COVER STORY

Graduates of Institutes of Higher Learning: Surviving the Future

Amid news of the threat posed by COVID-19 to an already ailing global economy plagued by the US-China trade war and deglobalisation, the announcements made by Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat when he delivered the Budget 2020 speech on February 18 brought a ray of hope to workers as the outlook for jobs in the near future looked bleak. (more…)

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COMMUNITY
Changes in Community Leadership: What They Mean for the Malay/Muslim Community

The first three months of 2020 have been a period of change. In those months, three Malay-Muslim organisations announced a change in leadership.

AMP Singapore welcomed a new person at the helm as Executive Director (ED) with the retirement of community veteran Anuar Yusop. After 15 years as ED, Anuar, 62, made way for younger blood, with 47-year-old Zarina Yusof appointed as his replacement. (more…)


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SINGAPORE
National Day Rally Speech 2019: The Goodies and the Problems

Prime Minister (PM) Lee Hsien Loong delivered his seventh consecutive National Day Rally (NDR) speech this year at the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) College Central. The annual speech was moved to the present venue in 2013 after nine years at the National University of Singapore’s University Cultural Centre, underscoring PM Lee’s “longstanding commitment to investing in every Singaporean to his full potential” and to emphasise that “Singapore is at a turning point”. (more…)


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SOCIAL
Living +ly: Persons Living with HIV among the Malay/Muslim Community

The shadow of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) has hung over the world for years, but a lot has changed since the first version of antiretroviral therapy (ART) was introduced in the late 1980s. To a large extent, the disease has been tamed, turning what was once a virtual death sentence into a treatable condition, thanks to medical advancements. (more…)


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INTERNATIONAL
Intellectual Rigour in Islamic History: A Lesson for 21st Century Malaysian Muslims

The growing pains of political transition after a general election is a common occurrence in many societies. Malaysia is no exception. A year after the overthrow of the Barisan Nasional (BN), the more “democratic” coalition of Pakatan Harapan (PH) is not without its harsh critiques. There are rising tensions due to PH’s capitulation to far-right Malay/Muslim sentiments. (more…)


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POLITICS
EDUCATION
Graduates of Institutes of Higher Learning: Surviving the Future

Amid news of the threat posed by COVID-19 to an already ailing global economy plagued by the US-China trade war and deglobalisation, the announcements made by Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat when he delivered the Budget 2020 speech on February 18 brought a ray of hope to workers as the outlook for jobs in the near future looked bleak. (more…)


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ENVIRONMENT
OPINION
The Feasibility of Writing: Always an Open-ended Examination Paper

Study your personal, social, economic, and educational contexts carefully, and then answer all the questions.

 1.     How did you come by this profession? Why not be a doctor, or a wife? [5 m]

As a disclaimer, I am a doctor. Though not the kind who would be able to help you if you have a heart attack in a coffee house. (more…)


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ARTS & LITERATURE
The Feasibility of Writing: Always an Open-ended Examination Paper

Study your personal, social, economic, and educational contexts carefully, and then answer all the questions.

 1.     How did you come by this profession? Why not be a doctor, or a wife? [5 m]

As a disclaimer, I am a doctor. Though not the kind who would be able to help you if you have a heart attack in a coffee house. (more…)


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LIFESTYLE
South Korea: Second Time’s A Charm

My recent trip to South Korea was my second after 2013. The first trip was not a memorable one. I wasn’t able to fully explore Seoul as I met with a minor accident in Cheongdam-dong which left me with a swollen foot and a pair of crutches. Cheongdam-dong is a district in Seoul where all the major K-pop entertainment agencies like JYP, SM and FNC are located. After the accident happened, I vowed to return to South Korea. (more…)


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PERSONALITY
Hydrocarbon Exploration with Erza Aripin

There has been an increasing demand for oil and gas as global economies and infrastructure continue to rely heavily on petroleum-based products. The oil and gas industry contributes around five per cent of Singapore’s gross domestic product. (more…)


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BOOK REVIEW
Book Review: Alternative Voices in Muslim Southeast Asia: Discourse and Struggles

Alternative Voices in Muslim Southeast Asia: Discourse and Struggles (or “Alternative Voices”), edited by Dr Norshahril Saat and Dr Azhar Ibrahim, features twelve articles written by scholars, activists, and observers of social change, that present a critique of the Muslim society of Southeast Asia today, specifically in Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia. (more…)


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