Monthly Archives: November 2011

Month: November 2011 Educating the Grassroots

I am disappointed that Mr Khaw Boon Wan, the Chairman of the PAP, had brought up this incident involving a fight between a PAP member and another person to illustrate whatever he was trying to say.

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Month: November 2011 Dr Ang Swee Chai’s eulogy for her husband Francis Khoo

(Reproduced with kind permission from Dr Ang Swee Chai.) It must be so bizarre that the one person who loves you beyond words and whom you also love the most in this world goes on to make you a widow – and without polite notice! So it is the case with my beloved. As I stepped off the plane, I

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Month: November 2011 East Asian stability at risk if US trashes its defence budget

Written by Ng E-Jay 24 November 2011 Yesterday, it was reported that the United States is inching towards deep and unprecedented cuts to its defence budget after the “Supercommittee of 12“, comprising both Republic and Democrat legislators, failed to arrive at a mutually agreeable solution to the nation’s worsening deficits. If this political stalemate is not resolved, automatic spending cuts

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Month: November 2011 What any Confucian-styled ruler should know

The question we need to ask is: why are many elderly still working, cleaning toilets and dining tables to sustain themselves? Why are they picking cardboard boxes and rummaging through dustbins for things to sell? Why are most of the homeless, elderly people?

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Month: November 2011 An entire nation held hostage by the property market

The PAP’s policy of property price appreciation started when Mr Goh Chok Tong became Singapore’s Prime Minister at the start of the 1990s. Since then, the PAP government has mandated that Singaporeans must be invested in the country via property ownership.

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Month: November 2011 A future prediction regarding Japan and the Pacific region

Written by Ng E-Jay 07 November 2011 Some readers have asked that I clarify a remark made about Japan in a previous article, “Japan versus Singapore: Why our economic direction is unsustainable“, in which I stated that Japan will eventually rebound economically, but will still be faced with an acute labour shortage, and it will eventually abandon its current pacifist

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Month: November 2011 What is Happiness?

The happiness of a people is not increased or reduced by comparing it to another country. It does not make an unhappy person happy by just asking him to look at a person who is worse off. Each country and its people have their own unique circumstances. The government should find out what makes a citizen unhappy and try to find a solution to it.

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