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

    By: IPS Editor | Nov 20, 2019 | Hits: 228

    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: IPS Editor | Oct 16, 2019 | Hits: 234

    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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  • Why Singapore needs stronger safeguards against rise of religious and identity politics

    By: IPS Editor | Aug 01, 2019 | Hits: 844

    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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  • Commentary: On homosexuality and cohabitation – differences on moral issues need not lead to polarised society

    By: IPS Editor | May 17, 2019 | Hits: 946

    Whether differences in opinion on issues of morality will lead to a fragmented and feuding society is something we can guard against, say the Institute of Policy Studies’ Mathew Mathews and Leonard Lim. SINGAPORE: Singaporeans remain generally conservative on issues of morality, as a recent Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) paper on Religion, Morality and…..

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  • What’s good and not so good about millennials’ attitudes on religious harmony and freedom of speech

    By: IPS Editor | Apr 17, 2019 | Hits: 1135

    More young people are open to permitting religious extremists to publish their views on the internet or social media. Forty six per cent of those between 18 and 25 years felt this way, compared to only 15 per cent of those above 65 years. A lower percentage of 18 to 25 year olds — 38…..

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  • Caring for caregivers of persons with disabilities

    By: IPS Editor | Jan 21, 2019 | Hits: 1217

    According to the 2010 National Health Survey, approximately 210,000 people aged 18 to 69 provide regular care to family and friends. This number is expected to increase with an ageing society and the government’s push towards community-based care as healthcare demands rise. There will be fewer family members to share the burden of care —…..

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  • How can Singapore move up the values ladder?

    By: IPS Editor | Aug 14, 2018 | Hits: 1694

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

    By: admintest admintest | May 30, 2018 | Hits: 4390

    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: 2051

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

    By: admintest admintest | Jan 12, 2018 | Hits: 3512

    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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