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The Shift toward Deliberation

December 12, 2017

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by Theodore Lai Throughout much of Singapore’s history, the PAP government has prided itself on consistently attaining electoral support of the majority. In spite of this, the government continues to be plagued with accusations of authoritarianism. The situation invites us to ask the question: Does this electoral support reflect a form of political representation that […]

Why the Religious Should Not Mind Their Own Business

December 7, 2017

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by Peter Ooi Teik Aun LGBT rights activists in Singapore are speaking up, and religious groups are declaring their public opposition. But do the voices of the religious belong in the public sphere at all?   On the appointed day, a sea of Singaporeans dressed in pink will flood the lawn in Hong Lim Park […]

Why are Singaporeans not discontented despite a big wealth disparity? Communitarian democracy as a social glue in face of wealth inequality

December 7, 2017

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by Jerrick Wee “For indeed any city, however small, is in fact divided into two, one the city of the poor, the other of the rich.” Such is Plato’s observation in the Republic two thousand years ago on the divisive effect that wealth inequality has on the social cohesion of citizens in a city. Curiously, […]

The role of Complain Kings and Queens in a democratic society: Examining public discourse in Singapore

December 7, 2017

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by Phang Zi Xin The Singaporean state is often described generously as a developmental state that prides itself on “delivering the goods” and prioritizing the long term over the short term (Chua, 1995, p. 74; Lee, 2011, p. 90). It cites its ability to significantly raise the average living standards in record speed as reasons […]

Any opposition is good opposition

December 7, 2017

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by Jamin Jamieson Any opposition is good opposition Parties with overwhelming majorities in parliament face no formal barriers to enacting party policy. Without opposition partaking a serious role in government, eventually the state and party become unanimous. I do not argue that the unity of party and state is inherently bad. The outcomes of party […]

Meritocracy Gone Wrong: Work for Reward, Reward for What? Examining the justice of exam-based meritocracy in Singapore from a Rawlsian perspective

December 6, 2017

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by Tan Yi-Qin Edina INTRODUCTION Despite Singapore’s high literacy rate of 96.8%, she also has one of the highest wealth inequalities in the world[1]. Given that education, especially when successfully administered nation-wide, is supposed to play a huge role as a social-economic leveller, it is clear that somewhere, something went wrong. Is Singapore’s huge wealth […]

Should Singapore Implement the Minimum Wage?

December 6, 2017

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by Kwek Jia Qi A minimum wage is the lowest remuneration an employee must receive. In US, the federal minimum wage is USD $7.25/hour; in UK, the minimum wage is £7.50/hour; in France it is €9.76/hour[1]. In Singapore, however, there is no minimum wage. This government rejects minimum wage for three reasons. First, employees are […]

Helping Eddie: The Need for a Universal Basic Income

December 6, 2017

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by Keefe Liew Wen-Jun In “Ploughing On: The Faces and Insecurities of Singapore’s Elderly Working Poor”, Cunico, Lim, and Han describe the story of Eddie (1-2). Eddie is a 63-year-old Singaporean with no lifesavings. He is unable to hold full-time employment because he is the sole caretaker of his deaf brother. Although Eddie has a […]

Streaming in Singapore: Is Mere Evolution in Education Enough for Equality?

December 6, 2017

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by Hoo Yong Chuan, Shawn With effect from 2021, the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) scoring system will be modified to reduce the number of possible scores from over 200 to just 29. The changes announced in 2016 to the Singapore student’s first major national examination was aimed at promoting holistic education and reducing stress […]

Singapore’s Riches: How Much is Too Much? Rethinking Pro-Wealth Policies in Consideration of the Rest

December 6, 2017

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by Dinh Hai Bao Lien   73% of total country wealth is controlled by the wealthiest 20%. The poorest 20%, on the other hand, handles 1% of overall wealth[1].   Why is this the case?   There is strong institutional and sociocultural evidence for how the Singapore system supports wealth and wealth accumulation.   PART […]

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