Month: June 2009

Standing up for the people on bended knees

Written by Ng E-Jay 23 June 2009 In his no-holes-barred masterpiece Requiem for an unbending Singaporean, former President C.V. Devan Nair recounted how, after J.B. Jeyaretnam had won the 1981 Anson by-election, the then Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew said that he would make him “crawl on his bended knees, and beg for mercy“. But […]

A nation of foreigners in 11 years

Ng E-Jay / Current Affairs Desk, The Online Citizen 22 June 2009 THE NATIONAL Population Secretariat announced on Wednesday that Singapore’s total population grew to 4.84 million in 2008, with the proportion of foreigners increasing to 25 percent. Noting the challenges faced by families during the current downturn, the Secretariat reiterated the need to encourage […]

Birth rate continues its downward trend, a fresh look at our population problem is needed

These twin trends of low fertility and an ageing population were updates provided on Wednesday by the Government’s National Population Secretariat, which explained the need to continue working on long-term strategies to boost the population, including getting more Singaporeans to marry and procreate, and attracting foreigners here and helping them integrate into the society.

PM Lee displayed false humility

The Online Citizen 11 June 2009 Ng E-Jay and Leong Sze Hian / Current Affairs Desk Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s uncharacteristic comments about flying economy class as a way of leading by example cannot be taken seriously. The only way for him and his senior ministers to gain greater respect would be to lower […]

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