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  • Fighting coronavirus: An appeal to Singaporeans

    By: Tommy Koh | Feb 13, 2020 | Hits: 466

    The 2019 coronavirus disease (Covid-19) has created fear and anxiety in the world. The fear is understandable, because the virus has killed more than 1,100 people and infected more than 44,000 others in China. In Singapore, 50 people have become infected. The virus originated in Wuhan, the capital of the Hubei province. The scientists believe…..

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  • Commentary: Protecting public health is key in novel coronavirus fight but we must also tackle xenophobia

    By: Mathew Mathews and Shane Pereira | Feb 08, 2020 | Hits: 93

    Careful terminology, community leadership and responsible behaviour online are needed to stem potential anti-PRC sentiments, say the Institute of Policy Studies’ Mathew Mathews and Shane Pereira.   SINGAPORE: Since it was first discovered last December in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the 2019 novel coronavirus has spread internationally. The rapid proliferation of the virus and…..

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  • Supporting active fatherhood in Singapore

    By: Yvonne Arivalagan | Feb 07, 2020 | Hits: 121

    Fathers in many countries, including Singapore, have been playing a more active role at home. Japan’s environment minister, Shinjiro Koizumi, recently announced that he would be taking paternity leave following the birth of his son. He is the first top public official in Japan to do so and says he hopes his decision would help…..

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  • Helping Singapore workers and businesses ride through volatile economic cycles

    By: Nicholas Sim, Damien Huang and Sabrina Heng | Feb 04, 2020 | Hits: 147

    Much has been said about the impact of Industry 4.0 and rapid technological changes and how robots and Artificial intelligence (AI) would affect work. What is clear is the way we work in the future will be drastically different. How can workers better prepare themselves? And what can the Government and employers do to help…..

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  • Greater effort needed to end workplace discrimination

    By: Gillian Koh and Damien Huang | Feb 03, 2020 | Hits: 65

    Age, race and gender workplace biases are just as critical an issue as foreigners displacing locals unfairly Workplace discrimination has come to the fore, with the Government announcing tougher penalties against it. Independent research data by the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) indicates the range and scale of the issue, and that more effort is…..

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  • What is the secret of Singapore’s success?

    By: Tommy Koh | Jan 29, 2020 | Hits: 351

    As this is my first op-ed in the new solar and lunar year, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all the readers of The Straits Times a peaceful, healthy and successful new year. I have a new year present for Singapore. The present is in the form of a new book I…..

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  • How should Singapore go about having religious discourse on social issues, especially contentious ones?

    By: Mathew Mathews and Melvin Tay | Nov 20, 2019 | Hits: 572

    A recent Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) paper on fault lines revealed significant differences in opinion regarding religious leaders strongly articulating their views on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) issues in public. More than 60 per cent of the 4,000 respondents to a nationwide survey indicated discomfort to varying extents with this scenario; the…..

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  • Challenging racism starts in the family

    By: Mathew Mathews and Shane Pereira | Oct 16, 2019 | Hits: 431

    The associations children make about people different from themselves are based on cues they pick up from trusted adults around them, say the Institute of Policy Studies’ Mathew Mathews and Shane Pereira.   SINGAPORE: Parliament passed enhanced legislation recently to preserve religious harmony in Singapore, adding to the safeguards that seek to maintain racial and religious peace…..

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

    By: Christopher Gee | Aug 14, 2019 | Hits: 1140

    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: 1047

    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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