Wei | Oct 02, 2017 | Hits: 284

    The Government recently announced big steps forward in Singapore’s renewable energy future — it intends to install solar panels across all new Housing Development Board blocks, with costs of installation about 40 per cent less than before. That is not surprising for a small, low-lying, island city-state that is extremely vulnerable to climate change. Last…..

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  • Fake News Mind Traps

    By: Elmie Nekmat and Carol Soon | Sep 22, 2017 | Hits: 611

    Debates surrounding how to counter fake news typically focus on what regulation, technology companies, media literacy and fact-checking can do. The focus on different types of counter-measures, while important, tends to omit the one thing that is common to all types of misinformation – the human psychology behind information use. Understanding the root cause of…..

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  • Reintegrating ex-offenders a noble cause, but into what kind of a society?

    By: Justin Lee and Fern Yu | Sep 18, 2017 | Hits: 811

    The annual Yellow Ribbon run will take place tomorrow (Sep 17), reminding us of the importance of rehabilitation and reintegrating ex-offenders into society. Many of us probably agree with the Yellow Ribbon Project that society should be more accepting of ex-offenders. Unfortunately, reintegrating ex-offenders remains a complex, multi-dimensional challenge. In the past two decades, our…..

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  • Lessons for S’pore on the rise and fall of empires

    By: Lim Siong Guan | Sep 13, 2017 | Hits: 40246

    When Singapore became independent in August 1965, it was an accidental nation, unplanned in its creation and unexpected in its survival, said former top civil servant Lim Siong Guan. The question now is what kind of nation Singapore wants to be in the coming years and whether its people have what it takes to carve…..

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  • Our shrinking political blogging scene

    By: Siti Nadzirah Samsudin | Sep 11, 2017 | Hits: 5751

    Political blogging reached its most vibrant point in the lead-up to the 2015 General Election. New blogs were coming online, and existing ones produced an unprecedented amount of political news and commentary. Now, the numbers have shrunk, with sites shutting down or becoming less active or dormant. As of August 2017, slightly more than a…..

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  • Shuffles towards Singapore’s fourth prime minister

    By: Gillian Koh | Sep 07, 2017 | Hits: 5943

    On Tuesday, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced a Cabinet reshuffle. This is the third since the start of this parliamentary term in January last year. The first was in October last year when the notable shifts were the promotion of Mr Ong Ye Kung and Mr Ng Chee Meng to full ministers. The second,…..

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  • More Singaporeans going abroad, but are no less Singaporean for it

    By: Leong Chan-Hoong | Sep 05, 2017 | Hits: 344

    The number of Singaporeans who choose to work or live abroad has increased over the years. A total of 213,400 Singaporeans have chosen to do so as of last year, compared to 157,800 in 2004. Six in every 100 Singaporeans reside abroad. This figure is significantly higher than that of many other developed countries including…..

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  • Concerns about parents hot-housing pre-schoolers

    By: Mathew Mathews and Leonard Lim | Aug 25, 2017 | Hits: 530

    In his National Day Rally speech, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong highlighted the Government’s commitment to enhance pre-school education. It is indeed timely for Singapore to extend its focus to pre-school education, given research on the positive impact of early childhood experiences on life outcomes. Access to pre-school education also boosts social mobility, as many…..

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  • Cybersecurity & SMEs in Singapore: Immediate Actions Required

    By: Chua Mei Yun | Aug 14, 2017 | Hits: 517

    Importance of Cybersecurity for SMEs Cybersecurity is now an integral part of business models – or should be. As Singapore’s economy becomes increasingly digitalised, it is important for businesses here to develop their cybersecurity defences. This is especially important for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), which currently account for 99 per cent of the nation’s…..

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