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Daily Archives: 2018-06-17

Building a relationship of trust and friendship

by Tan Kin Lian Straits Times Editor-At-Large, Han Fook Kwong wrote an article in the Sunday Times: "Time for Singapore and Malaysia to discard old stereotypes". He wrote, "KL's moves since May 9 polls raise hopes that the country will become a more just soceity based on rules of law. In the long term, a Malaysia that is doing well, is stable and democratic and …

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Are the people themselves ready to vote in an Opposition?

by Willy Sum I refer to Ms Jaffar's Facebook post reproduced on your site a couple days ago, "Is our opposition ready for 2020? I doubt so!". Before we criticise the various Opposition parties, my assertion to Ms Jaffar's observation is: "Are the people themselves ready to vote in an Opposition?" Elections after elections, screwing after screwing, the electorate here do not …

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You’ve heard of “fake news”, what about “fake awards”?

by Augustine Low When the Keppel Group is held as a standard bearer for corporate governance and SMRT for customer experience, you have to scratch your head and wonder what on earth is happening. Yes, Keppel Group has won one accolade after another for outstanding corporate governance and board management, while SMRT is recognised for excellence in customer experience, PR …

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Deep systemic problem on labour and industry

by Tay Kheng Soon One cannot understand ground sentiments without understanding how problems are the result of its systemic origins. The 'problem' here is that Singapore economy is based entirely on big corporations' interests and needs. The ideology of the state is to give priority to the corporate sector which includes its own government-linked companies. SMEs and PMETs are not important …

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Do the Police Ads portray the right image?

A lot of what's happened in the world lately has made me examine the concept of "unconscious bias" more deeply and I realise that this is a phenomenon that permeates almost every part of our lives. While some may consider subconscious judgments unavoidable, I do think that being aware that we could hold prejudices and misconceptions could help alleviate the …

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MSF’s response only heightens the notion that “CPF not our money”

It was reported earlier that the Ministry of Social & Family Development (MSF) rejected a public assistance application from a 59-year-old senior, who is both visually handicapped and has kidney failure. The reason given was that MSF noted that the person is currently receiving monthly payout from his CPF account. "As you have a source of income, we are unable …

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Needy are being penalised for help from well meaning public

In many instances, Singapore is a land governed by contradictions. While it cites "Asian values" as a some kind of moral high ground of superiority, it uses the same self-righteous "Asian values" to beat down the vulnerable within our society. This dubious term "Asian values" has been used as a defense against all kinds of discriminatory treatment ranging from unequal …

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