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  • NDR 2014: Reaffirming our egalitarian ethos

    By: Gillian Koh | Aug 20, 2014 | Hits: 40

    “We have all contributed to the Singapore story; at the heart of the Singapore story is our belief in Singapore: Belief that we can turn vulnerability and despair into confidence and hope; belief that out of the trauma of separation, we could build a modern metropolis and a beautiful home; belief that whatever the challenges…..

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  • Adding a first pillar to old-age income support

    By: Christopher Gee and Yap Mui Teng | Aug 19, 2014 | Hits: 54

    Singapore is moving towards state pensions for the needy elderly, to complement any personal savings and family help they may receive for their daily and medical expenses. This initiative, announced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong during his 2014 National Day Rally speech, is a most welcome strengthening of the country’s social safety net.  …..

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  • Making a good programme even better

    By: Joseph Cherian and Danny Yong | Aug 16, 2014 | Hits: 212

    Nobel Prize-winning economist Robert Merton has said that a goal-oriented approach to retirement savings would likely yield an inflation-protected income at retirement, but would not result in wealth accumulation. Indeed, this way of thinking has perhaps resulted in the savings and life annuity payout components of our current CPF system. This is good news. We…..

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  • Future-proofing Young Singaporeans – When Aspirations Meet Reality

    By: Tin Pei Ling | Aug 16, 2014 | Hits: 143

    At the re-opening of the 12th Parliament in May this year, President Tony Tan said, “We will enable young Singaporeans to fulfil their potential, pursue their dreams, and follow their interests in diverse fields.”. This is an exciting and significant promise. However, it will also be an extremely challenging one to fulfill. Our resident unemployment…..

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  • Managing the impact of population change on society’s well being

    By: Andrew Yeo | Aug 16, 2014 | Hits: 65

    Singaporeans are not replacing themselves. This has led to concerns over workforce shrinkage and the impact of an ageing population on the economy. While liberal immigration policies were previously employed – and to a lesser extent, a more concerted approach than before to engage overseas Singaporeans through highlighting the merits of relocating back home –…..

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  • PM Lee Hsien Loong: A Dichotomous Leader

    By: Devadas Krishnadas | Aug 08, 2014 | Hits: 125

    2014 marks the 10th year of Lee Hsien Loong’s tenure as Prime Minister (PM). This is a man who has had to cope with living under the shadow of the political and intellectual giant that is his father, Lee Kuan Yew. He has had early and long preparation for the office. Entering politics at the…..

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  • Whose ‘community norms’ are policies based on?

    By: Mathew Mathews | Aug 04, 2014 | Hits: 24

    Public opinion surveys suggest that younger people in Singapore have more liberal views than older folk. As attitudes towards marriage and sexuality continue to shift on a global scale, how will community norms evolve and influence policy here? Prevailing community norms have often played a part in defining morality in Singapore and other traditional societies……

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  • Is the Singapore Economy Succumbing to “Credential Inflation”?

    By: Faizal Bin Yahya | Jul 17, 2014 | Hits: 19

    Until recently, one commonly held belief about attaining a university degree from a reputable tertiary institution was that it would bring better career opportunities and prospects of higher wages and remuneration packages. As economies move towards knowledge-based industries such as information and communications technology (ICT), it is presumed that educational qualifications would still be a…..

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  • Libraries should promote learning, not police values

    By: Carol Soon | Jul 11, 2014 | Hits: 20

    Being an avid reader, one of my favourite childhood pastimes was to spend afternoons at the library, later trudging home with my borrowed gems. Growing up in the western part of Singapore, the Queenstown Library was my favourite haunt. On 9 July, news of the National Library Board’s (NLB’s) withdrawal of two books was reported in…..

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  • 5 Key Recommendations of Medishield Life that you need to know

    By: Medha Lim | Jul 09, 2014 | Hits: 23

    Changes to the current MediShield insurance scheme will take place end-2015, with the improved MediShield Life set to automatically cover all Singaporean Citizens and Permanent Residents. Such a move would include the removal of a lifetime limit as well as higher daily and annual claims. The Ministry of Health (MOH) said that the government will spend…..

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