President Halimah Yacob underlines importance of appreciating diversity and upholding social cohesion in three-day conference

The importance of “engaging meaningfully” with and upholding social cohesion among members of a diverse Singapore society were the key messages conveyed by the President of Singapore Halimah Yacob throughout a three-day conference, which began on Wed (19 Jun). Speaking to reporters on the second day of the inaugural International Conference on Cohesive Societies yesterday (20 Jun), she said that …

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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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Former NS man raises question toward SAF pledge

by Simon Lim I express my opinions as a Singapore citizen. I have served my full-time National Service almost 40 years ago and yesterday when I chanced upon the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) pledge on-line again, it drawn on me a very different meaning and feeling, one that I have not given serious thought to over the decades. Let me …

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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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