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  • Navigating the Future Together as a Rugged Singaporean Citizenry

    By: IPS Editor | Mar 12, 2019 | Hits: 964

    In a recent Parliamentary speech, Senior Minister of State for Law Edwin Tong warned of the dangers of foreign interference in local politics and elections. He noted the “curious spike” in anonymous online comments critical of Singapore during the disputes with Malaysia late last year, and referred to the SingHealth hacking incident which experts commonly…..

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  • How can Singapore move up the values ladder?

    By: IPS Editor | Aug 14, 2018 | Hits: 1560

    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: IPS Editor | Aug 06, 2018 | Hits: 1875

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

    By: admintest admintest | May 30, 2018 | Hits: 3954

    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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  • In upholding harmony, communities’ responses, not just laws, matter

    By: admintest admintest | May 07, 2018 | Hits: 1279

    In the past year or so, statements by two foreign religious teachers in Singapore sparked discussions on their conduct and the impact on social harmony. The most recent one involved Mr Lou Engle, an American Protestant Christian pastor. During a conference in March, he reportedly told the audience that “Muslims are taking over the south…..

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  • Shaping the future of Singapore’s heartlands

    By: admintest admintest | Apr 26, 2018 | Hits: 2094

    Someone once told me that in Singapore, HDB flats are ‘like the air we breathe’. They are so much a part of our life because more than 80 per cent of our residential population live in them. Even if you do not live in an HDB flat, you would have used some of the amenities…..

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  • While social class division exists, it does not mean Singapore is divided

    By: admintest admintest | Jan 12, 2018 | Hits: 3303

    As the adage goes, no man (or woman) is an island. We each have our own personal, social network, which may include a relative with whom we could share and discuss important matters or a close friend who would readily help us in times of need. A recent study we did found that on average,…..

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  • In Low-Crime Singapore: Understanding the Link between Diversity and Crime at the Neighbourhood Level

    By: admintest admintest | Dec 13, 2017 | Hits: 4180

    We have heard from managers about the merits of diversity within organisations, whereupon a more diverse workforce tends to produce more effective teams, be more effective at problem-solving and musters greater innovations. When it comes to diversity in residential communities, however, the effects are mixed. Diversity within Communities Several social science researchers have pointed to…..

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  • Building a gracious society in Singapore

    By: admintest admintest | Oct 11, 2017 | Hits: 6518

    Singaporeans have expressed the wish for a more gracious society in the next 50 years and while the government can encourage and facilitate this graciousness, it is something the citizens themselves have to produce, said former top civil servant Lim Siong Guan on Tuesday (Oct 10). This could take a generation, and Singapore has to…..

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

    By: admintest admintest | Sep 18, 2017 | Hits: 3403

    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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