Monthly Archives: September 2010

PAP “fighting its biggest political battle”

From The Star Online: Seah Chiang Nee As Singapore’s infrastructure groans under the weight of a five million plus population – more than a third of them foreigners – there’s rising resentment against the island state’s immigrant policy. BURSTING at our seams. This is a frequent phrase used to describe Singapore these days, after its population crossed the five million …

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What are Singaporean workers sacrificing for?

Leong Sze Hian – The Prime Minister said in his National Day Rally speech, that “Singaporeans can look forward to higher wages and good bonuses” and that “[lots] of jobs [have been] created [and] unemployment has gone down.” With this being akin to an almost annual rhetoric over the years, exhorting Singaporeans to accept more foreigners in order to achieve …

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Is he addressing the issue – 12 years on?

In his National Day Rally speech, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong attempted to address Singaporeans’ concerns over the large influx of foreigners, both as workers and as new citizens and permanent residents (PRs). The Prime Minister said he understood these sentiments which are, he said “legitimate concerns”. He said the government took these concerns “seriously”. Nonetheless, he admitted that the …

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PAP dan Melayu Singapura: Antara Retorik, Kenyataan dan Meritokrasi

The following is the Malay version of the article “The PAP and the Malay Singaporean: Between rhetoric, reality and meritocracy” by Pritam Singh. PAP dan Melayu Singapura: Antara Retorik, Kenyataan dan Meritokrasi Pritam Singh Boleh didapati sedikit peralihan dalam cara Parti Tindakan Rakyat (PAP) mengendalikan komunikasi awam yang melibatkan kemasukan warga asing ke Singapura. Dalam amanat Hari Kebangsaan 2010 beliau …

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Politics and ethnicity: framing racial discrimination in Singapore

James Gomez Racial discrimination is a global phenomenon that the United Nations seeks to eradicate. In contemporary Singapore, research shows that the basis for racism is anchored in the role of ethnic identity and how it frames the formulation of policies related to education, employment, housing, immigration and politics. These policies have been formulated and implemented by the People’s Action …

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Amendments to the CPF Act – did you know?

Leong Sze Hian – I refer to media reports (“Second chance to join CPF Life”, ST, Aug 17) about the amendments to the CPF Act passed in Parliament in August. CPF savings left unclaimed for six months upon the CPF member’s death will be moved into the Ordinary Account (OA), which pays a lower interest than that for the Special (SA), Medisave (MA) …

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