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  • Foreign policy in an age of technological disruption

    By: Vivian Balakrishnan | Feb 01, 2019 | Hits: 188

    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: 184

    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: 305

    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: 540

    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: 605

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

    By: Christopher Gee | Sep 11, 2018 | Hits: 975

    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: 1521

    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: 1176

    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: 1589

    “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: 1156

    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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