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

    By: Ho Kwon Ping | Jan 25, 2017 | Hits: 732

    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: 4587

    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: 814

    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: 1060

    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: 753

    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: 802

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

    By: Alex Tan Tai Loong | Dec 08, 2016 | Hits: 602

    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: 1802

    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: 2087

    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: 1873

    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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