Singapore Perspectives 2009: The Heart of the Matter by Tarn How Tan PDF

By Tarn How Tan

ISBN-10: 9814280623

ISBN-13: 9789814280624

"The Singapore views" sequence is a each year ebook that offers serious research of rising developments and concerns Singapore faces when it comes to social, monetary and political improvement. it's a quickly and crucial reference for figuring out the extensive coverage discussions that animate inspiration leaders, policy-makers and the general public within the nation in the course of the fast interval or which are more likely to achieve this within the brief and medium time period. during this quantity, participants take an in-depth examine 4 subject matters of pertinent curiosity to Singapore's mid- to long term destiny and supply a few radical rules for Singaporeans' attention. they're: Can Singaporeans manage to pay for a High-Cost Singapore; Can Singaporeans stay Rooted; Can Singapore guard Its Hub prestige; and, Can executive Do much less, and Singaporeans extra. individuals of this identify comprise, Member of Parliament Inderjit Singh, playwright and legislation educational Eleanor Wong and previous president of the legislation Society of Singapore Philip Jeyaretnam. Co-published by way of the think-tank, the Institute of coverage reviews, Singapore, it is a beneficial booklet for people with an curiosity in figuring out the governance demanding situations dealing with a small, hugely globalised financial system and countryside, or those that need a fast believe of the heart beat of Singapore.

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Although we can create a larger economic pie for the nation, there are inevitably gainers and losers. There is a need to redistribute the gains from the winners to the losers through mechanisms such as the Workfare Income Supplement (WIS) (see Chart 1). However, one problem with understanding the impact of redistribution is, the monies are given for different purposes and are not entirely fungible. This is true even if you give cash, with the use not restricted for a particular type of expenditure.

8 percent in Japan and US respectively. 3 percent during the same period. To emphasise the severity of the problem, the rising labour costs in Singapore were not directly a result of higher productivity. 7 percent from 1980 to 2002, suggesting that its productive efficiency was increasing at a slower rate than its MVA growth as well as its rising business costs. It is therefore moving too quickly up the value chain of activities. Singapore has the sharpest rise in rankings from the 46th position in 2004 to the 13th position in 2008 (see Table 2).

Does the act of paying taxes, or doing national service, or not giving up one’s citizenship mean that one is rooted? Also, why does the benchmark for rootedness in Singapore appear often to be based on the worst-case scenario of one’s willingness to fight and die for one’s country? Should policies be formulated based on such extremes? Finally, discussions on rootedness tend to focus on the negative aspects of why Singaporeans leave. Perhaps we should look at why people stay or feel a sense of belonging in the first place.

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