Opinion

An unhealthy preoccupation with race

By Ghui Singapore is a multiracial society with a melting pot of cultures. The four main races in Singapore: Chinese, Malay, Indian and Eurasian work with each other and live amongst each other. As a country, we celebrate, amongst others, Chinese New Year, Hari Raya Puasa, Deepavali and Christmas. In such a multicultural environment, one could reasonably expect that our …

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Human Rights, Education and Positive Reinforcement

Ghui / When it comes to human rights, Singapore is not the country that springs to mind. After all, Singapore has not acceded to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Internal Securities Act still remains in force. Perhaps the best way to determine the place of human rights in Singapore is to examine how human rights are defined. …

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Presidents Compared

Ghui / Singapore is not the only country with a ceremonial head of state. A number of countries throughout the world have the concept of an elected President with limited powers. Since our Presidential elections are coming up, it would be worthwhile to have a look at the remuneration of other Presidents. 1.   Austria Like President Nathan, the President …

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One Day Off a Week – Domestic Workers Share Their Views

A long-standing debate has been revived – with no resolution yet in sight. As employers of domestic workers continue to make their views felt on the issue of a weekly day off, Stephanie Chok asks some domestic workers for their responses. Ever since Madam Halimah Yacob, the Minister of State for Community Development, Youth and Sports, said Singapore should consider …

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The Straits Times article which appears unavailable online

by: Ravi Philemon/ I wrote the opinion piece, “The unbearable yoke of the cornerstone called family“, after pondering quite a bit on the story “Woman arrested over death of five-year-old boy“. I had read the print verson of the article in the newspaper available in my office. But by the time I reached home and tried looking up the article …

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The unbearable yoke of the cornerstone called family

by: Ravi Philemon/ In the State of the Family Report 2009, then-Minister for Community Development Youth and Sports, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan said, “In a fast changing environment, the family remains as an anchor for individuals and the cornerstone of society. Strong and stable families are crucial to our well-being. They serve as the first-line of care and support for an …

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What is the point of the President?

Ghui / Officially, the President of Singapore is Singapore’s head of state.  He opens each Parliamentary session with an official address, occupying a position much like Queen Elizabeth II in the United Kingdom. The monarchy has had a long and deep history in the United Kingdom and the royal family is seen as part of British culture and heritage. Thousands …

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Clinging to the Noose – Is Singapore getting left behind?

Kirsten Han / Out of all the countries in South-east Asia, only Malaysia and Singapore have the mandatory death penalty for drug offences. In Malaysia, the mandatory death penalty comes under the Dangerous Drugs Act, while in Singapore it comes under the Misuse of Drugs Act. Unlike the “regular” death penalty, the mandatory death penalty means that the judges do …

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HDB DBSS: 76%, 25% or 15%?

Leong Sze Hian / I was surprised to read the blog posting by Minister of National Development Mr Khaw Boon Wan, ‘Startling But False‘. Allow me to explain why. The blog posting states, “I was startled when I read the front page article in the Business Times “Profit margins for DBSS developers ‘look high’” (Jun 30). It alleged that the …

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