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HDB and CPF

Something about the recent statement about the fact that HDB is affordable for the singles in their 30’s irked me. Link here http://singaporeenquirer.sg/?p=4619. Of course his idea of “affordable” is that the person in question spends 29% of his income on housing. But even his...

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Going the way of Japan?

Singapore has always looked upon Japan as it’s developmental role model. Maybe not explicitly, due to WWII sensitivities. But our economic and social policies have been a carbon copy of what Japan has implemented themselves since the war. And it has been a sucessful one, enabling Japan...

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What’s Next

Seems like it never just rains, it pours. If you’re in the Singapore government, it must have been a bad few months. You gave yourself a big time pay rise at the beginning of the year on the basis of your brilliant economic management. Then...

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Still Denying it

“Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong, urging those with the means to continue spending, or the economy ‘will really go into a recession’ ” – Straits Times 07 Nov 08 So what do you call contraction for 9 out of the last 12 months? Talk about...

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Sudden Recession?

So the local pages over the last 2 weeks have been filled with news that Singapore has slipped into a recession. And it seems like everywhere you turn there is news of impending doom. In fact the tone is getting a little worse everyday. Last...

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News blackout?

My typical Saturday morning ritual, is to have a mid morning cup of coffee while scanning through the news, both local and international. And every Saturday I’m appalled at the discrepancy in news coverage locally. Overnight in US, the stock markets have fallen by another...

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LTA Strikes again

Article from 2 weeks back. http://www.asiaone.com/Business/My%2BMoney/Property/Story/A1Story20080618-71573.html No it’s not the rise in ERP again. It used to be that they penalise people for driving into town, now it seems like they are penalising people for trying to leave town as well. What strikes me is...

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Left vs Right

In recent weeks, I’ve tried figuring out how I stand on the political spectrum. While I can firmly say that I’m socially a liberal, strongly support free trade, lean heavily in favour of green policies and favour a small government. I cannot quite figure out if that puts...

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Happiness

Interesting site below. Singapore ranks about 30 out of 95. I’m guessing since it’s above the 66 percentile, our government would consider that a good result. Especially since we’re convincing ahead of Zimbabwe. Strangely, even taking into account the chaos in Indonesia in the late 90’s, the typical...

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Elections

Just occurred to me that elections in the US is still 6 months away, and yet the debates about left vs right, foreign policy vs domestic economy, liberal vs conservative, have been going on for the whole of last year. Yes Americans do talk more...

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