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

    By: Gillian Koh | Dec 12, 2018 | Hits: 27

    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: 210

    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: 642

    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: 1138

    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: 830

    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: 1265

    “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: 853

    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: 1165

    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: 830

    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: 9793

    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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