The Central Provident Fund (CPF) has come under scrutiny in recent months. Former Minister for Manpower Tan Chuan-Jin attempted to allay fears about retirement adequacy by unveiling a bright path for young Singaporeans. According to him, a polytechnic graduate with a monthly salary of $2,200 until age 65 can purchase a four-room flat and still receive 60-70% of pre-retirement income in his/her golden years. However, … Continue reading CPF and Housing: A Complicated Union
Singapore has the highest Gini coefficient (after taxes and transfers) – the measure of income inequality – in the developed world. This has been increasingly salient of late and the government has responded with a more progressive budget that seeks to help the lowest rung of society, to give them a leg up. However, behind these numbers resides a problematic reality – that social mobility … Continue reading The Forgotten Side of the Effort to Empower the Malay Community
BY JERRY LEWIS ONG The current migrant boat crisis in Southeast Asia involving Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya minority and poor Bangladeshis has caught the world’s attention. While there have yet to be any reports of boats entering into Singapore waters, the government has pre-emptively stated that the country “is not in a position to accept any persons seeking political asylum or refugee status”. This position was … Continue reading Does Singapore Have a Reason to Refuse Refugees?
BY MICHELLE KHOO Will Singapore’s next General Elections be as fiercely contested as the last? During the last General Elections, the call for greater governmental transparency drove significant debate, paving the way for the leading opposition party to gain unprecedented political ground on the promise of being a ‘check’ on the ruling party. In the 2011 Presidential Elections, a Presidential candidate not endorsed by the … Continue reading Open Data for An Open Society
“Can we get the successive generations to understand that we built this edifice, that this is a 100-storey building built on an extremely narrow foundation, but piled deep and structured in such a way that the winds won’t blow it down.” – Lee Kuan Yew Lee Kuan Yew was a giant revered for his brilliant mind, shrewd political instinct, and fearless candor. In the week … Continue reading The Lee Kuan Yew Foundation