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Politics

The Case for Higher Salaries for Government Ministers

EXTRACT OF SPEECH BY MR LEE KUAN YEW, THEN SENIOR MINISTER, TO THE NATIONAL TRADE UNION CONGRESS AT THE SINGAPORE CONFERENCE HALL ON 19 JULY 1996. Ministers who deal with billions of dollars cannot be paid low salaries without risking a system malfunction. Low salaries will not attract able men who are or can be successful in their professions or …

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Government sets rules of engagement in face of new media

From Channelnewsasia SINGAPORE: The government will continue to set political agendas and rules of engagement in the face of the new media, and will not be dictated by online petitions or polls. And while it will try to balance the diverse interests of the society when it comes to issues of sex, nudity and violence online, it said it would …

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Proud to be Singaporean?

From New Sintercom The government has been attracting foreign workers, especially the highly skilled ones, to work and settle in Singapore. It has also urged Singaporeans to accept these foreigners as one of them. The given reasons being needs these workers to keep the economy growing and to stay competitive in a globalized world. Very valid reasons but the government …

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Web censorship spreading globally

By Richard Waters in San Francisco Internet censorship is spreading rapidly, being practised by about two dozen countries and applied to a far wider range of online information and applications, according to research by a transatlantic group of academics. The warning comes a week after a Turkish court ordered the blocking of YouTube to silence offensive comments about Mustafa Kemal …

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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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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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The heart of society

I’ve been hearing this question lately. From my mom, my friends, colleagues and even strangers whom I happen to meet. “What exactly are we striving for, working so hard for?” “Everything that we do or earn is just to pay our bills”, my mom said. “This is life”, replied my friend, “you want to afford the things in your life …

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Review – The politics of Singapore’s new media in 2006

by Gerald Giam The year 2006 was a landmark year for the new media and citizen journalism in Singapore. The government’s “light touch” approach to regulating the Internet was probably one of the factors that emboldened many Singaporeans to step up and push the political boundaries through their blogs, podcasts (online sound clips) and vodcasts (online video clips). There were …

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