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Opinion

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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Global City – Reviving the Singapore Spirit

By Eddie Choo The Integrated Resorts in Marina Bay and Sentosa, 7% GST, Baby Bonus, parades, charades, CPF adjustments, so on… The list isn’t exhaustive, and it grows with every year, as the government implements new measures ‘to adjust to the challenges of globalisation’ – or so we’re told. All of these sound like a desperate attempt by the government …

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Budget 2007 – Changes necessary in our fiscal policy

By Edmund PM Lee announced in November 2006 two significant fiscal policy changes in the first parliament session after the election in May. First, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) will be increased to 7%, up from the present 5%. The GST hike by two percentage points will raise at least $1.5 billion of tax revenue per year. Second, the …

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The poorest in our society

With the increasingly fast pace of life in Singapore, there perhaps is a tendency for us to forget those who are left behind, those who can’t run as fast as the rest of us – even if they want to. The government, to its credit, has set up various help schemes and even organizations (such as the CDCs) whose roles …

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Why we ought not to have a mandatory death penalty…

Excerpted from Kitana’s blog here. My father and B are both of the opinion tt I am sometimes too emotional for my own good. I feel sadness too easily. I’d only attended one judgment for a murder trial, and during tt trial the holding had been culpable homicide not amounting to murder, which was a rather joyous occasion. And the …

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NSP Departure from SDA– Study the Press reports

Excerpted from Singapore Alternatives. I would highly recommend a political commentary provided by Burning Republic State although I disagree with the author’s point of view that the SDA will face problems after the NSP’s (National Solidarity Party) departure. Although this blog has only a few articles, it has provided very insightful articles right from May 2006. The NSP’s press release is well …

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Time to get tough on job discrimination (Part One)

This is the first part of a special feature on employment discrimination in Singapore. By Koh Jie Kai Employment discrimination is with us. On December 29th, Today reported that Frontline Technologies had posted an advertisement with JobStreet.com, preferring non-Indians to apply for a job vacancy. The same report also highlighted a recent survey by staffing solutions firm Kelly Services. That …

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Income gap tears at Singapore social fabric

By Geert De Clercq SINGAPORE, Dec 18 (Reuters) – When Wee Shu Min, the teenage daughter of a Singapore member of parliament stumbled across the blog of a Singaporean who wrote that he was worried about losing his job, she thought she’d give him a piece of her mind. She called him “one of many wretched, undermotivated, overassuming leeches in …

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Self-regulation of Singapore Blogosphere- Whatever for??

By Dr Huang Shoou Chyuan Dear Friends, Although I have great admiration for people like Yadav, Bernard Leong, Aaron and Gerald, I must come out to confess that I am totally against the idea of self-regulation to our blogosphere. The blogosphere as we know it now, is the last bastion of truly free expression. What was there before there was …

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Ensure GST increase of 2% truly benefit the people

By Melvin Tan Wednesday, 13 December, 2006 The impending increase in Goods & Services Tax (GST) by 2%, announced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in Parliament on 13 November 2006, is not without my expectation. During the General Elections in April – May 2006 at an election rally speech in Ang Mo Kio GRC, I expressed that “I will …

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