Monthly Archives: August 2017

Reflections on life as a Malay/Muslim in a Chinese pond

by Ismail Kassim This is the theme of a little book by four Singaporeans – two Malay and two Arab. Though self-published and amateurish in look, it is still a welcome addition to the scarce literature on life as a minority from the point of view of ordinary citizens. The most interesting and substantive reflection is by Jailani Rohani, a …

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Better and more flexible annuities needed for retirement

by Chris Kuan A few friends who did not work in the financial industry and are in their late 40s or early 50s asked me about retirement income proposition. I had advised with the caveat that I am not a financial planner and through gritted teeth that they should start putting monies into deferred annuities. The way these work is …

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Be the change you wish to see

by Khan Osman Sulaiman 1. We were promised Swiss standard of living. Instead we got the most expensive city to live in. 2. We were promised equality, instead we thrive in elitism. 3. We were told that our nation is built on meritocracy, instead we are ranked 5th in Crony Capitalism Index. 4. We pledged to build a democratic society …

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Top 9 Myths About Travel Insurance

by Value Penguin, Mary Leah Milnes Travel insurance may not be as cut-and-dry as you might think. Keep reading to see if you’ve fallen prey to the top 9 common myths and misconceptions about travel insurance. 1. Travel insurance is unnecessary You might think that travel insurance is nothing more than another clever scheme cooked up to part you from your …

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Three million smokers around the world switch to IQOS, Philip Morris’ first commercialized heated tobacco product

Philip Morris Singapore Pte Ltd, an affiliate of Philip Morris International (PMI) has just announced that approximately three million smokers have already switched to IQOS, its first heated tobacco product to be successfully commercialized, making a new step forward in the company’s ambition that all smokers switch to scientifically substantiated smoke-free products as soon as possible. The company noted that …

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Let’s talk experience, economics and productivity: Chee’s response

by Chee Soon Juan I THANK SIM Ying for the thoughtful comments in The Online Citizen article which, unfortunately, did not have a byline. Allow me first to predicate my response on the, by now, obvious observation that the broad direction of a country’s economy is made by leaders who seldom come readily equipped with vast, if any, experience of having, …

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Dear PM Lee, what will your legacy be?

By Patrick Low Dear PM Lee, Very soon you will be stepping down as Singapore’s third Prime Minister. Let me ask you “what kind of legacy would you like to bequeath to our country?” National Unity I am sure is uppermost in your mind. But have you done enough on this score? If not what else can you do before …

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Hard times for Singapore

By Lawrence Seow When I was younger, there were problems just like today. The big difference is I always had hope and believed someone out there had the solution. More than half a century has passed and I do not believe this anymore. Today I’ve come to realize our problems are so massive that no man, no leader, no company, …

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