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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: 124

    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: 335

    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: 346

    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: 633

    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: 386

    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: 631

    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: 468

    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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  • Caring for caregivers of persons with disabilities

    By: Andrew Lim and Justin Lee | Jan 21, 2019 | Hits: 753

    According to the 2010 National Health Survey, approximately 210,000 people aged 18 to 69 provide regular care to family and friends. This number is expected to increase with an ageing society and the government’s push towards community-based care as healthcare demands rise. There will be fewer family members to share the burden of care —…..

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  • A two-in-one statement about Singapore’s 4G leadership

    By: Gillian Koh | Dec 12, 2018 | Hits: 892

    The announcement on November 23 by the ruling People’s Action Party that there is consensus among its fourth-generation (4G) leaders for Finance Minister Mr Heng Swee Keat to be the first among equals has been met with a chorus of approval online. Those around the world with interests in Singapore will recognise the party’s effort…..

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  • Four Principles of Intergenerational Equity for Managing the Reserves

    By: Drew Shih | Dec 04, 2018 | Hits: 849

    During the 2018 Budget debate in Singapore, considerable time was dedicated to discussing the Net Investment Returns Contribution (NIRC) framework. Under the constitution, the NIRC framework allows the government to utilise up to 50 per cent of the expected long-term real returns from investing the reserves. Central to the debate regarding NIRC was whether we…..

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