Monthly Archives: June 2012

Serving NS does not entitle you to a job too

This is a follow-up from my earlier post (A pink IC does not give you the right to a job). One of the common retorts to my earlier post was that Singaporeans deserve job priority because they have to dedicate … Continue reading

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Sorry KJ, but Singaporeans don’t care about our IMF loan

Kenneth Jeyaratnam, leader of the Reform Party, has written a number of articles on Singapore’s loan to the IMF. In his latest post, he writes that the proper parliamentary and presidential approvals have not been sought before the $4b loan … Continue reading

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A pink IC does not give you the right to a job

“Being a Singaporean does not give you the right to a job. You still have to demonstrate that you deserve it.” If you think that this is stating the obvious, then you will be shocked to see how many people … Continue reading

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I doubt the Opposition will get rid of the ISA

The passing of Dr Lim Hock Siew has refreshed the debate about whether the Internal Security Act should be abolished. The majority of online articles and opposition parties strongly protest against the ISA. But as Singaporeans, have we ever asked … Continue reading

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SMEs in trouble (or what the PAP dare not tell you about productivity)

At the bottom of this post, I pasted an article in today’s Straits Times that talked about how SMEs are having trouble staying afloat because of tightening foreign worker quotas. The typical responses to such articles are: Brushed off as propaganda … Continue reading

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Reaction to PM’s speech: Can Singapore be competitive with slower growth and high taxes?

Our PM delivered a speech recently that laid bare the choice facing Singapore in the years ahead. Do we want to be: A pro-growth society with low taxes and targeted welfare? Or A low-growth society with high taxes and comprehensive … Continue reading

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Fixing the Public Transport Fare Formula (Part 1?)

Now that a new Fare Review Mechanism Committee (FRMC) has been created to fundamentally review the public transport fare adjustment formula, it’s a good time to write about how the formula could be fixed. I think that the Public Transport Council’s … Continue reading

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