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  • Unfair Wages, Foreign Worker Levies and Productivity

    Dec 11, 2012 | Hits: 2940

    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: 3160

    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: 1674

    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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  • Beware of conflicting institutional incentives in economic restructuring

    Nov 19, 2012 | Hits: 1285

    By Elvin Ong In an effort to restructure the Singapore economy, the Government has employed a three-pronged approach. First, the inflow of foreign workers has been gradually tightened, so as to ensure that employers do not continue to rely on the easy availability of cheap foreign labour. Second, the Government has made available a plethora of…..

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  • IPS Prism Breaks New Ground

    Nov 12, 2012 | Hits: 993

    By Dawn Yip Last December, I was asked to help IPS conceptualise a scenario planning process focusing on the future of governance in Singapore. It was impossible to say no, despite knowing that I would miss the bulk of the process due to a sabbatical. National-level scenario planning is not new in Singapore. It’s been used…..

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  • Young S’poreans Relatively Clear On What Makes Them Happy

    Nov 09, 2012 | Hits: 1232

    By Chiang Wai Fong Introduction The Young Singaporean Conference was held on 26 September 2012 with the theme, “Are Young Singaporeans Happy?” A total of 80 young Singaporeans from 25 to 35-years old representing diverse sectors of the Singapore society were invited to attend the conference. During the full day event, participants were asked to put down their…..

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  • In Defence Of Lim Chong Yah

    Nov 07, 2012 | Hits: 1319

    By Tommy Koh Professor Lim Chong Yah is one of Singapore’s most distinguished economists. He was the professor of economics at the National University of Singapore (NUS), before moving on to the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) to become the first Albert Winsemius Professor of Economics. He is currently Emeritus Professor of Economics of both NUS and…..

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  • “Are Young Singaporeans Happy?”

    Nov 07, 2012 | Hits: 1225

    The Young Singaporeans Conference (YSC) is one of the Institute of Policy Studies’ flagship programmes. Held biennially, the YSC gathers young Singaporeans, between the ages of 25 and 35, who have shown leadership or excellence in their respective fields of endeavour to discuss issues of national interest. The following is the speech delivered by the Director of…..

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  • A “Wiki” Singapore Doesn’t Need To Stall

    Oct 24, 2012 | Hits: 1172

    By Donald Low and Cherian George The Institute of Policy Studies has released three scenarios intended to get the wider public thinking about how Singapore should govern itself in the future. The exercise is timely, given the widespread feeling that the republic is at a crossroads. There is an opportunity to reshape governance, enabling it to respond more…..

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  • Equity In Dialogue

    Oct 23, 2012 | Hits: 984

    By Carol Soon Last month, a teenager shared her thoughts on the National Conversation in a letter to The Straits Times Forum page (18 September). Her letter astutely points to the wave of cynicism that has surged forth since the unveiling of the committee members of the Our Singapore National Conversation initiative. What is perhaps more…..

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