Tag Archives: DEVADAS KRISHNADAS

PROTESTS THAT MATTER IN SINGAPORE

In the Arab Spring it was clear that there were no available and working channels for the masses to have their voices heard. But in Hong Kong and in Singapore there are several operating channels.

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THE POLITICAL FORCES SHAPING OUR FUTURE

Liberalism demands an informed and interested citizenry that accepts and is better for its differences. This is a tall order, but is a worthy goal and a mark of a mature and humane society. However, we cannot be naive and ignore the realities of our economic condition. Populism is the real threat among the three forces. It throws up weak leaders with no normative vision. We need confident leadership that can accept feedback from the ground, offer a vision to the people and develop a plan to realise our collective aspirations.

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DEVADAS KRISHNADAS: THE MAKING OF NEW POLITICS

Government policies are well intentioned. The Central Provident Fund (CPF) scheme, healthcare subsidies, the Pioneer Generation Package are all examples of policies aimed at addressing the long-term needs of Singaporeans. But they are also complicated and hard to understand. This leads to a high “wash-out” of goodwill because what people do not understand or relate to, they tend not to trust easily. The highly competent government officials who think of every category of need and every contingency are to be applauded. However, the complicated nature of policies is not only a function of sound policy making. It is also a function of two legacy issues in the policy landscape, The first is the need to work within systems that have been in place for a long time and which have been periodically adjusted.

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A year of maturation for S’pore

This year has been an eventful year of maturation for Singapore. The first half of the year began with the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) losing its second consecutive by-election in 12 months. The introduction of the Population White Paper in February caused a national furore, and the ripple effects …

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