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Singapore Immigration

Posted by inspir3d on August 25, 2006

“In his 2006 National Day Rally speech, PM Lee Hsien Loong spoke long on immigration: because the low birth rate of Singapore citizens and the shortage of local talent, Singapore has to accept the importation of manpower.

While the two reasons are cogent enough, it is necessary to match them with the situation on the ground.” …more (Singabloodypore)

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National Rally without “Harm”

Posted by inspir3d on August 25, 2006

“Upon an anonymous suggestion, I’ve decided to write something and some thoughts on the National Day Rally (NDR). Since many of us are sick of the “aerial” and “ground bombardment” of post-NDRs, I should write something different about this year’s NDR. Perhaps before starting on any thoughts it might be interesting (things that I’ve found boring was interesting to the readers and vice versa, so when I say its interesting, it might be boring! Readers beware!) to have some fun facts on the NDR.” …more (Singapore Politics)

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How NOT to succeed in the conventions business

Posted by inspir3d on August 25, 2006

Next month, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will be holding their summit meeting and related conferences here. Singapore is seizing the opportunity to raise its profile globally while hosting the meetings.” …more (Yawning Bread)

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Pulling a Fast One

Posted by inspir3d on August 25, 2006

High impact2Is Mr Wang done with PM Lee’s rally speech yet? Almost. First, let’s recap two major trends/policies for Singapore:

(1) Singapore faces the challenge of an ageing population (or so we’re told). Current projections show that one in five Singaporeans will be over the age of 65 by 2030. The government therefore wants to encourage Singaporeans to have more babies.

(2) Singapore’s economy lacks skilled manpower (or so we’re told). The government wants to import huge numbers of foreign talents, to keep the economy going strong.”

…more (Mr Wang)

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Changing the Noodles

Posted by inspir3d on August 25, 2006

“The furore over the mee siam shows that the mainstream media are willing to follow the intellectual lead from the local blogosphere

For a speech that is so ludicrously predictable, the annual national day rally attracts plenty of attention. From glowing assessments of the local economy to getting Singaporeans to f*** without protection more often and half-hearted promises to ‘embrace’ the internet, no detail was spared.” …click here for the uncensored version (Twilight)

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