Ageing in Singapore

It is a well-known fact now that the world is ageing and Singapore is among the fastest ageing countries in the world. The proportion of seniors 65 years and above in Singapore stands at 18.4% and it is projected that this percentage will grow to be 33.3% which is 1/3 of the population in 2050. Ageing has been on the agenda of Singapore’s national planning for a number of years now. Despite this, as a country, we are still ‘playing catch-up’ in that development of ageing infrastructure and services still lag behind the needs of the growing elder population. (more…)

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Effective Advocacy on Social Media

The recently-concluded FIFA World Cup 2022 tournament in Qatar was truly an eye-opener for its many visitors and viewers from around the globe. Qatar, the host country for this prestigious footballing event, had used this significant occasion to effectively share with people more about Islam, especially on the parts of it that many are still unaware of. (more…)

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Racial Colour-Blindness: A Counterproductive Ideology to Racism

Towards the end of his I Have a Dream speech in 1963, where Martin Luther King Jr. called for full civil and economic rights for African Americans and an end to racism in the United States (US), he said, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character”[1]. (more…)

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Quiet Quitting: The Beginning of a Revolution for Better Workplace Boundaries

‘Quiet quitting’ has become the latest online buzzword that has set the internet ablaze. A quick Google search of the term will open a sprawling list of articles, but where did it originate?

The term started from a Tiktok video posted in early 2022 by career coach and YouTuber Brian Creely. Summarising an Insider article written by senior correspondent Aki Ito with the headline, “My Company is Not My Family”, Creely stated that employees are taking greater control over their working schedules to find a healthy balance between their careers and personal lives. (more…)

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Staying Sane in an Insane World: Performance and Academics

When I first heard the term ‘PhD factory’, it took me a few seconds to realise what it meant and was immediately privy to the precarity of academia. A Doctor of Philosophy or PhD degree connotes a certain level of prestige. It is the pinnacle of learning. You might make friends for life, and friends who challenge your way of thinking. You get to meet and work with professors whose interests align with yours. Securing an opportunity to do a PhD is not easy. (more…)

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Beyond ‘Pink Brain, Blue Brain’: Gender Differences in Neurodiversity & Their Consequences

“Where are all the autistic people?” asked Nicole Parish, otherwise known as @soundoftheforest, an autistic TikToker with 2.7 million followers to her name. It’s an innocuous question, but one that perhaps alludes to a harsh disparity between online conversations surrounding neurodivergence, and the relative lack of awareness and understanding of it in real-life situations, especially in relation to gender differences. (more…)

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He is Different But Never Less

One of the things I most look forward to during each year-end is the Individualised Education Programme (IEP) meetings with my son’s teachers. It gives me a better idea of what has worked regarding teaching strategies and interventions, and whether he has achieved some of the goals we had planned for the year. (more…)

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Sacred Cows and Forward Singapore

The Political Dictionary defines a ‘sacred cow’ as “any programme, policy, or person that is regarded as being beyond attack or untouchable”. Sacred cows in nation-building can take the form of policies, social norms and institutions. Singapore has her fair share of sacred cows covering existential themes such as multiracialism, meritocracy, equality and so on.

From time to time, these underlying premises or foundations of the state are challenged especially in the context of domestic shifts in socio-economic status, changes in societal aspirations and new secular (and non-secular) trends. (more…)

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The Seniors: What can Budget 2023 do for them?

Population issues have been a concern for a long time. One of the earliest theories surrounding this was the Malthusian Growth Model of predicting an unsustainable increase in population back in the 1700s. Singapore’s population is moving towards one quarter of the population being made up of seniors. The current Old-Age Support ratio is 4:1. The support ratio is the ratio of people who can offer support against seniors who require others to support them. (more…)

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Humanity Beyond the Labels

Despite the whispers that the repeal of Section 377A of the Penal Code may happen, Singaporeans were still caught by surprise when Prime Minister Lee Hsien Long made the official announcement during his 2022 National Day Rally speech. The response was expectedly diverse and divided. From the euphoric, to the pragmatic, and then to the opposing spectrum of enraged and devastated. (more…)

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Using Cash Waqf to Combat Donor Fatigue and Blockchain to Improve Accountability

Donating to a multitude of charitable causes can get tiresome after a while. For working-class people who are financially burdened with their own daily needs and monthly expenses, there is also a limited amount that may be set aside, and the constant giving could weigh them down.

Additionally, a great deal of money is donated to fund charitable causes, but it is hard to observe how efficient or effective these efforts are, or whether they reach the intended beneficiaries, in some cases. (more…)

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Book Review: Islam in a Secular State: Negotiating the Future of Shariah

For Muslims to fully practise their rights by conviction and free choice, it can only be actualised in a secular state. The secular state acts as a safeguard against the hegemonic enforcement of the Shariah that opposes the universal values of Islam. The secular state is also intended to nurture and regulate the role of Islam in public life through the shaping of ethical norms that can be reflected in public institutions, policies and social relations (pp. 1-3). (more…)

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Exploring the World Beyond with Syahrom Rahmad

Apart from gaining international work experience that can provide long-term career benefits, many Singaporeans are considering working overseas for their own exposure and life experience as it offers them opportunities to experience new cities and cultures. A survey[1] conducted by the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Shapers community found that nearly 70 percent of Singaporean millennials who participated said that they are willing to work overseas, with Australia and the United States chosen as their preferred destinations. (more…)

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