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  • Why HDB owners should forget about getting a windfall from Vers

    By: Christopher Gee | Sep 11, 2018 | Hits: 120

    Singaporeans have come to associate property en bloc exercises with windfall gains, where property owners get prices higher than what they would ordinarily achieve if selling on a stand-alone basis. Whether in the private property market or via the Housing & Development Board’s Selective En Bloc Redevelopment Scheme (Sers) for public housing flats, the redevelopment…..

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  • Commentary: Behind the public shaming of one wealthy elite, a disturbing but growing divide

    By: Natalie Pang | Sep 03, 2018 | Hits: 470

    On Monday (Aug 27), soon after news of Audrey Tay, the daughter of The Hour Glass founders, pleading guilty to taking drugs and causing a car crash that uprooted a divider broke, netizens flooded social media with harsh comments. Yet, many comments were not about her wrongdoing, but focused on her inherited wealth and how her privilege may cushion her…..

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  • How can Singapore move up the values ladder?

    By: Tan Ern Ser | Aug 14, 2018 | Hits: 289

    Singaporeans can be a self-reflexive lot. We have been socialised to believe in excellence and self-reliance, and in many ways, we have tried to live up to those expectations. However, we often feel conflicted within themselves: we have done well as a nation and economy; but, as individuals, we perhaps still see ourselves caught in…..

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  • Commentary: Steps to a society of compassion and solidarity we can be proud of

    By: Gillian Koh | Aug 06, 2018 | Hits: 724

    “人在江湖,身不由己”. This is a commonly used Mandarin expression which states that as one steps out into the world, one cannot expect to live as one wishes to. Some may choose, heroically, to pay the price of living by their lofty ideals, but this statement justifies the need to set those ideals aside. What happens if one’s…..

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  • CareShield Life: What’s fair versus what’s right

    By: Christopher Gee | Aug 02, 2018 | Hits: 394

    The debate over the recently announced national severe disability insurance scheme CareShield Life seems to be on the issue of actuarial fairness of premium pricing. Gender differentiated premiums require women to pay premiums 23 per cent higher than men of equivalent age. Other groups such as older cohorts currently in legacy ElderShield schemes (CareShield Life’s…..

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  • Death Education is Life Education

    By: Jean Lor | Aug 01, 2018 | Hits: 598

    With the advent of life-sustaining medical treatments that can artificially prolong the lives of those with terminal illness, death has become more complicated. Families and healthcare professionals face moral decisions in choosing between life-sustaining treatments and comfort care: when is the right time to detach the ventilator and let a loved one or a patient…..

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  • Advance Planning is Needed for a Peaceful End-of-Life Experience — அந்திமக் காலத்தை அமைதியாக கடக்க திட்டமிடல் தேவை

    By: Yvonne Arivalagan | Jul 12, 2018 | Hits: 418

    மரணத்தைப் பற்றி பேசுவது எளிதன்று. நம் உற்றார் உறவினரின் அந்திமக் காலத்தைப் பற்றி நினைக்கவே பயப்படுகிறோம். நம் சொந்த வாழ்க்கையின் முடிவு பற்றி நினைக்கும் போது இந்தப் பயம் அதிகரிக் கலாம்.

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  • Moulding the Future of our Nation: The Role of the Humanities

    By: Tommy Koh | Jul 06, 2018 | Hits: 8713

    Mrs Eugenia Lim, Principal, Mrs Shermaine Tang, Vice-Principal, Madam Ho Hui Ping, Vice-Principal, Teachers and Students. Thank you for inviting me to share my thoughts with you this morning. Tribute To Teachers It is a special pleasure to speak to 200 teachers.  A few years ago, the Ministry of Education published a small book of…..

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  • Inequality has a geographic dimension – between and within neighbourhoods in Singapore

    By: Leong Chan-Hoong | May 30, 2018 | Hits: 2533

    The two weeks of intense discussion on the presidential address in parliament has unanimously pointed to the danger of inequality and hardening social mobility in Singapore.   The city-state has one of the highest income disparity levels among developed economies, though not among other global cities, before taxes and government transfers. In the long run, this rift will undermine…..

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  • Aim for 4G leaders: Equalise vocational, academic pathways

    By: Gillian Koh | May 15, 2018 | Hits: 1267

    The egalitarian ideal of being a fair and just society remains strong in Singapore. Indeed, this was a central theme in President Halimah Yacob’s address in Parliament on Monday, when she said the Government would tackle inequality “vigorously”. After all, the country’s founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew set up as an article of faith…..

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