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Monday: Rebuke, Smilies and A Rebuttal

Posted by inspir3d on September 11, 2006

“The Token Rebuke” Chemical Generation, “The IMF rebuke is all for show and part of the elaborate September opera between them and the Singapore government. Both are just moving their prearranged pieces. The Singapore government is making its anti-protest move and the IMF / WB are reading their prepared statements in response.”

“Schizophrenic Smilies” Xenoboy, “It is amusing to observe all the shennanigans leading up to the IMF/WB meetings.”

“A Rebuttal” altrerius, “The KTM wrote an entry in criticism of this entry, essentially stating that such a complaint as stated in the entry shows that Singaporeans are weak and unwilling to compete on a global level. … Being an NUS student myself; though not from the the faculty of either Engin nor Science, I tend to relate much better with the NUS Engin student than I do with KTM.”

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Evening update

Posted by inspir3d on September 4, 2006

“Government Scholarships – Not Always the Be All and End All” a guest contributor @ Singapore Angle explains why he turned down a government scholarship even though he was the top scorer in the ‘A’-levels, but not before discussing the issue of scholarships and foreign talent.

“The Adventures of BG Yeo” Mr Wang leaves a lengthy comment in response to BG Yeo’s third post.

“Entering Treacherous Waters” A discussion of the impact of the internet on Singaporean Politics.

“The Battle of Toy,” Xenoboy, “I would like to talk about his recent call to the Young PAP to place recruitment on the top of the agenda.”

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Monday Morning Reads for 4 Sept ’06

Posted by inspir3d on September 4, 2006

“Taxi Drivers and Teachers,” A Singapore Teacher’s Life, “I am glad I am a teacher. I put that in bold because I don’t want people to get a very wrong picture of what teaching is all about.”

“No Laughing Matter” Mr Wang wonders “whether we will ever learn to laugh a little at ourselves,” when he reads that some NSmen may get into trouble for releasing videos made during training to the public.

“Why do we have so many flag days in Singapore?” by EntityX “I am not trying to be anti charity here, but don’t you think that there is just too much of these flag days?”

“Stand Up for Singapore. Who? Me?” After Midnite “ Yet looking around, more than half present are not of Singapore. … And while a concert in the park may attract a select few, this same scene is not unlike a microcosm of the possibility of what Singapore will look like in the future, with just as many ‘non-natives’ as there are sons of the soil each claiming their patch.”

George Yeo blogs his third post! @ ephraim loy’s blog (thx to wert for the permalink)

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Too many foreign talents could deprive S’poreans of jobs. Control the quality and number of immigrants

Posted by inspir3d on August 30, 2006

“As a 41-year-old Singaporean, I have seen the country’s progress and cannot but greatly appreciate the government’s efforts since 1965 in shaping the economy and bringing in foreign investments.To keep the economy growing despite intense competition from neighbouring countries, it has outlined a policy to keep the population growing.” …more (Shanmugam Manohar @ STI Online Forum; Recommended by PTC)

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Of Wild Goats and New Citizens

Posted by inspir3d on August 30, 2006

High impact2“A Goatherd, driving his flock from their pasture at eventide, found some Wild Goats mingled among them, and shut them up together with his own for the night. The next day it snowed very hard, so that he could not take the herd to their usual feeding places, but was obliged to keep them in the fold.

He gave his own goats just sufficient food to keep them alive, but fed the strangers more abundantly in the hope of enticing them to stay with him and of making them his own. When the thaw set in, he led them all out to feed, and the Wild Goats scampered away as fast as they could to the mountains.” …more (Dr Huang)

Also, a reply by Whispers from the Heart

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Immigration

Posted by inspir3d on August 29, 2006

“The world is facing the problem of population aging. This problem is not uniquely Singapore (sic). It is a natural phenomenon occuring more acutely in developed countries. We may have given too much credit to the government’s “two is enough” policy. In retrospect, without the introduction of the “two is enough” policy, Singapore will still have an aging population problem as it moves from third world to first.” …more (Cobalt Paladin)

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Why the government’s fetish for foreigners is not a matter of numbers

Posted by inspir3d on August 29, 2006

The government is resorting to foreigners because it has lost faith in the competency of Singaporeans

People cried foul when, on his customary annual bore-speech, prime minister Lee Hsien Loong effectively blamed the government’s increased efforts to attract ‘foreign talent’ on Singaporeans’ lack of interest in conceiving children, a situation instantly understandable ten minutes into a visit of one of Singapore’s dilapidated national libraries on a Sunday afternoon.” …more (Twilight)

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Selling Immigration

Posted by inspir3d on August 29, 2006

High impact2One of the chief topics in Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s National Day Rally speech (20 August 2006) was the need for foreign talent, and by extension, immigration. Predictably, the Straits Times then annoyed me (and perhaps many others) by featuring “new Singaporeans” – you know, happy nuclear families, doing well in life. More importantly, they all sang praises of Singapore: this is great, that is great and that’s why I relocated my family here, and took up Singapore citizenship.” …more (Yawning Bread)

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On Foreign Talent, Immigration and Jobs

Posted by inspir3d on August 28, 2006

“The KTM has been busy and haven’t had very much time to spout much nonsense on the Prime Minister’s National Day Rally speech. Overall, the KTM thought that PM Lee did a decent job at articulating the challenges facing the country and the strategies that we are going to be adopting as a country in the near future.

The Prime Minister has however attracted a great deal of flak for his announcement of our new (?) pro-immigration policy. Actually, the KTM was quite surprised at the great length that the PM spent in trying to justify why Singapore needs to be more open to immigration.” …more (KTM @ Singapore Angle)

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Weekend Humor: Satire in Today Article?

Posted by inspir3d on August 27, 2006

“A certain Ng Ya Ken writes an article for Today: make ’em feel true ‘blue’ residents. Molly doesn’t know if he’s being a partisan player in politics a la mr brown.” …more (Molly Meek)

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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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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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