Category Archives: Government Policy

Why nationalising SBS & SMRT would not have avoided the $1b bus subsidy

The government’s $1.1b bus subsidy to our public transport operators has been criticised as a sign that our public transport privatisation policy has failed. This post will explain why the subsidy is not a sign that privatisation has failed, as … Continue reading

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Why the Ethnic Integration Policy is (mostly) a good idea

This is a rebuttal to Publichouse’s post “An affirmation of the ethnic enclave“, where writer Elaine Ee criticised HDB’s Ethnic Integration Policy (EIP) as a racist policy. Elaine thinks the EIP assumes: “negative traits of people based solely on their … Continue reading

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Can Singaporeans help reduce foreign worker populations?

Andrew Loh said that it is “unacceptable nearly 40% of population is made up of foreigners“. You can verify this from SingStat. In 2011, Singapore’s population was 5.2 million. 3.3 million were citizens, or about 63%.¬†Foreigners made up 1.4m and … Continue reading

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Rising costs = less kids, but some costs are self-inflicted by Singaporeans

Every time the government talks about having more kids, it is guaranteed that there will be a multitude of voices blaming high costs as the reason for our low birth rate. ¬†This will then be followed by calls for more … Continue reading

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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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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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