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  • Fighting coronavirus: An appeal to Singaporeans

    By: IPS Editor | Feb 13, 2020 | Hits: 605

    The 2019 coronavirus disease (Covid-19) has created fear and anxiety in the world. The fear is understandable, because the virus has killed more than 1,100 people and infected more than 44,000 others in China. In Singapore, 50 people have become infected. The virus originated in Wuhan, the capital of the Hubei province. The scientists believe…..

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  • Commentary: Protecting public health is key in novel coronavirus fight but we must also tackle xenophobia

    By: IPS Editor | Feb 08, 2020 | Hits: 135

    Careful terminology, community leadership and responsible behaviour online are needed to stem potential anti-PRC sentiments, say the Institute of Policy Studies’ Mathew Mathews and Shane Pereira.   SINGAPORE: Since it was first discovered last December in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the 2019 novel coronavirus has spread internationally. The rapid proliferation of the virus and…..

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  • What is the secret of Singapore’s success?

    By: IPS Editor | Jan 29, 2020 | Hits: 443

    As this is my first op-ed in the new solar and lunar year, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all the readers of The Straits Times a peaceful, healthy and successful new year. I have a new year present for Singapore. The present is in the form of a new book I…..

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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: 608

    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: 452

    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: 1069

    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: 1166

    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: 1327

    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: 1348

    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: 1789

    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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