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  • How can Singapore move up the values ladder?

    By: IPS Editor | Aug 14, 2018 | Hits: 830

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

    By: admintest admintest | Jan 12, 2018 | Hits: 2757

    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: 3176

    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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  • Striving towards a multi-abled Singapore

    By: admintest admintest | Dec 05, 2017 | Hits: 1976

    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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  • More Singaporeans going abroad, but are no less Singaporean for it

    By: admintest admintest | Sep 05, 2017 | Hits: 1465

    The number of Singaporeans who choose to work or live abroad has increased over the years. A total of 213,400 Singaporeans have chosen to do so as of last year, compared to 157,800 in 2004. Six in every 100 Singaporeans reside abroad. This figure is significantly higher than that of many other developed countries including…..

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  • Racial Stereotypes in Media: Not just a bit of Harmless Fun

    By: admintest admintest | Jun 23, 2017 | Hits: 2238

    Singapore, with its polyglot population living and working together peacefully for the past five decades, often strikes international visitors as an oasis of social harmony. However, undercurrents of racism do surface from time to time. Insensitive remarks or actions based on stereotypes about a certain race may cause offence, and social media amplifies both the…..

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