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The Online Citizen

When kindness isn’t contagious

by James Leong According to the folks at Singapore Kindness Movement (SKM), one in four young people hold back from showing kindness in public because they are afraid of being embarrassed. Looking stupid or being mocked on social media was cited as deterrents to lending a hand by respondents aged 15 to 24. I can see how netizens were quick to pounce on these 15 …

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Khush Chopra: Democracy always wins

by Khush Chopra While observers of the state of democracy agree that democracy has been in relative decline in recent years, it is my view that democracy always eventually leads to better governance, stability and prosperity. The campaign slogan of the opposition mayoral challenger who won in a race for control of Turkey’s biggest and most important city Istanbul was: …

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Questioning government’s policies

by Teo Soh Lung I find it sad that people should ask me for a solution when I criticise the policies of our government. I am told to shut up when I don’t have any idea (that’s what they presume) of how our government can rectify its bad policies. Such behaviour to me is confirmation that we have disempowered people …

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Who is being educated for the future economy?

by Brad Bowyer The World Economic Forum Global Jobs Report 2018 opens with the following statement in its key findings: “As technological breakthroughs rapidly shift the frontier between the work tasks performed by humans and those performed by machines and algorithms, global labour markets are undergoing major transformations. These transformations, if managed wisely, could lead to a new age of …

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Vietnam Prime Minister criticises PM Lee’s comments on Vietnam’s “invasion” of Cambodia at 34th ASEAN Summit

Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc criticised Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong for his comments on Vietnam’s march into Phnom Penh, Cambodia in January 1979 which uprooted the ruthless Khmer Rouge regime. Mr Phuc was reported to have said that PM Lee’s claim was incorrect and had offended both Vietnam and Cambodia. He also was quoted saying that history …

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Brad Bowyer: If PAP aims to run Singapore with people in mind, it is way off target!

by Brad Bowyer I feel all political systems are a balance between Socialist and Capitalist ideals on the one axis and Democratic and Autocratic management methods on the other. For example, Communism is an extreme autocratic socialist model and most Western systems sit somewhere on the democratic side of the graph swinging between more socialist or capitalist ideals depending variously …

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Singaporean millennials are divorcing less, but why?

by ValueChampion Sometimes, millennials get a bad rep in the media for all kinds of things. But, it seems like they have been driving divorce rates lower in Singapore for the past decade. Find out more on what might be causing this trend! Since 1980, the divorce rate in Singapore has roughly doubled from 3.8 per 1,000 married resident males (or …

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Where is the magic moving escalator in Singapore?

by Khush Chopra “Society needs a moving escalator where everyone is moving up, and policymakers must bear this in mind in the basic design of economic and social policies, said Senior Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam in London yesterday. Speaking at British think-tank Institute for Government’s 10th anniversary conference, he stressed the need to be concerned about inequality and social mobility, with …

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