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The Online Citizen

S’pore and Malaysia should aim for maximum engagement

By Gerald Giam Tuesday, 5 December, 2006 Former Transparency International Malaysia chief Tunku Abdul Aziz’s commentary, “Singapore is simply a neighbour too far” in Malaysia’s New Straits Times (18 October 2006) makes me feel both sad and a tad bit annoyed. Sad, because of his call for Malaysia to adopt a “policy of minimum engagement” with Singapore, which he accuses …

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How much bonus/raise does a civil servant need?

By Ney Reed Wednesday, 6 December, 2006 In my latest pilgrimage to my foot reflexologist to nurse my back sore from sitting too long in my less than ergonomically designed civil servant seat, my foot reflexologist passed a sarcastic remark. “2.2 months bonus… lotsa money” he remarked. I am sure almost every private sector employee shares the same cynical sentiments. …

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NCMP Sylvia Lim : Population, Immigration and Rooting Singaporeans

Sylvia Lim   Tuesday, 28 November, 2006 I rise in support of the motion by Mdm Halimah Yacob to thank the President for his address. The President touched on several themes and I would like to focus on 3 of these – population, immigration and rooting Singaporeans here. Singapore population The government’s history of dealing with population has been rather …

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A dash of tolerance and a big helping of smart power

By Catherine Lim Thursday, 7 December, 2006 The first C is Control WHAT was true of the past 40 years of PAP rule is true of the present, and impossible to rule out for the future. A tight control, both of the political opposition parties and of members of the public who choose to criticise the government in the media, …

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Being myself..

  By Marilyn Lai Monday, 4 December, 2006 I need to write this down tonight before i lose the nerve to. I thought i knew myself very well, but i didn’t. I thought i’ve always loved myself, but strip away everything that i’ve tried to achieve, the mask i wear, the ‘talents’ i possess, the friendships that build me up…and …

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Dismantling the bloggers vs journalists debate

By Mykel Yee “[If] you read something in the Straits Times or on CNA, you must know that it’s real, it’s quite different from reading this say on Talkingcock.com.” Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, (National Day Rally Speech, 20 August 2006). “Where blogging falls down is in its very origin from amateurs. As I have said elsewhere, because bloggers are …

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The Rise Of The Political Internet

By leounheort   Friday, 24 November, 2006The internet is one of the last bastions of true freedom: despite any country’s best efforts to censor or “regulate” it, no one governmentindeed, a multitude of governments with corporate supportcan attempt to bend the internet to its will. All it can hope for is subversion of local service providers, and perhaps censorship of …

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Why do teachers stop wanting to be teachers?

By Choenix If I were as highly acclaimed as Steven Levitt, I’ll ask for the statistics of the number of teachers who have left the profession and check if the increased monetary incentives over the years have slowed down the attrition rates among teachers. If increasing monetary incentives to the teachers cannot slow down attrition rates, perhaps money is not …

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Globalization and its impact on Singapore family values

By Ney Reed Organic – adj; Relating to natural way a system works; living nature of living things; not synthetic; constitutional in the structure/make up of something; of which source are alive; of which outcomes are alive; unadulterated; natural disposition. Culture – noun; Comes from from the Latin word colo, -ere, with its root meaning “to cultivate”. Relating to “the …

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Foreign labour policy & income disparity in Singapore

By Edmund There has been a disconnect between the profits of businesses and the wages of ordinary Singaporeans in recent years. While corporate profits have increased, the wages of Singaporean workers, except for those at the higher end, have barely budged in real terms. In addition, income disparity in Singapore has increased. The lowest 20% of income earners or 300,000 …

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