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  • Asking the Right Questions About Charities

    By: Justin Lee | Oct 19, 2016 | Hits: 113

    Last month, the Charity Council sought public feedback on its proposed changes to the code of governance for charities. The changes include the introduction of new requirements such as creating a whistle-blowing policy, establishing a risk- management process and term limits for board members, among other refinements that improve disclosure and transparency. The latest refinements…..

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  • Leave No One Behind in Move to Digital Economy

    By: Carol Soon | Oct 13, 2016 | Hits: 112

    Efforts are under way to identify new areas of growth for Singapore amid volatility in the global economy and rapid technological change. The Committee on the Future Economy, tasked to chart a blueprint for Singapore’s economic future, last month released findings from their broad public consultations. A key theme of discussion, it said, was on…..

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  • Fostering a Disruptive Culture for a Disruptive Economy

    By: Bryan Cheang | Oct 10, 2016 | Hits: 259

    At the 2016 National Day Rally, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said that disruption is the defining challenge that the Singapore economy will have to deal with. He observed: “Old models are not working, new models are coming thick and fast, and we’re having to adjust and to keep up, because of technology and globalisation……

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  • Arts and Disability in Singapore

    By: Justin Lee | Oct 05, 2016 | Hits: 653

    Singapore’s achievements in the recent Paralympics have brought much attention to the role of sports in empowering people with disabilities. Not only has it provided an occasion for the community to admire and celebrate their abilities, but also an opportunity for Singaporeans to consider the significance of social inclusion. Similarly, the Arts is also an…..

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  • Why Reserved Elections for the EP Make Sense for Singapore

    By: Mathew Mathews | Sep 27, 2016 | Hits: 555

    A recent survey of over 2,600 Singaporeans by market research agency Blackbox found that only 23 per cent thought it was “absolutely necessary” to improve the elected presidency (EP) system to ensure that minorities are given greater opportunity to become president. Around half (48 per cent) thought it was “good to have” and 29 per…..

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  • Helping Singaporean women age with optimism

    By: Varian Lim | Sep 19, 2016 | Hits: 418

    In 2014, the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) asked 1,500 Singaporean residents aged 21 years and above to rate their satisfaction levels at three different life stages — five years ago, at present, and five years into the future. Respondents had been asked to use a scale of 1 to 5, with “1” being “very…..

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  • [The Angle] When Should the “Reserved Election” Provision Kick in?

    By: Tan Min-Wei | Sep 13, 2016 | Hits: 431

    The Constitutional Commission set up to review the Elected Presidency has recommended that after five consecutive terms without a president coming from a particular racial group, the next election would be reserved for candidates of that race. Assuming that the government implements the recommendations in full, there is the question of when exactly the first…..

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  • The Constitutional Commission’s Report: Ensuring Greater Clarity in Singapore’s Unique Governance System

    By: Gillian Koh | Sep 13, 2016 | Hits: 583

    Last week, the Government released to the public the recommendations of the Constitutional Commission to review the elected presidency. After six months of deliberation, the Commission, appointed by the Prime Minister on 10 February 2016, has been thorough in its analysis of the issues. It has considered suggestions raised by intellectuals, eminent persons and young…..

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  • [The Angle] Beyond “Safeguards”, Let’s Do More to Foster Accessibility, Unity and Trust

    By: Ng Zhong Wei | Sep 09, 2016 | Hits: 383

    Anyone examining election data from the past four presidential elections in Singapore would notice the absence of ethnic Malay candidates. Since 1993, when the first presidential election was held, nine Chinese and three Indian men have applied to the Elections Committee for certificates of eligibility. We have had three elected Presidents — the late Mr…..

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  • Political Party Branding and the Perceptions of First-Time Voters

    By: Anna Leong | Sep 05, 2016 | Hits: 842

    From January to April 2016, I conducted research on how first-time voters in the 2015 General Election perceived political parties here. This was part of my final-year independent study module at the National University of Singapore, for which I submitted a paper titled “Party Brand Perceptions Amongst First-time Voters in Singapore”. Examining political parties as…..

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