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  • Striving towards a multi-abled Singapore

    By: Zhuang Kuansong and Justin Lee | Dec 05, 2017 | Hits: 425

    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: 518

    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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  • Why S’pore needs to honour innovation, excellence and outwardness

    By: Lim Siong Guan | Nov 15, 2017 | Hits: 431

    To ensure the country’s continuing survival and success, Singaporeans need to be a people who embrace innovation and excellence and be prepared to go out of their comfort zones, said former top civil servant Lim Siong Guan on Tuesday (Nov 14). This would help create “a new economic ascent”, added Mr Lim, who was previously…..

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  • Silver lining in the battle against fake news

    By: Elmie Nekmat and Carol Soon | Nov 02, 2017 | Hits: 541

    Younger people are more likely to believe they are less susceptible to falling for fake news, an optimistic bias that could hurt their ability to discern the truthfulness of online information. That is one of the findings of a recent survey conducted by the Communications and New Media Department at the National University of Singapore…..

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  • Building a gracious society in Singapore

    By: Lim Siong Guan | Oct 11, 2017 | Hits: 1826

    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: 541

    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: 820

    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: 1170

    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: 45217

    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: 6338

    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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