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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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  • How can Singapore move up the values ladder?

    By: IPS Editor | Aug 14, 2018 | Hits: 829

    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: 1264

    “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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  • 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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  • Building a gracious society in Singapore

    By: admintest admintest | Oct 11, 2017 | Hits: 5874

    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: 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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  • Lessons for S’pore on the rise and fall of empires

    By: admintest admintest | Sep 13, 2017 | Hits: 47613

    When Singapore became independent in August 1965, it was an accidental nation, unplanned in its creation and unexpected in its survival, said former top civil servant Lim Siong Guan. The question now is what kind of nation Singapore wants to be in the coming years and whether its people have what it takes to carve…..

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  • Managing Singapore’s New Diversities

    By: admintest admintest | Aug 12, 2016 | Hits: 2336

    Singapore has become more socially diverse in recent years, beyond our traditional differences of race, religion and language. Much of this has come about because the country has positioned itself at the intersection of global flows. But welcoming what is new and foreign into our island has meant that Singaporeans, who have become accustomed to…..

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