Tag Archives: Straits Times 31 Aug 2014

HAN FOOK KWANG: NON-GRADS AND THEIR PLACE IN TALENT NARRATIVE

What's not so clear though is how this narrative affected ordinary Singaporeans, especially non-graduates, and how they saw their place in society. Did they feel like second-class citizens, of less value, because they could make only limited contributions to the country's progress, especially in the material sense? Did they have less confidence in the future, for their children especially, knowing they were not regarded highly and would not be able to join the select ranks? Or did it spur them to make even greater effort so they could become one of them? Perhaps some were inspired, but there would be many who might have felt they didn't belong in a country that continually focused on the contributions of the top.

Read More »

FUNDING BOOST THROUGH GOVT GRANTS

Currently, the Government matches the donations raised by the groups, subject to an annual cap. Last year, the cap was raised for the matching grant for Yayasan Mendaki, the Association of Muslim Professionals and Malay Muslim organisations from $4 million to $5 million from this financial year onwards. The Singapore Indian Development Association (Sinda) now receives up to $1.7 million a year, while the Eurasian Association gets not more than $200,000 annually.

Read More »