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  • SP 2013: Governance

    Jan 28, 2013 | Hits: 1202

    The following are highlights of the Singapore Perspectives 2013 Conference on 28 January. The report is by the Institute of Policy Studies, the organiser of the conference. The Prime Minister (PM) of Singapore, Mr Lee Hsien Loong, engaged in a broad-ranging discussion of the future direction that governance in Singapore might take. In a no…..

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  • Speeches@IPSCommons: Foresight And The Future Of Governance

    Jan 27, 2013 | Hits: 1068

    SPEECH BY MR PETER HO, SENIOR ADVISOR, CENTRE FOR STRATEGIC FUTURES, AT THE DSTL HORIZON SCANNING AND FUTURES SYMPOSIUM ON TUESDAY, 15TH JANUARY 2013, AT THE DEFENCE ACADEMY, SHRIVENHAM. “FORESIGHT AND THE FUTURE OF GOVERNANCE” Introduction On a cool Saturday morning, the 17th of December 2010, in Sidi Bouzid, Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in terminal protest against…..

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  • Employers Still Get Short End of the Stork

    Jan 25, 2013 | Hits: 949

    By Elaine Ee I’m typing this piece sometimes with one hand, sometimes with two, while I cradle my newborn baby in the other. It’s just part and parcel of juggling kids with everything else one needs to do. This is my fourth child and over the years, with my other three children, I have taken on…..

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  • A Wish For 2013: More Civility And Maturity In Cyberspace

    Jan 22, 2013 | Hits: 1198

    By Cheong Kah Shin 2012 was an exciting but troubling year in the online world. Several unfortunate online incidents made headlines and the talk in coffee shops. Top on the list was the Amy Cheong’s sacking as National Trade Union Congress (NTUC) Assistant Director after making particularly vile racist comments about Malays and their weddings. Another…..

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  • Making Ends Meet – Financing The Future Of Singapore

    Jan 14, 2013 | Hits: 1195

    By Devadas Krishnadas The annual national budget is something most Singaporeans take only passing and selective notice of. They should give it more attention. The budget is not simply an exercise in national accounting. It is an expression of where the tyre meets the road for policy. No money, no talk as the saying goes. An…..

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  • The Global Outlook For 2013 – by Tommy Koh

    Jan 13, 2013 | Hits: 1014

    Professor Tommy Koh, Ambassador-at-Large from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, delivered the keynote speech at The Straits Times Global Outlook Forum yesterday [23 November 2012]. The keynote, which was delivered in his personal capacity, explored themes such as Sino-American ties, the future of the euro zone and the unity of Asean. We provide an edited…..

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  • Battling The Scourge Of Racism: Three Habits

    Dec 11, 2012 | Hits: 1646

    By Cheong Kah Shin and Faris Mokhtar Racist incidents online go as fast as they come. After much lampooning and some public discussion, the dust settles and the incident is over in a week, forgotten in two. Where in the past we could conveniently skirt around the issue of racism, the Internet now acts like a…..

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  • Unfair Wages, Foreign Worker Levies and Productivity

    Dec 11, 2012 | Hits: 3069

    By Rachel Hui Since the SMRT strike by 171 PRC bus captains on 26 and 27 November in protest of unfair wages and poor living conditions, many have called on employers to treat their foreign workers fairly and equitably. Yet, in a statement justifying why it would not be raising their PRC employees’ pay any further,…..

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  • Political Polarisation In The US And The Lessons For S’pore

    Dec 03, 2012 | Hits: 3199

    By Donald Low What explains political polarisation in the US… and what lessons does it hold for Singapore? At a recent PAP event, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong argued that Singapore could not afford to go down the path of countries like the United States, where most states clearly belonged to either the Democrat or Republican…..

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  • Are Singaporeans A Kind or Unkind People?

    Nov 26, 2012 | Hits: 1778

    The following is the keynote speech by Professor Tommy Koh, Rector of Tembusu College, and Special Adviser to the Institute of Policy Studies, at the National Conference on Kindness at the Marina Mandarin Hotel on 20 October 2012. The conference was titled, “Journeying Together For Kindness”. Salutation Minister Lawrence Wong; Mr Koh Poh Tiong, Chairman…..

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