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  • CPF money: Yours, ours or the Government’s?

    By: Christopher Gee | Aug 14, 2019 | Hits: 116

    To whom does our Central Provident Fund (CPF) money belong? This question comes up regularly in Singapore, and two recent cases attracted wide public attention and deep sympathies among Singaporeans. In one case, a husband wanted to draw out his CPF monies to pay for his wife’s treatment at a private hospital.  She had reportedly…..

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  • Why Singapore needs stronger safeguards against rise of religious and identity politics

    By: Mathew Mathews and Melvin Tay | Aug 01, 2019 | Hits: 189

    At the recent Forum on Religion, Extremism and Identity Politics organised by the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) and the Ministry of Home Affairs, much was said about the ills of identity politics where people organise along narrow ethnic and religious lines. The rise of religious nationalism seeking to transcend governance systems around the world…..

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  • The case for restoring CPF contribution rates of older workers

    By: Damien Huang and Christopher Gee | Jul 11, 2019 | Hits: 269

    We recently recommended that Central Provident Fund (CPF) contribution rates for all workers be equalised at 37 per cent, restoring the rates for older workers back to be on par with those of younger workers currently. To many, the change would be a sensible and fair approach. But some have responded strongly to say that…..

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  • Commentary: On homosexuality and cohabitation – differences on moral issues need not lead to polarised society

    By: Mathew Mathews and Leonard Lim | May 17, 2019 | Hits: 516

    Whether differences in opinion on issues of morality will lead to a fragmented and feuding society is something we can guard against, say the Institute of Policy Studies’ Mathew Mathews and Leonard Lim. SINGAPORE: Singaporeans remain generally conservative on issues of morality, as a recent Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) paper on Religion, Morality and…..

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  • What’s good and not so good about millennials’ attitudes on religious harmony and freedom of speech

    By: Shanthini Selvarajan and Mathew Mathews | Apr 17, 2019 | Hits: 726

    More young people are open to permitting religious extremists to publish their views on the internet or social media. Forty six per cent of those between 18 and 25 years felt this way, compared to only 15 per cent of those above 65 years. A lower percentage of 18 to 25 year olds — 38…..

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  • Pegging retirement and re-employment ages to Singaporeans’ healthy life expectancy

    By: Christopher Gee and Damien Huang | Mar 26, 2019 | Hits: 618

    Manpower Minister Josephine Teo announced during her Ministry’s budget debate this month that the tripartite labour partners — government, businesses and unions — have agreed that the retirement and re-employment ages in Singapore not only continue to be relevant, but should be increased. The Minister also underlined that even as the retirement and re-employment ages…..

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  • Navigating the Future Together as a Rugged Singaporean Citizenry

    By: Dhevarajan Devadas | Mar 12, 2019 | Hits: 950

    In a recent Parliamentary speech, Senior Minister of State for Law Edwin Tong warned of the dangers of foreign interference in local politics and elections. He noted the “curious spike” in anonymous online comments critical of Singapore during the disputes with Malaysia late last year, and referred to the SingHealth hacking incident which experts commonly…..

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  • ‘Cosmolanders’ and Singapore’s dual personality

    By: Tan Tai Yong | Mar 08, 2019 | Hits: 661

    In all its earlier incarnations, Singapore had functioned as a city of sorts. It was an emporium, a cosmopolis, a colonial port city, a crown colony and then a city within a larger Malaysian Federation. But it was a most unnatural nation. It did not have any of the ingredients needed to build national identity…..

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  • Foreign policy in an age of technological disruption

    By: Vivian Balakrishnan | Feb 01, 2019 | Hits: 858

    We are witnessing a fractured world order due to fractious domestic politics, caused by digital disruption. The signs are obvious – strategic tension between the superpowers, political polarisation, anxiety over the future of jobs and anger over sharpening inequality. There is a clear chain of causation. Technology drives human progress. Early masters of technology accumulate…..

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  • The tension between north and south in China’s history

    By: Wang Gungwu | Feb 01, 2019 | Hits: 636

    Singapore’s place in the world depends so much on its place in the region. It’s a region that is gaining in importance, in part because there has been a general shift and recognition that it is in the heart of a new dynamic economic region called the Indo-Pacific region. This is of course nothing new……

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