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Op-Eds and Interviews

  1. Op-EdsTackling haze: Learn from the Swedes

    Tackling haze: Learn from the Swedes
    Writer(s):

    Asit Biswas and Cecilia Tortajada

    Date:
    Friday, 23 August 2013
    Synopsis:

    The haze returned with a vengeance this year… But serious challenges prevent a quick resolution.

    For one thing, the fires are caused by farmers who use the "slash and burn" method to clear land for oil palm, rubber and plantation forestry. Last year, Indonesia exported US$17.9 billion (S$22.75 billion) worth of palm oil, and around five million Indonesians depend on this industry for a living.

  2. Op-EdsFor the Government, going beyond an old script

    For the Government, going beyond an old script
    Writer(s):

    Donald Low

    Date:
    Wednesday, 21 August 2013
    Synopsis:

    The Prime Minister’s National Day Rally on Sunday has been well- received by most Singaporeans, including critics of the Government. They have praised not only the significant policy shifts in healthcare, education and housing but also the commitments the Prime Minister made. One such shift was the promise to ensure that every Singaporean family that is working will be able to afford a Housing Board flat.

  3. InterviewsDr Kenneth Paul Tan: 'One ­party system may lack resilience'

    Dr Kenneth Paul Tan: 'One ­party system may lack resilience'
    Date:
    Saturday, 17 August 2013
    Synopsis:

    This is part 2 of The Supper Club interview, where Dr Kenneth Paul Tan talks about meritocracy, the 2-party system and whether he would ever enter politics.

  4. Op-EdsPhua Kai Hong looks to the future of Singapore's 3M healthcare system

    Phua Kai Hong looks to the future of Singapore's 3M healthcare system
    Writer(s):

    Phua Kai Hong

    Date:
    Saturday, 17 August 2013
    Synopsis:

    There are great expectations arising from the year-long Our Singapore Conversation. Many have expressed their concerns and wishes for the future development of healthcare. And recently, we have been deluged with many articles and commentaries on the advantages and disadvantages of the Singapore system, offering various diagnoses, prognoses and even policy lessons for other countries.

    Healthcare consultant Dr Jeremy Lim, who has worked in the public and private sectors, will be launching his book, Myth or Magic: The Singapore Healthcare System, next month.

    As a frequent commentator on the local health scene — having written several pieces for this paper, for instance — he recently noted that “it is not the invisible hand of the market that drives costs down in Singapore’s healthcare system. It is the very visible hand of a strong Government that does so, as regulator and in deciding what to subsidise and what not to subsidise”.

  5. Op-EdsCan Asia get rich?

    Can Asia get rich?
    Writer(s):

    Razeen Sally

    Date:
    Thursday, 15 August 2013
    Synopsis:

    Will Asian emerging markets follow Latin America and the Middle East into the middle-income trap?

    Unless they reform their policies and institutions, the answer could very well be yes. Per capita incomes might not significantly advance beyond the level they are now, between US$2000–15,000.

  6. Op-EdsBiggest success may lie in nurturing habit to speak up, listen

    Biggest success may lie in nurturing habit to speak up, listen
    Writer(s):

    Kenneth Paul Tan

    Date:
    Wednesday, 14 August 2013
    Synopsis:

    Inclusiveness is one of the most important qualities of public deliberation. As a national-level public engagement exercise, the Our Singapore Conversation (OSC) needs to be a space where as many representative voices as possible are heard, taken seriously and engaged with openly. This gives the people of Singapore a basis for regarding its discussions and decisions as legitimate.

    When I was first introduced to the OSC, I thought that it had begun on the wrong foot. Its claim to inclusiveness was compromised, at least in terms of the composition of its committee, by the unmistakable exclusion of opposition politicians, prominent activists and public intellectuals known for their more controversial views.

    Nevertheless, I accepted the invitation to volunteer on its committee with the hope of contributing positively to a process that was, even with the best of intentions, bound to be complicated for political as much as practical reasons.

  7. InterviewsAsia's growth elixir

    Asia's growth elixir
    Date:
    Thursday, 01 August 2013
    Synopsis:

    New research on 16 Asian economies finds role of total factor productivity in their stellar economic performance. Interestingly, total factor productivity gains became the most important source of growth for South Korea and Taiwan between 1990 and 2010, according to Prof Vu Minh Khuong.

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