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  • Trust and Let Go

    Jun 24, 2012 | Hits: 905

    By Philip Jeyaretnam I wanted just to identify something which holds us back, which holds Singapore back. I identify this as a triangle of suspicion… The dynamic starts like this: when you people of different backgrounds coming together and living in close proximity, there is a strong tendency to fear your neighbours. The different smells, the…..

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  • I… Singaporean

    Jun 24, 2012 | Hits: 1084

    By T Sasitharan But what does it really mean to be a global city? Surely it must mean more than vaulting towers and palaces, more than worldly power and influence and more than wealth and material gain. More surely, than being the undisputed location of choice for the next Bollywood or Hollywood blockbuster or F1 Grand…..

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  • Living Graciously in Singapore

    Jun 24, 2012 | Hits: 1049

    By Braema Mathiaparanam As we went into the nation-building phase, with the ruling party taking over much of the decision-making and implementation for the betterment of the people of Singapore, it is my view that much of this early community-spiritedness gave way to an economic pragmatism. This meant that most people were focused on singular…..

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  • SP 2011: Singapore as a Global City – A Balancing Act

    Jun 24, 2012 | Hits: 1015

    By Sylvia Lim (SP 201, Page 25) Singaporeans must feel empowered at home. To this end, it is felt that the government should retreat from spheres of life that are not central to government functions, and allow authentic leadership to grow organically. Examples of such spheres include sports associations, consumer groups, and grassroots organisations. By facilitating…..

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  • The Problem of Rootedness: An Emperor’s Narrative?

    Jun 24, 2012 | Hits: 1061

    By Eleanor Wong – In our national discussions, rootedness (or its supposed lack) is often framed as a matter for concern or worry. This problematising of rootedness seems to assume a narrative about nationhood and country that requires citizenship to be a lifetime commitment. (These days I am not sure that even people in love…..

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  • Politics: A New Paradigm?

    Jun 24, 2012 | Hits: 2765

    By Cheong Kah Shin, Debbie Soon, and Zhou Rongchen – Post-election, Singapore’s policy makers have been examining the nation’s shifting political paradigm in the face of a better-educated and more engaged citizenry. How should the state respond to calls for more public goods? How should society find its collective footing forward in engendering a more…..

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  • Governing for an Inclusive Society

    Jun 24, 2012 | Hits: 1143

    By: Rachel Hui and Danielle Hong Singapore, despite being developed, was one of the few places he believed “an upwardly mobile society” was possible, said Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance and Manpower Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam. He states this case at a dialogue on “Governing for an inclusive society”, the closing session at the Singapore Perspectives Conference. Upstream…..

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  • Economic Challenges to a More Inclusive Singapore

    Jun 24, 2012 | Hits: 1721

    By Rachel Hui and Sarjune Ibrahim S/O Sitheek – Developments in the past decade bear witness to how Singapore’s connection to the global economy has not only produced an economic miracle but also brought keener competition both at home and abroad. Much attention has been paid to the widening income divide, structural unemployment and the necessity…..

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  • New Media and Politics: Can Old Rules Apply?

    Jun 24, 2012 | Hits: 1190

    Arun Mahizhnan – Proponents of new technology tend to proclaim it as the revolutionary tool that would change the world; detractors respond with customary yawn. Arun Mahizhnan revisits the age-old debate. In a recent, characteristically thought-provoking article, The Economist wrote about how Reformation leader Martin Luther “went viral” in the 16th century, half a millennium before…..

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