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Gangasudhan

How much could the CEO of Temasek Holdings be earning?

A recent conversation on Facebook got me interested on the topic of how much the CEO of Temasek Holdings might be earning. I realised that this information has not been made available to the public and the company has no legal obligation to do so. While we may never find out the real value of the CEO’s earnings, there is …

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Framing the concept of privilege – The Privilege Level

Privilege continues to be a sore point for many - even among those who do not dispute that groups of people enjoy unearned advantages purely due to the circumstances of their birth. We now understand that Privilege can come in many forms and is contextually situated across several generations, but we seem to be at an intellectual place where debate revolves around "who's …

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Reports of real wage increase that were based on opinion, not fact

by Gangasudhan This past week, reports have been splashed by the Straits Times and Channel NewsAsia lauding how real wage increase for 2018 will be 2.7%. One might be swayed into thinking that this is some official projection that might translate into an extra $100 or so per month for the average worker next year. However, this figure is presented …

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The real lessons from the ‘MMA Paedophile’ case

Much has been said about the sentencing of Joshua Robinson, who was found guilty of sex with a minor, filming an obscene act, possession of an obscene film, and displaying an obscene film to a young person. But the rhetoric has largely been punitive in that the perpetrator should have been given a harsher sentence that includes caning. Unfortunately, the …

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TOC’s FQS on Race Relations – Data Analysis Report

By Gangasudhan The issue of race relations in Singapore rearing its ugly head in recent weeks, starting with a CNA-IPS survey that suggested that racism in Singapore was not serious and now, constitutional changes to the Elected Presidency that would define qualification criteria along race lines. TOC thus decided to embark on its own investigation into race relations through the Five Question Survey (FQS) which aims …

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CNA-IPS Survey on Race Relations – Read Between the Lines

Many would argue that the mainstream media is fond of jumping to conclusions when it comes to interpreting surveys and it seems apparent again in the latest survey on the issue of race relations. Admittedly commissioned by Channel NewsAsia (CNA) itself, the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) which is a part of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy …

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Hazard lights instead of hazardous driving

Earlier this week, a video showcasing the Japanese driver etiquette of flashing the hazard lights after cutting into a lane was circulating on social media. The practice was described as a means for the driver to say thank you to the car behind which had allowed the space for the cutting in. On Monday, a video was shared on Facebook …

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Is FAS playing a dangerous game with World Sport Group?

By Gangasudhan The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) has a close working relationship with World Sport Group (WSG), notably by way of the current campaign to incorporate an ASEAN Super League (ASL), featuring the representative football teams from ASEAN countries. The ASL is being organised by the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) which is itself a subset of the Asian Football …

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Refer to PM2.5 readings, not PSI

While there has been much hullabaloo about the Pollution Standard Index (PSI) in this unfolding haze saga – what with its inexplicable fluctuations, mismatch between what is observed and the figure published on the National Environment Agency (NEA) website, and the stubborn decision to issue 3-hour PSI average figures instead of the hourly measurements upon which these averages are calculated …

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