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  • Taking Pride in Ethnic Identity Does Not Contradict Singapore Identity

    By: Mathew Mathews | Jun 12, 2017 | Hits: 1042

    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: 2191

    “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: 716

    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: 1976

    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: 2221

    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: 961

    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: 1085

    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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  • Singapore’s Future, and Lessons from Boston

    By: Peter Ho | May 04, 2017 | Hits: 8072

    Perhaps the central and most obvious paradox of Singapore is that its national boundaries coincide perfectly with its city limits. And what is more, the fantasy and glamour of Singapore’s global city status often stand in sharp contrast to the insecurities that define its statehood. Sovereign city-states are anomalies, surviving despite their very small size,…..

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  • Time to Revive the Conversation on Dual Citizenship?

    By: Athena Foo | May 03, 2017 | Hits: 2234

    As Singaporeans continue to forge our national identity, discussing dual citizenship may help us to think deeper about what it means to be Singaporean. Of late, commentaries in the media and online have argued for dual citizenship to be allowed in Singapore — this would result in economic benefits, better integration of migrants, and maintain…..

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  • School Mergers: More Questions than Answers Provided

    By: Leong Chan-Hoong | Apr 25, 2017 | Hits: 3142

    I wrote about the demise of our heritage schools three years ago, and how policymakers had — in a one stroke of the pen — erased a suite of pioneer institutions built by our forefathers who had faithfully devoted themselves to the education mission. The announcement last Thursday by the Ministry of Education (MOE) on…..

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