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

    By: IPS Editor | Sep 11, 2018 | Hits: 641

    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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  • Is Singapore a Small Country?

    By: admintest admintest | Aug 07, 2017 | Hits: 3494

    As Singapore’s 52nd national day draws near, my thoughts have turned increasingly towards our beloved country, Singapore. I have also been reflecting on the recent debate between two good friends, Kishore Mahbubani and Bilahari Kausikan, on the diplomacy of small states. The question which I would like to answer in this essay is whether Singapore…..

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  • Singapore’s Future, and Lessons from Boston

    By: admintest admintest | May 04, 2017 | Hits: 8757

    Perhaps the central and most obvious paradox of Singapore is that its national boundaries coincide perfectly with its city limits. And what is more, the fantasy and glamour of Singapore’s global city status often stand in sharp contrast to the insecurities that define its statehood. Sovereign city-states are anomalies, surviving despite their very small size,…..

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  • Imagining Endless Possible Futures

    By: admintest admintest | Apr 20, 2017 | Hits: 1097

    The central thesis in Professor Clayton Christensen’s seminal book, The Innovator’s Dilemma, is that successful organisations are doomed to fail in the long run, because there is tremendous inertia to change a formula that has worked well. In other words, the incumbents of today are locked-in to their mental models and success formulas. They are…..

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  • The Black Elephant Challenge for Governments

    By: admintest admintest | Apr 11, 2017 | Hits: 5918

    Stephen Hawking, the world-famous theoretical physicist, said: “I think the next century (the 21st century) will be the century of complexity.” But what is complexity? And what is its relevance to governance? Complex is different from complicated. An engineering system is merely complicated. It could be an A-380 or a telecommunications satellite. Its inner workings…..

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  • Why Reserved Elections for the EP Make Sense for Singapore

    By: admintest admintest | Sep 27, 2016 | Hits: 2592

    A recent survey of over 2,600 Singaporeans by market research agency Blackbox found that only 23 per cent thought it was “absolutely necessary” to improve the elected presidency (EP) system to ensure that minorities are given greater opportunity to become president. Around half (48 per cent) thought it was “good to have” and 29 per…..

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  • [The Angle] When Should the “Reserved Election” Provision Kick in?

    By: admintest admintest | Sep 13, 2016 | Hits: 1751

    The Constitutional Commission set up to review the Elected Presidency has recommended that after five consecutive terms without a president coming from a particular racial group, the next election would be reserved for candidates of that race. Assuming that the government implements the recommendations in full, there is the question of when exactly the first…..

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  • The Constitutional Commission’s Report: Ensuring Greater Clarity in Singapore’s Unique Governance System

    By: admintest admintest | Sep 13, 2016 | Hits: 1724

    Last week, the Government released to the public the recommendations of the Constitutional Commission to review the elected presidency. After six months of deliberation, the Commission, appointed by the Prime Minister on 10 February 2016, has been thorough in its analysis of the issues. It has considered suggestions raised by intellectuals, eminent persons and young…..

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  • Enhancing the Elected Presidency System

    By: admintest admintest | Nov 24, 2015 | Hits: 1998

    The office of the Elected President (EP) of Singapore is a political though non-partisan one. The EP swears an oath to uphold the interests of the nation in exercising, among others, two key veto powers on the use of national reserves and appointments to top public sector posts against the popularly elected governing executive, the…..

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