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Leadership and Elite

By Dr Yuen Chung Kwong "I am their leader, I have to follow them!" - Alexandre Auguste Ledru-Rollin (French revolutionary leader) The above sentence might strike some as being very strange: arent leaders supposed to "lead"? Actually, people choose a leader with the expectation of getting something from him/her, maybe material benefits arising from a movement's success, maybe just inspiring …

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Social Control with Leninism, Confucianism and Legalism

By Dr Yuen Chung Kwong - Few people would profess to be communists today. As everyone knows, communism brutalized and impoverished nations; perhaps even more importantly as no one likes to fail, it failed. Yet, we would do well to remember that the idea once attracted some of the best and the brightest, both in the East and the West. …

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Social Control with Leninism, Confucianism and Legalism

By Dr Yuen Chung Kwong Few people would profess to be communists today. As everyone knows, communism brutalized and impoverished nations; perhaps even more importantly as no one likes to fail, it failed. Yet, we would do well to remember that the idea once attracted some of the best and the brightest, both in the East and the West. For …

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Self Reliance and Social Welfare

By Dr Yuen Chung Kwong Singapore's official social philosophy has always placed emphasis on self reliance, fearing that that welfare provisions might encourage undesirable patterns of behavior, e.g., unemployment benefit might reduce motivation to work; child endowment might encourage illegitimate births - as well as fostering a sense of entitlement among the population. The CPF (see http://sbr.com.sg/economy/commentary/what-you-need-know-about-singapores-compulsory-saving-scheme,  http://sbr.com.sg/economy/commentary/what-you-need-know-about-singapores-annuity-scheme for my discussion) …

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Political Singlish – OB Markers and Civic Society

By Dr Yuen Chung Kwong - One of the very unique terms of Singapore's political lexicon is "OB Markers" - OB being short for "Out of Bound". While the meaning of this is very clear in Singapore, what would a foreign reader make of it? Is this about golf or soccer? Is it related to Outward Bound (an organization to …

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Political Singlish – OB Markers and Civic Society

Dr Yuen Chung Kwong   One of the very unique terms of Singapore's political lexicon is "OB Markers" - OB being short for "Out of Bound". While the meaning of this is very clear in Singapore, what would a foreign reader make of it? Is this about golf or soccer? Is it related to Outward Bound (an organization to promote …

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The Origin of Nepotism

By Dr Yuen Chung Kwong -     The above painting by Raphael shows Pope Leo X (from Florence's Medici family) with his cardinal nephews. The word "nepotism" comes from the Latin word "nepos" for nephew. In the middle ages, "nephews" were often the bastard sons of bishops and popes who were officially required to be celibate so could not …

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Nepotism is a sensitive word in Singapore

By Dr Yuen Chung Kwong The above painting by Raphael shows Pope Leo X (from Florence's Medici family) with his cardinal nephews The word "nepotism" comes from the Latin word "nepos" for nephew. In the middle ages, "nephews" were often the bastard sons of bishops and popes who were officially required to be celibate so could not publicly acknowledge their own children. These …

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About Singapore Press Holdings

By Yuen Chung Kwong - Singapore Press Holdings and Mediacorp are the two major news organizations in Singapore. Mediacorp is a government owned corporation, while SPH is a listed company whose share holdings are widely distributed (a legal requirement forbidding any single shareholding being above a specified limit), but with a special provision for the government to appoint its senior …

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Singapore Press Holdings

Dr Yuen Chung Kwong Singapore Press Holdings and Mediacorp are the two major news organizations in Singapore. Mediacorp is a government owned corporation, while SPH is a listed company whose share holdings are widely distributed (a legal requirement forbidding any single shareholding being above a specified limit), but with a special provision for the government to appoint its senior executives, who in …

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