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  • A Guide To A Confusing World

    By: Tommy Koh | Feb 18, 2017 | Hits: 853

    We live in a very confusing world. It is confusing because the United States, which has historically championed free trade and globalisation, has abandoned both in favour of protectionism. The 45th President of the US, Mr Donald Trump, declared in his inaugural address: “Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength.” At the same time,…..

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  • Cats aren’t the Problem, Owners are

    By: Paveena Seah | Feb 17, 2017 | Hits: 582

    The Housing and Development Board’s (HDB) controversial ban on pet cats was in the spotlight again last month, when residents in Woodlands complained about a neighbour’s cat accused of urinating and defecating in the common corridor. The ban has been in place since 1989. The HDB’s website on types of pets allowed states that: “Cats…..

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  • Keeping Singapore Politics Focused on Substance

    By: Chirag Agarwal | Feb 06, 2017 | Hits: 718

    We recently bid farewell to a tumultuous 2016, where years of dysfunctional politics came to a head and led to the unlikely election of Donald Trump in the US and closer to home, Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines. While Singapore has remained unaffected so far, politics around the world has changed and politicians everywhere need…..

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  • Creating the Commonwealth of Families

    By: Rais Raiyan | Feb 02, 2017 | Hits: 444

    In 2015, the Ministerial Committee on Ageing unveiled a S$3 billion national plan to help Singaporeans age successfully. The plan had three key thrusts to ensure that Singapore provided “opportunities for all ages”, and was a “kampong for all ages” and a “city for all ages”. Today, there are plans to co-locate childcare centres and…..

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  • Loss of Confidence in PAP? Possible, If Complacency Sets In

    By: Ho Kwon Ping | Jan 25, 2017 | Hits: 670

    The critical question facing Singapore in 2065 is not simply whether an accidental freak election or a sustainable pendulum democracy should or might occur. It is about whether the social contract between elite governance and the body politic can become so strained and frayed that a crisis of political legitimacy may thrust unexpected, extremist scenarios…..

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  • Exceptional Government to Sustain a Nation Once Thought Improbable

    By: Janadas Devan | Jan 23, 2017 | Hits: 4483

    The theme of this year’s conference — What If? — is designed to set us thinking of possibilities, or perhaps impossibilities: What might be, what might have been, what could be. But before we consider these possibilities, it might be instructive to locate what is – what has always been, what should not change, what…..

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  • The Essentials for a Sharing Economy

    By: Faizal Bin Yahya | Jan 05, 2017 | Hits: 720

    When the Committee on the Future Economy rolls out its much-anticipated report later this month, the strategies and recommendations laid out will almost certainly be shaped by two global trends: the sharing economy, and trust as a measure of value. In the sharing economy, peer-to-peer lending platforms enable individuals to lend and borrow various goods…..

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  • To Boost Productivity, Help our Young Acquire the Right “Soft Skills”

    By: Suhaimi Zainal Shah | Dec 30, 2016 | Hits: 938

    Productivity growth in Singapore has been stagnant since 2014. At the Singapore Productivity Conference and Exhibition organised by the Singapore Business Federation on 1 November 2016, Minister for Manpower Lim Swee Say cautioned that Singapore would lose its competitive edge unless productivity improves. One of the major efforts to boost productivity levels locally is the…..

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  • Is Singapore the New Sick Man of Asia?

    By: Tommy Koh | Dec 27, 2016 | Hits: 669

    On Dec 8, I read in the online publication Asia One a report emanating from Hong Kong about the Singapore economy. The report stated that “morale in Singapore is at rock bottom” and that “some economists call Singapore the new sick man of Asia”. The report motivated me to think more deeply about the current…..

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  • More Women on Boards — What Can be Done?

    By: Petrina Chew | Dec 12, 2016 | Hits: 715

    Women are under-represented in corporate boardrooms everywhere and Singapore is no exception. According to the report Women on Boards: Tackling the Issue by the Diversity Action Committee, women held 9.7% of directorships among listed companies on the Singapore Exchange (SGX) as at June 2016. The Committee was set up in 2014 at the recommendation of…..

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