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Monthly Archives: March 2008

Uniquely Singapore

Uniquely Singapore Medishield – one of the most profitable in the world Leong Sze Hian I refer to the Committee of Supply debate in Parliament on the Ministry of Health (MOH). In 2006, as a result of requiring all private insurers’ CPF Shield plans to incorporate MediShield, the number of MediShield policyholders grew from 1.26 million to 2.75 million in …

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Breaking News: PM reshuffles Cabinet

From The Straits Times: By Jeremy Au Yong PRIME Minister Lee Hsien Loong reshuffled his Cabinet on Saturday, as part of a process to groom the next generation of leaders for Singapore. The most eye-catching in the slew of changes announced by PM Lee was the appointment of Mr K. Shanmugam as Law Minister and Second Minister for Home Affairs …

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Will “American democracy” throw up the best leaders?

In the blog Beyond Sg, George Yeo, Minister for Foreign Affairs, asks if the United States’ system of “American democracy” will “throw up the best leaders”. Quote from the blog: “But will such a system throw up the best leaders? Watching the race between Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama, a large part of the contest is about crafting speeches and …

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In the spirit of giving a “full account”

Andrew Loh A month has passed since suspected JI leader Mas Selamat Kastari escaped from the Whitley Road detention centre. Perhaps it is a good time to re-visit what has been revealed – especially the information which the government has chosen to give the public about the escapee since the jailbreak. When one looks at the information disseminated so far, …

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TOC’s focus on Malaysia

The Dawn of a New Malaysian Malaysia? Gerald Giam In the wake of the political tsunami of the recent Malaysian elections which saw the opposition alliance breaking the ruling coalition's two-thirds majority in Parliament, it has become apparent that the Opposition is serious about reforming the country's race-based affirmative action policies. The alliance of opposition parties, Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), …

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TOC’s focus on Malaysia

Rethinking Malaysia’s Multiracialism Kamal Mamat It has been a called a seismic shock, a political tsunami and an earthquake of cataclysmic proportions, among others. In short, Malaysia’s 2008 General Election is nothing less than epochal. The invoked forces of nature notwithstanding, the question is; can Malaysia's desire to improve the lives of its rakyat based on the new multiracial ethos …

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Uniquely Singapore

Uniquely Singapore Employment statistics Leong Sze Hian I refer to the Committee of Supply debate in Parliament on the Ministry of Manpower, and media reports that the economy added 234,900 jobs, up from 176,000 jobs in the previous year. Of these, 90,400 jobs went to locals last year, down from 90,900 the previous year, but the local share of total …

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