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Monthly Archives: June 2017

Cost of wedding banquets soaring in Singapore

by ValuePenguin.sg If you are planning to get married soon, there’s an uncomfortable fact that you need to be aware of: the cost of wedding in Singapore is rising extremely quickly. What’s even more interesting is that this is occurring amidst trouble in the overall food and beverage sector in the country and the economy is expected to be “sluggish” in the months ahead. …

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Going beyond symbols, honoring Lee Kuan Yew

by Benedict Wu The Straits Times recently published an article by Harvard Belfer Center Fellow Derwin Pereira on June 24th entitled “Symbol of the Singapore story”. In the piece, Mr Pereira compared the 38 Oxley Road house to that of the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Hall and Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall. He suggests that these buildings serve important historical significance, …

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Servant Leadership? The answer to the world’s leadership issues?

by Lt Commander (Ret) John Moi, RMN Servant Leadership is simply applying leadership principles by serving others before self. It is a philosophy and practice of leadership that achieves results for their organizations by giving priority attention to the needs of their counterparts and those they serve. In another simple interpretation, servant-leaders are said to be serving stewards of their organization’s …

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38 Oxley Rd: Why now, not later?

I refer to the articles “Indranee asks Lee Hsien Yang: Why the urgency to demolish Oxley Road house?” and “The possible options for 38, Oxley Road” (Straits Times, Jun 27). The latter states that “1. WHAT FINANCIAL INTEREST DOES LEE HSIEN LOONG HAVE IN 38, OXLEY ROAD? None. In the will, Mr Lee Kuan Yew gave 38, Oxley Road, to Mr …

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4 traits of millennial homebuyers and how they impact properties

by Property Soul Still remember my previous blog post “3 disruptive trends that will forever change the property industry”? There is a fourth trend on millennial homebuyers. Millennials (not the yellow color “minions” in the Despicable Me movie) are also known as Generation Y. They are referred to those who are born between 1982 and 2004 (or between 13 to 35 years …

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Personal consumption expenditure: S’pore 36%, Hong Kong 66% of GDP?

I refer to the article “Singapore is falling behind Hong Kong, just do the math” (South China Morning Post, Jun 26). It states that “You divide the Singapore GDP figure by 3.4 million official Singapore citizens, ignoring the other 2.4 million inhabitants who are not thus deified, leave alone the uncounted labourers who come across the causeway from Johor every …

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NGO urges Malaysian govt to lift travel ban imposed on Han Hui Hui

by SUARAM/Forum-Asia The Malaysian government must immediately lift the travel ban imposed on Singaporean activist Han Hui Hui, FIDH and its member organisation Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) urged on 23 June. FIDH and SUARAM condemn the Malaysian authorities’ decision to deport Ms. Han back to Singapore and prevent her from participating in a human rights workshop in Kuala Lumpur. “Malaysian authorities …

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