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

    By: Mohamed Imran Mohamed Taib | Nov 01, 2016 | Hits: 1445

    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: 1083

    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: 1172

    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: 972

    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: 885

    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: 1058

    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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  • Arts and Disability in Singapore

    By: Justin Lee | Oct 05, 2016 | Hits: 1847

    Singapore’s achievements in the recent Paralympics have brought much attention to the role of sports in empowering people with disabilities. Not only has it provided an occasion for the community to admire and celebrate their abilities, but also an opportunity for Singaporeans to consider the significance of social inclusion. Similarly, the Arts is also an…..

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  • Why Reserved Elections for the EP Make Sense for Singapore

    By: Mathew Mathews | Sep 27, 2016 | Hits: 1474

    A recent survey of over 2,600 Singaporeans by market research agency Blackbox found that only 23 per cent thought it was “absolutely necessary” to improve the elected presidency (EP) system to ensure that minorities are given greater opportunity to become president. Around half (48 per cent) thought it was “good to have” and 29 per…..

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  • Helping Singaporean women age with optimism

    By: Varian Lim | Sep 19, 2016 | Hits: 1259

    In 2014, the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) asked 1,500 Singaporean residents aged 21 years and above to rate their satisfaction levels at three different life stages — five years ago, at present, and five years into the future. Respondents had been asked to use a scale of 1 to 5, with “1” being “very…..

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  • [The Angle] When Should the “Reserved Election” Provision Kick in?

    By: Tan Min-Wei | Sep 13, 2016 | Hits: 982

    The Constitutional Commission set up to review the Elected Presidency has recommended that after five consecutive terms without a president coming from a particular racial group, the next election would be reserved for candidates of that race. Assuming that the government implements the recommendations in full, there is the question of when exactly the first…..

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