When cars go out of fashion, what happens to car parks?' It seems hard to imagine at the moment, but a day may (soon) come when cars go out of fashion in Singapore. It is already happening in some European cities. Youngsters no longer see a need to take driving lessons, let alone buying a car.
Original letter sent to Lianhe Zaobao and published (see below) on 8 Sep 2014 I refer to the article published on 3 Sep 2014 and thank Mr Ye for his letter. Mr Ye would know that PAP MPs who participated in last month’s parliamentary debate on the Israel-Palestinian conflict on 5 Aug 2014, like me, also enquired about the prospects of Singapore taking a stronger position in the matter.
The ban of Ms Tan Pin Pin's film To Singapore, With Love is most unfortunate. The excuse given by the MDA that the decision was based on national security grounds defies reason especially when taken together with the PAP's immigration policy. The SDP has said before that the large number of foreigners allowed into Singapore over a compressed period does not allow these nationals to assimilate into our social and cultural fabric.
More local Singaporeans are getting hired amid a tight labour market. According to a half-yearly report issued on Monday, 15 September 2014, by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) - Statement on Labour Market Developments - the number of local Singaporeans employed in the first half of this year grew by 41,000. This is an increase of nearly 7,000 Singaporeans in the corresponding period in 2013.
The Government of Singapore (GOS) is attempting to steer the economy to become more knowledge-based and entrepreneurial to counter the competitive challenges China, India and other lower-cost exporters pose. Characteristically, the GOS is taking the lead, putting schemes in place to encourage creativity and entrepreneurship, particularly in "strategic" sectors.
Ethnic Chinese and even the migrant Myanmar workers are more honest compared to the native Malays where money is concerned, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today as he continued his decades-old belief of inherent racial weaknesses to explain the economic failures of Malaysia’s largest community. The former prime minister also claimed that many Malays do not pay back their debts, and therefore many companies prefer to award contracts to the Chinese, whom he insisted were more trustworthy.
Mr Low Thia Khiang: Mr Deputy Speaker, Sir, when this topic on market benchmarking of Ministerial and civil service salaries against the top private-sector earners was first debated in Parliament in 1994, I spoke against it. Thirteen years after Parliament agreed to thesalary benchmarks, the debate continues over whether Ministers are being paid too much. The issues I spoke on at the debate remain relevant to date.
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad lamented that he failed in his 22 years in power as the Malays did not feel ashamed when they failed, whether in examinations or in life. "I spent 22 years trying to change the Malays, trying to alter the perception that they were lazy, I failed," Malaysia's longest serving prime minister said today.
As the next election draws nearer, government-controlled sources of information will increasingly push out commentary praising the PAP regardless of the difficulties and frustration that Singaporeans face. But while this may have worked well for the ruling party in years past, circumstances have altered considerably with the expansion of the Internet. No longer is it easy for the PAP to play fast and loose with the facts as bloggers, with the ability to retrieve information at a moment's notice, are able to call out the authorities' bluster and disingenuity. This is why, if Singapore is going to mature into a thinking society where we are able to distinguish between news and propaganda, we must value our activists.