Articles: Perspective

Singapore’s high dependence on foreign labor begs an alternative model of growth

11 November 2014

In a televised speech on the eve of Singapore’s National Day in 2013, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said “We face difficult choices: We need foreign workers to serve our economy and Singaporeans’ needs, and immigrants to make up for our shortfall of babies.”

Singapore needs to take responsibility and lead the region in 'green' effort

13 October 2014

We must spread the word and educate our communities about the dangers of environmental degradation. The challenge is to communicate the importance of immediate action to members of society, since it is only with a concerted, cooperative effort that we have a chance of making a difference.

Needed: A different kind of leadership

23 July 2014

Chee Siok Chin

Singapore's Government leaders would do well to lift a page from Hillary Clinton's leadership style. Our ministers continue to wield autocratic governance: A top-down approach by the PAP serves only to perpetuate its own power. To be an effective and affective government, however, its ministers and MPs need to listen to the people's aspirations and needs.
 

The real lesson from Kiev

07 July 2014

But Mr Lee misses the bigger lesson. The Euromaidan was a stark reminder of what can go wrong when a government has too much power and uses that power against its own people in order to advance its own interests.

The Singapore or US education system?

18 June 2014

It would seem that the American education system could learn a few things from the Singapore model - and it very well could. However, if the education system in the US is so awful, then why do thousands of students dream of the chance of studying in America? This speaks to something greater at work, and something the Singapore education system could take advantage of.

Development without democracy: Singapore and China

07 June 2014

But, as in all cases where economic growth, or more specifically foreign investments, are not accompanied by transparent and accountable government which democracy demands, autocracies become adept at hoarding and manipulating economic data to present almost anything they want to present.