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  • A Blanket Cap on Board Tenure Would Do More Harm Than Good

    By: Alex Tan Tai Loong | Dec 08, 2016 | Hits: 554

    Good board governance is essential – it is a decisive check against self-interested actions taken by managers that do not benefit the company. Due to their presumed independence relative to insiders, independent directors are generally perceived to be more effective in monitoring and controlling management, thus helping improve firm performance. The Singapore Directorship Report 2016…..

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  • Majority race must be wary of false sense of entitlement

    By: Eugene Teng | Dec 01, 2016 | Hits: 1723

    Several American media reports have attributed Mr Donald Trump’s election victory to a backlash from white Americans against the demographic, economic and cultural changes occurring around them. White Americans, grappling with the effects of immigration, multiculturalism and globalisation, felt they were losing their privileged position as the majority ethnic group. Although we are halfway around…..

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  • Donald Trump’s Election: Singapore Prepared to Roll with the Punches

    By: Gillian Koh | Nov 17, 2016 | Hits: 2000

    The election last week of Mr Donald Trump as United States president sent shock waves around the globe. But has it translated to a tsunami of doubt about little Singapore’s future? We have always been prepared to roll with the punches and we knew that the day after would be a question of us facing…..

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  • Keeping our Singaporean Hawker Food Affordable and Accessible

    By: Koh Heng Hwee | Nov 15, 2016 | Hits: 1793

    Food costs are going up — according to the Department of Statistics, food prices have risen 2.2 per cent a year since September 2015. This would inevitably affect the price of hawker food, which most Singaporeans enjoy. According to a 2014 report on food trends by public relations firm Weber Shandwick, four in five of…..

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  • “Nones” in Inter-Faith Dialogue: The Case for Inclusion

    By: Mohamed Imran Mohamed Taib | Nov 01, 2016 | Hits: 1373

    Singapore’s demography is changing. The number of residents professing to no religious affiliation has steadily risen to about 18.5% in 2015 according to the General Household Survey Report 2015. They form the third largest group behind Buddhism (43.2%) and Christianity (18.8%). The trend of increasing “nones” – a category that includes atheists, agnostics, freethinkers or…..

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  • Make Freelancing a Viable Career Path

    By: Fern Yu | Oct 28, 2016 | Hits: 1021

    As an undergraduate, I spent two years of my university life doing freelance writing jobs. But late payments, among other things, left me largely dissatisfied and so I swore off freelancing and applied for full-time jobs upon graduation. This is why I was glad to read Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam’s concern for workers in…..

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  • Predictability Needed as Anchor With Outlook Dicey

    By: Manu Bhaskaran and Donald Low | Oct 24, 2016 | Hits: 1112

    With the economy decelerating markedly in the third quarter to grow by just 0.6 per cent over the year, Singapore is experiencing its slowest growth since the height of the global financial crisis in 2009. All the main engines of growth seem to have stalled: it was not just manufacturing that contracted, but the much-vaunted…..

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  • Asking the Right Questions About Charities

    By: Justin Lee | Oct 19, 2016 | Hits: 908

    Last month, the Charity Council sought public feedback on its proposed changes to the code of governance for charities. The changes include the introduction of new requirements such as creating a whistle-blowing policy, establishing a risk- management process and term limits for board members, among other refinements that improve disclosure and transparency. The latest refinements…..

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  • Leave No One Behind in Move to Digital Economy

    By: Carol Soon | Oct 13, 2016 | Hits: 807

    Efforts are under way to identify new areas of growth for Singapore amid volatility in the global economy and rapid technological change. The Committee on the Future Economy, tasked to chart a blueprint for Singapore’s economic future, last month released findings from their broad public consultations. A key theme of discussion, it said, was on…..

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  • Fostering a Disruptive Culture for a Disruptive Economy

    By: Bryan Cheang | Oct 10, 2016 | Hits: 1002

    At the 2016 National Day Rally, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said that disruption is the defining challenge that the Singapore economy will have to deal with. He observed: “Old models are not working, new models are coming thick and fast, and we’re having to adjust and to keep up, because of technology and globalisation……

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