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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: 394

    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: 497

    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: 617

    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: 415

    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: 1282

    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: 1133

    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: 1020

    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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  • In Low-Crime Singapore: Understanding the Link between Diversity and Crime at the Neighbourhood Level

    By: Leong Chan-Hoong and Ili Kaiyisah Rahan | Dec 13, 2017 | Hits: 1239

    We have heard from managers about the merits of diversity within organisations, whereupon a more diverse workforce tends to produce more effective teams, be more effective at problem-solving and musters greater innovations. When it comes to diversity in residential communities, however, the effects are mixed. Diversity within Communities Several social science researchers have pointed to…..

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  • Striving towards a multi-abled Singapore

    By: Zhuang Kuansong and Justin Lee | Dec 05, 2017 | Hits: 1348

    Tomorrow is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, and marks the 25th anniversary of its proclamation by the United Nations General Assembly in 1992. It is an opportune moment to reflect on what policies for people with disabilities in Singapore have achieved and identify possible future directions. The beginnings of inclusion for people with…..

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  • Emerging sense of S’porean identity independent of ethnic heritage

    By: Leonard Lim and Mathew Mathews | Dec 01, 2017 | Hits: 1326

    A recent survey on ethnic identity shows that many Singaporeans rate speaking English as a more important trait of being Singaporean than being able to trace one’s ethnic heritage. The run-up to Singapore’s first reserved presidential election two months ago was marked by contention over what exactly constitutes an “authentic” Singapore Malay. As the 2017…..

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