Daily Archives: 2014-08-01

95% of jobs growth in 2014 Q2 went to foreigners?

By S Y Lee and Leong Sze Hian I refer to the article “Unemployment rates in Q2 hold steady amid tight labour market: MOM” (Channel NewsAsia, Jul 31). Only Singaporeans unemployment rate increase? The report states that the preliminary estimates released by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM)’s Research and Statistics Department on Thursday (July 31) showed that the overall seasonally adjusted …

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Applaud the PTOs

By Andrew Loh The following article was first published on Fresh Grads. When the authorities started to introduce air-conditioned public buses in the late 1980s and early 1990s, there were complaints from some among the commuting public that this would result in fares increases. Some two decades or so later, it is safe to say all of us are thankful …

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Plan for 10 million population: former HDB chief

In remarks which will surely raise howls of protest from the public, the former chief executive officer of the Housing and Development Board (HDB) has suggested that Singapore plan for a population of 10 million, instead of the 6.9 million mentioned in the population White Paper released in 2013. Mr Liu Thai Ker, who was HDB CEO from 1969 to …

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Singapore sovereign wealth funds – Part 1: The transparency problem

By Benedict Chong “A disastrous intellectual package-deal, put over us by the theoreticians of statism, is the equation of economic power with political power.” – Ayn Rand Sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) have sparked much global interest and scrutiny in the wake of the 2007 Great Financial Crisis. Several such institutions had bought huge stakes in teetering financial institutions, injecting life-saving …

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Sexuality education in schools can be improved

By Eden Chua I applaud MOE’s sexuality education programme for covering a wide variety of themes such as “Human Development, Interpersonal Relationships, Sexual Health, Sexual Behaviour, Culture, Society and Law” to educate youths in Singapore. However, can MOE’s sexuality education programme be improved further on the issue of homosexuality? According to the MOE website: “homosexuality is covered in one lesson …

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