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  • How we can better chart Singapore’s urban future

    By: Cheong Koon Hean | Apr 12, 2018 | Hits: 1334

    The city state of Singapore, at just 720 square kilometres, is about half the size of metropolitan London. Yet it has to house many facilities to support its economic and social growth, including major uses such as airports and ports, energy, waste and water management and military infrastructure, all of which are needed to support…..

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  • To mitigate online falsehoods, tweak how information is distributed

    By: Benjamin Goh and Natalie Pang | Apr 11, 2018 | Hits: 439

    The last few weeks of hearings by the Select Committee on Deliberate Online Falsehoods have shown us the complexity of dealing with “fake news”. Hearing the myriad viewpoints from traditional print media companies, social media platforms and social science researchers has shown us that the modern information ecosystem has transformed an otherwise unremarkable proposition –…..

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  • To tackle deliberate online falsehoods, look also to non-legislative efforts

    By: Shawn Goh and Carol Soon | Mar 26, 2018 | Hits: 602

    In the first two weeks of public hearings by the Select Committee on Deliberate Online Falsehoods, the role of legislation in countering deliberate online falsehoods was debated by academics and experts. Several experts agree that legislation can play a role in the fight against deliberate online falsehoods, but there are gaps in existing legislation due…..

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  • Budget 2018 responds to SME issues about expanding overseas, but will they work?

    By: Faizal Bin Yahya and Mooris Tjioe | Feb 28, 2018 | Hits: 689

    The Government’s observation in Budget 2018 of a “shift in global economic weight towards Asia” is timely. Singaporean companies have been shown to be able to perform well overseas. In 2016, a survey conducted by IE Singapore found that for small- and medium-sized enterprises that had ventured abroad, overseas revenue growth was significantly stronger than total revenue…..

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  • The politics of Budget 2018: Lots of persuasion needed

    By: Gillian Koh | Feb 21, 2018 | Hits: 771

    In Budget 2015, and prior to the previous general election, then Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam said the Government had provided sufficiently for increased spending by the state till the end of the decade. This was, at the time, and still is, read by Singaporeans as a promise that there would be no increase in broad-based…..

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  • Transforming labour for the future economy

    By: Faizal Bin Yahya and Mooris Tjioe | Feb 14, 2018 | Hits: 917

    One of Singapore’s strengths has always been the quality of its manpower. At the same time, it is among one of the fastest ageing societies in the world. Research by the Institute of Policy Studies predicts that by 2060, the ageing population will create a drag of 1.5 per cent on Singapore’s GDP per capita…..

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  • Time to review government assistance to SMEs

    By: Faizal Bin Yahya | Feb 14, 2018 | Hits: 646

    There are two main schools of thought on the role of the Government in supporting our small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Some believe that the Government has done too much for our SMEs, has cultivated a sense of entitlement and dependency, and should take a step back and allow competition to separate the wheat from the chaff……

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  • While social class division exists, it does not mean Singapore is divided

    By: Tan Ern Ser, Vincent Chua and Gillian Koh | Jan 12, 2018 | Hits: 1610

    As the adage goes, no man (or woman) is an island. We each have our own personal, social network, which may include a relative with whom we could share and discuss important matters or a close friend who would readily help us in times of need. A recent study we did found that on average,…..

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  • Getting Singaporeans to pay for news

    By: Siti Nadzirah Samsudin | Jan 02, 2018 | Hits: 1390

    The recent upheavals in the news industry in Singapore have sparked a conversation on the future of news organisations. How do media companies like the Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), which announced that it would terminate 230 staff members by year-end, remain competitive on a rapidly changing media landscape? What can small online publications like The…..

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  • Why language is a source of pride for Singaporean Indian millennials

    By: Shanthini Selvarajan | Dec 21, 2017 | Hits: 1351

    This year’s Singapore Writers Festival, organised annually by the National Arts Council, chose as its theme, aram, the Tamil word for goodness. The line-up included Tamil millennial poets such as Harini, and the screening of a short Tamil film, Between Pudukottai and Singapore: Poems by N. Rengarajan. They touched on the social issues of our…..

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