Monthly Archives: February 2011

Budget 2011: Analysis snippets

by Leong Sze Hian I refer to the Budget Statement 2011 by the Finance Minister . Wages grew 0.5% “C.6. Consider what happened to low-income Singaporean workers, at the 20th percentile of incomes. Their wages grew by about 23% in the last decade, or by 5% in real terms. (This is without taking into account theWorkfare payments they have received since 2008.)” …

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How about ‘Richer, Kinder, Slower’?

by Stephanie Chok I have come to my tether, and therefore I must blog (or self-combust). In a nutshell: Cause of aggravation #1: A friend told me last night of a conversation between an undergraduate at a local university here and her colleague. Her colleague had expressed his dismay at the large numbers of elderly folk in Singapore working in …

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Stagnant Wages, Immigration Fuel Singapore Squeeze

The following is an excerpt of an article published by the Associated Press on February 17, 2011. SINGAPORE (AP) — Singaporean Ramzi Mohamed is tired of sleeping in the living room of the two-bedroom apartment he shares with his mother and older brother. His problem is that housing prices in the city-state are up almost 70 percent since 2006 while the 29-year-old …

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MDA: Abnormalizing the normal?

by Joshua Chiang “Homosexuality will eventually be accepted. It’s already accepted in China. It’s a matter of time before it’s accepted here.” – Lee Kuan Yew, Hard Truths To Keep Singapore Going The funny thing about our Government sometimes is how the more they try to put a lid on certain issues, the more publicity they give to those very …

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Improving Singaporeans’ Standard of Living

The following is the third in a three-part summary extract from the soon-to-be-published ““Creating Jobs and Enterprise in a new Singapore economy – Ideas for Change” by Tan Jee Say, former secretary to the late Dr Albert Winsemius, the economic adviser to the Singapore Government. Jee Say’s analysis and prescription are ‘persuasive’, according to Lord Butler who as Head of the British …

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Braema Mathi to speak at TOC Budget Forum:

Former AWARE president and current president of human rights NGO MARUAH Braema Mathi will speak at The Online Citizen’s Budget Forum 2011. She will replace Mr Tan Kin Lian who has to turn down our invitation due to other commitments. Ms Mathi will be speaking on behalf of AWARE  on the need to bring women’s perspective to the Singapore Budget. …

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Which came first: Homophobia or Censorship?

by Kirsten Han This piece was first posted on funny little world on 10 October 2010. I’ve just been to see I Love You, Phillip Morris. It’s a delightful, engaging film that did a great job of balancing comedy and drama, with excellent performances from the cast (especially the two leads Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor), but I’m not really …

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Govt should hold MM accountable for remarks

The following is a letter sent to us by a TOC reader. I am reluctant to resurrect the troubles that brewed over MM Lee’s remarks that related to the Malay-Muslim Community but I feel the need to raise a point on accountability that has not yet been resolved. First, I believe it is better for the Malay-Muslim Community to try …

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Resilience package: The year after

by Leong Sze Hian When I was asked if I could write something about how the $20 billion Resilence Package has helped Singaporeans, the first thought that came to my mind was – I was stumped! How should I go about analysing the unprecedented Resilence Package to help Singaporeans during Singapore’s worst recession in 2009? Well, the mind sometimes kind …

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A $60 Billion National Regeneration Plan

The following is the second in a three-part summary extract from the soon-to-be-published ““Creating Jobs and Enterprise in a new Singapore economy – Ideas for Change” by Tan Jee Say, former secretary to the late Dr Albert Winsemius, the economic adviser to the Singapore Government. Jee Say’s analysis and prescription are ‘persuasive’, according to Lord Butler who as Head of the …

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