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  • Four Principles of Intergenerational Equity for Managing the Reserves

    By: IPS Editor | Dec 04, 2018 | Hits: 208

    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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  • Commentary: Behind the public shaming of one wealthy elite, a disturbing but growing divide

    By: IPS Editor | Sep 03, 2018 | Hits: 1137

    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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  • CareShield Life: What’s fair versus what’s right

    By: IPS Editor | Aug 02, 2018 | Hits: 852

    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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  • Inequality has a geographic dimension – between and within neighbourhoods in Singapore

    By: admintest admintest | May 30, 2018 | Hits: 3176

    The two weeks of intense discussion on the presidential address in parliament has unanimously pointed to the danger of inequality and hardening social mobility in Singapore.   The city-state has one of the highest income disparity levels among developed economies, though not among other global cities, before taxes and government transfers. In the long run, this rift will undermine…..

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  • Aim for 4G leaders: Equalise vocational, academic pathways

    By: admintest admintest | May 15, 2018 | Hits: 1666

    The egalitarian ideal of being a fair and just society remains strong in Singapore. Indeed, this was a central theme in President Halimah Yacob’s address in Parliament on Monday, when she said the Government would tackle inequality “vigorously”. After all, the country’s founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew set up as an article of faith…..

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  • Striving towards a multi-abled Singapore

    By: admintest admintest | Dec 05, 2017 | Hits: 1975

    Tomorrow is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, and marks the 25th anniversary of its proclamation by the United Nations General Assembly in 1992. It is an opportune moment to reflect on what policies for people with disabilities in Singapore have achieved and identify possible future directions. The beginnings of inclusion for people with…..

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  • Emerging sense of S’porean identity independent of ethnic heritage

    By: admintest admintest | Dec 01, 2017 | Hits: 1878

    A recent survey on ethnic identity shows that many Singaporeans rate speaking English as a more important trait of being Singaporean than being able to trace one’s ethnic heritage. The run-up to Singapore’s first reserved presidential election two months ago was marked by contention over what exactly constitutes an “authentic” Singapore Malay. As the 2017…..

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  • Reintegrating ex-offenders a noble cause, but into what kind of a society?

    By: admintest admintest | Sep 18, 2017 | Hits: 2761

    The annual Yellow Ribbon run will take place tomorrow (Sep 17), reminding us of the importance of rehabilitation and reintegrating ex-offenders into society. Many of us probably agree with the Yellow Ribbon Project that society should be more accepting of ex-offenders. Unfortunately, reintegrating ex-offenders remains a complex, multi-dimensional challenge. In the past two decades, our…..

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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: 1752

    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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