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Monthly Archives: October 2010

From gang fights to mentor

David is a student of the Singapore Management University (SMU), with a double major in Psychology and Human Resources. He was the recipient of the Youth Shine Award 2010, which celebrates youth achievement. He has appeared in newspapers, his success story held up as an example for all to see. But David was not always a star pupil. In his …

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Goh vs Obama – worlds apart?

In the 30 October, Saturday, edition of the Straits Times (page A14), it was reported that NTU student Lim Zi Rui was telling SM Goh about how younger Singaporeans no longer feel a sense of belonging to the country. Here is the exchange, as reported by the Straits Times (bold emphasis ours): "This is your country," SM Goh replied. "What …

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Elections just weeks away?

From Channel Newsasia: Singapore's Electoral Boundaries Review Committee convened By S Ramesh HANOI: Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee has been convened. Typically, the prime minister appoints the committee just before a General Election to review the electoral division boundaries and recommend changes. The committee examines the growth of the voter population from the …

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Casino entry fee – pay at AXS machine

“Wah... Spotted at an AXS machine! Hassle free and convenient way to purchase 1-day or annual entry into casinos of Marina Bay Sands... At $100 and $2000 respectively.” Member of the public posting on Facebook -------------------- Singapore has, though, already fired a warning shot over the casinos' bows regarding the targeting of local mass market players, by last month ordering …

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Singapore: why innovate in utopia?

From Tech Crunch: It’s hard to find any corner of chaos in Singapore. The system is engineered with one outcome, Chan says: “Making people good economic units for society.” Is there room for a high-beta version of good economic units of society– one that could succeed disproportionately or fail disproportionately in a culture so tied to obediance? The big “what’s-wrong-with-youth-today?” scandal …

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Singapore is 17th most prosperous country: 1st or 3rd world?

By Leong Sze Hian I refer to the article “S’pore is 17th most prosperous country” (Today, Oct 28). Since Malaysia is the only other country in Asean that is in the top 50, at 43rd, I think it may be interesting to compare Singapore and Malaysia, from the perspective of what it may all mean to ordinary citizens? The Malaysian …

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Cheaper, better, faster till 70 and beyond?

Andrew Loh - It is little wonder Singaporeans are anxious. Despite the government trumpeting that we have arrived as a “first-world country”, and boasts record GDP growth this year, and how “if Singapore Inc went for IPO, this is a $4 trillion company” (as PM Lee said in  2007), the fruits of economic growth seem to continue to elude them. Indeed, …

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George Yeo says Burma election is a “major step forward”

Ravi Philemon - The Philippine Foreign Secretary has already blasted the elections in Myanmar as “a farce to democratic values of transparency, fairness, provision for 'level playing field', credibility and all-inclusiveness[i]”. On that note, I wrote to the Foreign Minister of Singapore, Mr George Yeo, and asked him if he has a view on the upcoming elections in Burma, considering …

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The relentless rising cost of living in Singapore

Polytechnics & ITEs raise fees... NUS, NTU, SMU raise fees... Foreign workers levies increased... 2 town councils raise S&CC... Sheng Siong raises rental for wet markets... Electricity to go up... HDB resale prices up 2.7%... Transport fares... - last updated: 20 April 2010.

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Unapologetically Socialist – Goh Meng Seng (Part Two)

In Part Two of an hour-long interview, Goh Meng Seng talks about giving up politics, engaging people online, and his influences. You can read part one here. Assuming you do not win a single seat this coming elections. Are you going to quit politics and join your wife and daughter in Hong Kong? That will depend on what happens after …

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