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JOBS, JOBS, AND FOREIGNERS

JOBS, JOBS, AND FOREIGNERS

I do not usually post about my business as I like to keep my socio-political commentary separate. Jobs are at stake, and some parties are proposing populist solutions. I would thus like to share my story. I am the co-Chairman of an educational technology company in China which I led to an IPO on the…

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SUPERMAJORITY

SUPERMAJORITY

I am seeing a certain group of voters talking non-stop about taking down PAP’s supermajority. This is also the rallying call of some political parties, including the Worker’s Party. Quite a few of their new candidates are Western-educated. Their point is that the PAP’s supermajority has to be taken away so they cannot change the…

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The State Of The Opposition

The State Of The Opposition

I want to state upfront that I am for a good opposition. I don’t think anyone intellectually rigorous can argue against that. In the past, some quarters of the PAP have insinuated that only a one-party system can work; this is patently illogical. A one-party system works if that party is good; if that party…

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The Best Form of Government Is the One That Works

The Best Form of Government Is the One That Works

The People’s Action Party (PAP) has often said that it believes multi-party democracy would be bad for Singapore. This is an untenable position. In the past 150 years, several societies, primarily in the West, have flourished and developed under systems of multi-party democracy. To argue categorically that Singaporeans should not vote in an alternative party…

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“Keeping Calm Since August 10th 1965”

“Keeping Calm Since August 10th 1965”

My fellow Singaporeans. In the next few weeks, it may look like the world is ending. And it might already feel so, with the world shutting down, countries closing their borders. This message is especially for the young ones. If there is one country that has been preparing for disaster, it has been Singapore. In…

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CECA and Other Free Trade Agreements – An Explanation

CECA and Other Free Trade Agreements – An Explanation

1. Singapore is extremely dependent on trade. In fact, we have the HIGHEST trade to GDP ratio in the entire world , at over 300%. Between 2008 and 2011, it even averaged 400%. 2. This makes Singapore extremely vulnerable to anti-trade measures, such as tariffs. Conversely, we also disproportionately benefit from free trade agreements. 3.…

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“Fake News Law” – Some Thoughts Before The Second Reading

“Fake News Law” – Some Thoughts Before The Second Reading

On Tuesday, the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation (POFMA) Bill goes to Parliament for Second Reading, a culmination of a month-long lively debate. Some observations before we enter the final stretch: ENGAGEMENT Ministers, and in particular Law Minister K Shanmugam, have gone out of their way to engage and respond to local critics. I…

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May Day Op-Ed: The PAP and The NTUC

May Day Op-Ed: The PAP and The NTUC

In his maiden speech as DPM, Mr Heng Swee Keat spoke about the close relationship between the PAP and the NTUC, and how this helped Singapore weather many storms in ‘the early years’. THE PAST The PAP and the NTUC were close because of a shared and fraught history. The PAP split in 1961 when…

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Op Ed : Fake News Laws in Singapore

Op Ed : Fake News Laws in Singapore

I have been wondering why there has been little traction with the objections towards the fake news laws. One criticism is that letting Ministers have the first say in take-down orders puts too much power in their hands. Apart from most Singaporeans being more interested in material values and bread and butter issues, one reason…

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