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Singapore accused of land grab as islands disappear by boatload

Excerpts from The Times Indonesia has banned the export of sand and imposed strict controls on shipments of gravel, after fears that its islands were being loaded on to ships and carried away to Singapore. In its thirst for building materials and landfill to reclaim new territory from the sea, Indonesians allege, Singapore has been stealing the land beneath their …

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Why Singapore is Superior Despite So Many Faults

From Strategy Page An article recently appeared in a professional journal (Armed Forces & Society), in which the author simultaneously praised Singapore for having the most effective, man-for-man, armed forces in Asia, and criticized some of the policies used to make it so. This caused a lot of angst in Singapore, but also highlighted how this tiny country became the …

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FT REPORT – AGE AND POPULATION: Singapore system starts to creak

By John Burton in Singapore, Financial Times Singapore would appear well-prepared to tackle the problems of an ageing population. Along with Japan and Malaysia, it is one of the few Asian countries that can claim near-universal coverage for its pension scheme. Its medical facilities are excellent and housing for the elderly is available. But doubts are emerging about whether Singapore …

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Singapore’s many weaknesses

By Eddie Choo Our global orientation and openness is our great strength but our greatest weaknesses as well. Despite the administration’s many attempts in minimising the weaknesses, it is inevitable that Singapore will still suffer from any global slowdown in the economy. We are connected to the global economy, and because we are export-oriented, our economic growth is subject to …

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Global warming – going beyond stickers for refrigerators

The world has finally woken up to the reality of climate change. It is heartening to know that many now recognize and accept that this is real and has immense consequences not just for our environment but ultimately for the very existence of humankind itself. Governments of the United States, China, India, Europe, South America, Asia have all spoken about …

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LSIRC Discussion Forum 2007

By Remy Choo LSIRC DISCUSSION FORUM 2007 “OUR DEMOCRATIC PROCESSES: AN INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE” 10 MARCH 2007 (SATURDAY) VENUE: NUS FACULTY OF LAW, S-R 2-2 11 AM - 1 PM LSIRC (Law Students’ International Relations Committee) cordially invites you to take part in our Discussion Forum, “Our Democratic Processes: An International Perspective”. This will be a great opportunity to discuss and …

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A closer look at Budget 2007

By Edmund The budget statement debate concluded last Thursday. This article ponders over some issues raised as well as those which were not. How is the government financing the budget deficit? In my previous article I mentioned that given the constitutional bar against the current government dipping into the surpluses built up by previous government, the new government would be …

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The changing face of Singapore – integrating our people

According to the Department of Statistics (Ministry of Trade & Industry) Singapore’s total population in 2006 stands at 4,483,900. Resident population (S’pore citizens & S’pore PRs) is 3.6 million. The ethnic composition is: Chinese = 2,713,200 (75%) Malays = 490,500 (14%) Indians = 319,100 (9%) In the same report, the resident population grew by 1.8% annually – on average. Non-residents’ …

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The language of our forefathers – are we missing something?

By Zyberzitizen It’s been decades since we were urged to “Speak Mandarin” by the government, instead of speaking our dialects. I’ve never agreed with this policy. This is because I find our dialects fascinating and beautiful. But more than that, my dialect reflect my ‘origin’. It’s a bridge to where my parents and my grandparents came from. Teochew has a …

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MP Ho Geok Choo & the “Politics of Envy” Revisited

By Singapore Kopi Tok Peering at the storm around Singapore recently, is it all about envy? MP Ho Geok Choo's question in Parliament on 12.2.2007 about the "Politics of Envy" attracted reactions both domestically and in the region. From the transcript, it appears that even Speaker of Parliament had trouble comprehending her question. Ho has since clarified that she was …

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