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  • Time Banks can Forge Social Change

    By: Yvonne Arivalagan and Christopher Gee | Jun 22, 2017 | Hits: 193

    We have all heard of the adage, “time is money”, but this is often understood in terms of the market economy, where all goods and services are assigned a monetary value. The time economy, on the other hand, is made up of all the goods and services of social value that measures of the market…..

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  • Is Singapore’s Hub Status at Risk?

    By: Manu Bhaskaran | Jun 16, 2017 | Hits: 304

    Hardly a day passes these days without some news item that breathlessly reports yet another threat to Singapore’s regional hub position. There is much concern about China’s mega projects under its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which some say will create rivals to Singapore. There is also talk about our neighbours’ ambitions to displace Singapore…..

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  • Improving the Role of Private Education Institutions

    By: Faizal Bin Yahya | Jun 14, 2017 | Hits: 284

    With the government’s emphasis on lifelong learning and professional conversion programmes, is our private education industry the weak link in this effort, or is it ready to play a key role in shaping our workforce and the transformation of the Singapore economy? The outlook for private education institutions (PEIs) is mixed and uncertain for some……

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  • Taking Pride in Ethnic Identity Does Not Contradict Singapore Identity

    By: Mathew Mathews | Jun 12, 2017 | Hits: 156

    The recent official opening of the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC) by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong highlights the importance Singapore places on the preservation of ethnic identity. Other such centres have been established or reinvigorated in recent years for the main ethnic groups in Singapore – the Indian Heritage Centre was officially opened in 2015, and…..

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  • Picking Up a Third Language Can Firm Up Bonds Between S’poreans

    By: Valerie Yeo | Jun 09, 2017 | Hits: 1075

    “Being Singaporean has never been a matter of subtraction, but of addition … not of limitation and contraction, but of openness and expansion,” said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the recent opening of the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre. Even as we hold on to our own ethnic identity, we must be receptive to the…..

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  • Racism Saga: Are S’poreans Prepared to Grow From Ah Boys to Men?

    By: Gillian Koh | Jun 05, 2017 | Hits: 282

    We live in a multiracial setting in Singapore. There are many days when we celebrate it, but there are also days when we are reminded of how challenging it can be. Different groups and their practices bump into each other in the heartland, at work and through art. When conflict arises, we can resort to…..

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  • Singapore Airlines’ Relevance is More than An Economic Question

    By: Paveena Seah and Petrina Chew | Jun 02, 2017 | Hits: 202

    Singapore Airlines (SIA) recently announced a surprising fourth-quarter net loss, and pledged to review and transform its business. Much of the discussion following the news has centred on what SIA must do to reclaim its market share in a climate of increasing competition, and global political and economic volatility. If SIA’s current financial woes continue,…..

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  • Singapore’s Success Depends on Not Being Afraid to Change

    By: Peter Ho | May 18, 2017 | Hits: 1748

    It is possible for small city-states such as Singapore to shape and create not just markets, but also their operating environments, said former head of civil service Peter Ho. He draws hope from the fact that Singapore’s small size gives it the agility to course-correct and to make whole-of-nation changes. Furthermore, responding to uncertainty and…..

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  • Review Immigration Criteria to Foster Integration

    By: Eugene Teng | May 09, 2017 | Hits: 625

    In recent weeks, there has been renewed public debate on revising the application process for permanent residency in Singapore. For instance, some feel the application fee should be raised or the criteria made more stringent. Overseas, countries such as Australia are also reviewing their immigration procedures. Since 2010, the number of permanent residents (PRs) and…..

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  • Say Yes to Renewing the Singapore F1 Grand Prix

    By: Faizal Bin Yahya | May 08, 2017 | Hits: 687

    In a few months’ time, the Singapore F1 night race will be upon us and the Government has to decide whether it wishes to extend the current contract for another five years. The Singapore Grand Prix (GP) has always had its naysayers, who question its financial pay-offs and point to negative externalities for the general…..

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