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Let’s Be Local Company-Friendly Too in Singapore

Posted by inspir3d on August 1, 2006

“MNCs and international companies contribute about 40 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP); …MNCs are also known to be rather realistic about net costs and benefits. If they find a cheaper location for their operations, they have no qualms uprooting.” There are, however, attitudinal and operational barriers that Singaporean entrepreneurs and businesses face if the pro-MNC attitude is to shit towards a pro-local business attitude. …read more

Source: SG Entrepreneurs

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On Being a Clueless Journalist

Posted by inspir3d on August 1, 2006

“it’s difficult being an intern, it’s even more difficult being an intern journalist, in the face of all the ire that singaporean journalists from the national daily mouthpiece seem to be attracting. from critics like myself, oh the irony.

the thing that gets me though, is how journos are sometimes blamed for the news. criticise me for all you want and in as many words as you can say in one breath for my inaccurate depiction of the news, but realise i am not the news maker.”

An SPH Journalist Intern tries to defend herself against critics. …read more

Source: Confessions of a Critic

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Happy 41st!

Posted by inspir3d on August 1, 2006

“As much as I hate some of our public policies, I am still very proud of my country and her achievements.” iRis wishes Singapore happy 41st birthday! …read more

Source: blurfroggie; recommended by: Cobalt Paladin

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World Bank Campaigning for Self-Criticism

Posted by inspir3d on August 1, 2006

The World Bank wants the right to be criticised. Gayle surveys the Singapore Government’s ‘consultation’ with WB/IMF over the issue. …read more

Source: Gayle Goh

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Who Shut the Dogs Up?

Posted by inspir3d on August 1, 2006

Ringisei examines the roles of the mainstream media, and new media. …read more

Source: Singapore Angle

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National Identity

Posted by inspir3d on August 1, 2006

I stumbled across this post today after being referred to a blog when reading the comments section on one of Mr Wang’s posts. I regret not finding it earlier. But this is surely a must read for the 53% of young Singaporeans who are considering emigration, and Minister Raymond Lim (and the rest of the PAP).

 

Thanks to Joseph for allowing his post to be reproduced here
This is the original source
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Today, the green and secure island of shining domes, skyscrapers, and machine-like efficiency that we call Singapore is the place I call home.

I remember the burning sense of patriotism that I had when I was young. In the heyday of Singapore soccer, when half the citizens were cheering heart and soul for Singapore in the Tiger Cup, I remember the exultant and jubilant talk about Singapore’s stellar wins over Malaysia’s teams. I remember feeling very strongly for Singapore then, when I was still an innocent child who concerned myself only with the TV guide, soccer, and books. I remember, as if it was yesterday, making 22 cardboard flip-outs, naming 11 of the pieces after all the Brazilian World Cup players, and naming the rest of the pieces after the Singapore team (yes, I could practically tell you the name of every single player on the Singapore team then) and playing them against each other with a squashed-up paper ball on a large cardboard that was used as the soccer pitch.

And Singapore always won in my memory. Read the rest of this entry »

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