Opinion

Statistics on the Population White Paper debate?

By Leong Sze Hian I refer to the article “Care for lower-income in times of slowdown: Chan Chun Sing” (Channel NewsAsia, Feb 8). Slow-down in foreign labour? It states that “the White Paper has proposed to slow down the intake of foreign labour and new citizens, not just bringing in fewer immigrants each year, but allowing more time for adjustment.” Since …

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Remembering Ong Teng Cheong, the people's president of Singapore

By Terry Xu “My loyalty is first and foremost, to the people of Singapore. It has always been so, and will always remain so.” – Ong Teng Cheong (1936 – 2002) I remember how I cried as I saw Madam Ling Siew May cry in live telecast.  Mr Ong Teng Cheong was playing on the piano in the President Charity …

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Population growth: Losing the debate with an unsubstantiated case

By Gordon Lee   Recent days have seen much scaremongering by politicians, businesses and the mainstream media about perils of calling bluff on the Government’s Population White Paper. But with the best of efforts to assuage the growing sense of apprehension over the targeted 30% increase (unless the Government has completely no control over the population, population projections equates population …

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Open letter to PM Lee on white paper debate

By Philip Ang   Dear PM Lee I refer to the Population White Paper debate in Parliament. MPs have provided feedback that Singaporeans are upset with the White Paper on population issues. Although Minister Khaw is aware that flawed immigration policies have “been painful for Singaporeans”, the government still wants to proceed with similar policies. The antidote for pain is …

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Open letter to DPM Teo Chee Hean on White Paper

From Philip Ang Dear DPM Teo I refer to the White Paper on population issues. I am surprised that the White Paper on population “is for Singaporeans’ benefit”. I have yet to identify any proposals that will improve my life as well as my children’s. The current plan for population increase appears to have been hatched years ago, very likely …

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MPs who didn’t utter a word in Parliament?

By Leong Sze Hian Former Minister never speak? I searched the Parliamentary records http://www.parliament.gov.sg/publications-singapore-parliament-reports for “Mah Bow Tan” for the Parliamentary sittings of the 12th Parliament, since the last general elections in 2011, and could not find anything that was said by him. So, does this mean that he did not say anything in Parliament over the last one and a …

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Lowest income had highest inflation & lowest pay rise?

By Leong Sze Hian I refer to the article “Singapore’s inflation up 4.1% on-year in H2” (Channel NewsAsia, Feb 5). Lowest income had highest inflation? It states that “the CPI (for all items) for the lowest 20 per cent, middle 60 per cent and highest 20 per cent income groups increased by 4.8 per cent, 4.2 per cent and 3.8 per …

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Increase ROPC Rebate To Ease Traffic

Written by: Benjamin Bala   The Off-Peak Car (OPC) scheme was implemented in 1994 to replace the Weekend Car Scheme, which itself was implemented in 1991. Under the OPC, car buyers are given a range of incentives. Chief among which – besides the reduced registration fees and tax rebates – was the upfront cash rebate of S$17,000. In the 19 …

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Behaviour of Bonobos and Chimps Tell Us A Lesson on Over-Crowding

By Edmund LimI refer to “6.9 million population is a projection: S Iswaran” http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/69-million-population-projection-s-iswaran Even though it is just a projection, we must be vigilant against the false notion that having more youths will help bolster the ageing population. The responses so far have been on data and projection figures. Many economists have argued that more working adults are needed to …

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Open letter to Minister Lim Swee Say

By Philip Ang Dear Minister Lim Swee Say I refer to ST article dated 1 Feb, “White Paper all about ‘planning ahead”. Minister Lim was quoted as saying “Just imagine if 10 years ago, we had a Singapore Conversation to talk about one day 10 years from then… population may reach 5.4 million, then start to put in place infrastructure, …

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