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Commentary: Mind the varied impact of HDB schemes on different groups of home owners

While the HDB schemes that seek to address the issue of expiring leases and depreciating value are to be welcomed, policymakers will do well to ...

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Dear public service, what do you mean by this jargon?

What is 'future-proof'?
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Singapore Airlines' rebrand must not downplay the Singapore Girl

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In Singapore

China domestic abuse

Commentary: What took us so long to move against marital immunity for rape?

The journey towards a potential abolishment of marital immunity for rape, as part of a review of the Penal Code, raises ...

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A 21st-Century Singapore Story

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Commentary: Helping developing countries achieve growth isn’t complicated. Just look at Singapore

A capable public administration has played a critical role in the country’s development, an area which developing countries ...

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Dealing with Disruption

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Commentary: Grab, the new ruler in town, and the paradox of scaling a business

Grab's experiences show that scaling a business should be guided by a spirit of entrepreneurship that seeks to add value, says ...

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Work Life

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Commentary: Let’s hang up on conference calls

We dutifully enter our pin code followed by the hash key but rarely achieve much, says one observer at the Financial Times.

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Saving Planet Earth

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Commentary: What will it take for Singapore to give up plastic?

Moving away from single-use plastic and making clean drinking water available everywhere are two ways we can tackle the ...

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Overcoming hubris, greed and opacity, lessons of the global financial crisis for China

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China's parliament has endorsed Xi Jinping's move to abolish rules limiting the head of

Rising China

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Commentary: The trouble with 'Made in China'

Amidst a trade war with the United States, China toned down its "Made in China 2025" plan.

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Spotlight on Malaysia

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Commentary: Mahathir’s 100 days in office and the extended honeymoon period in Malaysia

The euphoria over regime change will last until the end of this year at the very least, says James Chin from the University of ...

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Southeast Asia

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Commentary: A booming real estate market in the Philippines reveals its diaspora's purchasing power

Overseas Filipinos have become purveyors of a new ultra-modern lifestyle that is rapidly being introduced to every corner of ...

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Elsewhere in Asia

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Commentary: Dear South Korea, please don't give up on having more babies

South Korea's ageing population and its plunging birth rates, when combined, are giving the country a massive demographic ...

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American Global Leadership

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Commentary: Nope, the WTO doesn't treat the US unfairly

While it's true that that the United States is sued more often than any other WTO member, and that they have lost many of ...

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World News

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Commentary: In London, better to walk than drive or wait for a bus

Walking to your destination if the journey is short may be a smarter choice given possible delays and crowds, say two observers.

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The first batch of flats in Tengah will be launched from in November in the plantation district.

Housing Singapore

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Commentary: A tale of one HDB flat across two generations

Resisting redevelopment and insisting on lease extension run counter to what’s best for a family and a neighbourhood, say two ...

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The Education Debate

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Commentary: Two ideas to level the education playing field

The key to ensuring education in Singapore remains a level playing field is to continue reviewing the measures and structures ...

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Tackling inequality in Singapore

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Commentary: Can the rich be caring?

How can we close the empathy gap, to nurture a culture of other-centredness? CEO of the National Volunteer and Philanthropy ...

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This is what the face of poverty looks like

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On Parenting

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Commentary: When should children be allowed to have their own mobile phones?

If you haven’t set clear boundaries about technology use or had conversations about it with your child, then passing junior a ...

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No marks, scars or bruises but anxiety more debilitating than some illnesses

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Mental Well-being

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Commentary: Richard Branson’s key to happiness? Stop chasing after it

Studies show there are ways to achieve happiness but it doesn’t come in the form of a high-flying job or an all-expenses paid ...

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Employment Challenges

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Commentary: Helping Grab drivers find jobs and have enough money an uphill battle

The gig economy’s adverse effects on those lured into a once-lucrative industry should prompt us to think how to temper its ...

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The average gender pay gap across all British companies that submitted details stood at 12 percent

On Gender Equality

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Commentary: 'Super mums' have one simple request. Don’t hinder them from returning to work

Mothers like Rahayu Mahzam, who seems to be on top of it all, should spur us to think about how to support mums who want to ...

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Digital World

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Commentary: The glorious magic of Apple’s buzz machine

Eager fans can’t wait to see what’s behind Apple’s special event next week. This strategy to generate excitement is precisely ...

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Living Well

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Commentary: Head out and enjoy Singapore's nature spots

If you haven't paid a visit to some of Singapore's green spots recently, take some time this weekend to venture forth, says ...

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