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    Next year should be an interesting year when the water agreement between Singapore and Malaysia expires, and Malaysia's Mahathir is at it again, http://www.chedet.co.cc/chedetblog/2...greements.html.
    This will be an acid test for Singapore's New Water-whether it is all hot air or merely a bargaining ploy.

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    History Channel has just run an episode depicting the life and career of Malaysian P.Pamli :

    It covers his youth in Penang where he was recruited into the Japanese army. The Japanese treated him so well that on the day of surrender,
    his compatriots hid away all swords fearing that their beloved Japanese masters would commit Hara Kiri, and that's when thousands died fighting to
    liberate the country from the Japs!
    After the war he crossed over to Singapore to start an acting career. Eventually he became a director sponsored by Shaw brothers
    and was a big name and made a lot of money.
    In the 50s he was invited to return to Msia to start his own movie business with the support of local people.His peers remember him as
    " a man who used his creative talent and skills to create a business whilst his compatriots spent their energy plundering the country's coffers".
    He failed miserably in msia and his films flopped, he died penniless.He was eventually given a posthumous award of Tan Sri equivalent to a lord.
    People has akined his failure as a lesson to people who have succeeded in a foreign country but failed miserably after having being enticed to return to develop their home countries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bbn View Post
    People has akined his failure as a lesson to people who have succeeded in a foreign country but failed miserably after having being enticed to return to develop their home countries.
    So what kind of lesson are we suppose to learn from this?

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    Simple rule that separates great people from little people (xiao ren),winners from losers.

    For definition of little people read Jonathan Swift's "Gulliver's Travels" or any historical dynasty episode

    in China's centuries long history or Lu Xun's "the True Story of Ah QIU".
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    Default ASIA MIGRATION DESTINATIONS: S'pore a top choice

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    By Li Xueying

    SITTING within booming Asia yet armed with the creature comforts of a developed economy, Singapore is tops as a migration destination for the young and educated.

    It is the only economy in developed Asia - which includes Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan - that would not suffer a brain drain if people around the world can migrate anywhere they want, according to a poll by research firm Gallup.

    In fact, Singapore would have four times its current number of educated adults, defined as those with at least a bachelor's degree. Even greater would be the jump in the number of those aged between 15 and 29: It would rise six times - a silver lining for a rapidly ageing population.

    These results emerge from the answers of 350,000 adults in 148 countries who were asked whether they, if given the opportunity, would like to move permanently to another country, and if so, where.

    Overall, Singapore's population would burgeon by 219 per cent, from its current 5 million to 15 million, leapfrogging it to the top of Gallup's Potential Net Migration Index. The index is calculated by subtracting the number of people who want to move out of a country from those who want to move in. Singapore is followed by New Zealand, Canada and Switzerland.

    But the results come with two caveats. One, it measures aspirations, not intentions. Two, Singapore's small population means the impact of migration shifts is magnified. For instance, one million people eyeing Singapore would make a huge difference to its population, compared with say, the population of 300 million in the United States.


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    Default ISLAMIC STUDENTS TAUGHT SKILLS: Tackling extremism

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    Student leaders taught to set right peers who may turn radical

    By Zakir Hussain

    THE Muslim community is taking a new step to nip in the bud the problem of young people falling prey to terrorist ideology.

    It is equipping madrasah student leaders - its future religious leaders - with skills to counter and set right their peers who show early signs of radicalisation.

    Around 90 student leaders from four madrasahs were on Wednesday given a crash course on how extremists distort Islamic concepts and how people are radicalised.

    The new move was prompted by several young people in Singapore and abroad becoming extremists, as well as the need to equip a new generation to continue the fight against terrorism.

    In opening the session, Minister of State for Education and Home Affairs Masagos Zulkifli told the students that they had a responsibility to respond to the continuing challenge.

    'Only people like yourself who have studied the history of our religion, how it has evolved, how it can evolve... can bring forward solutions,' he said.


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    Default More skilled teachers needed for special needs schools

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    10 November 2010 2059 hrs

    By Hetty Musfirah Abdul Khamid

    SINGAPORE: Singapore needs more skilled teachers to work with special needs children and youth.

    Speaking at a new purpose-built school for autism, MP Denise Phua, said a good curriculum is also lacking.

    Ms Phua serves as school board supervisor to two special schools here and is also the president of Autism Resource Centre.

    The new school - Eden School formerly known as the Singapore Autism School - at Bukit Batok, West Avenue 3 is for those with moderate to severe autism.

    It caters to those aged 7-18 years who are unable to cope with mainstream examinations.

    The new $18m building has facilities for academic support and vocational skills, so students can learn skills in the right environment - such as customer service at a cafe, and even baking.

    Eden School currently serves about 137 students and by March next year, it is planning to have about 180 students.

    Since the transformation of the school from the Singapore Autism School in 2008, the school has been receiving more than 100 applications annually. It is understood that about 50% of those applicants are on the waiting list.

    At full capacity, the school can take in about 300 to 350 students. But the challenge lies in finding good teachers. Ms Phua said that the quality of the teaching force is something that cannot be sacrificed.

    She said: "The real bottleneck is not purpose-built buildings, those are a blessing and this is good and very dignified for the children. But the real bottleneck in teaching and learning is really in qualified teachers, well-trained, and in good curricula, a good curriculum that combines both the best practices of mainstream education and also what's required in disability sector. That is what's really needed."

    Eden School will have a curriculum unit soon, led by autism experts.

    Partners like the Ministry of Education and the National Council of Social Service (NCSS) can also play a more strategic role, other than just providing funds.

    Ms Phua suggested the curriculum unit can link up with mainstream educators at the Education Ministry to help raise standards.

    She said: "Our main funding agencies like the Ministry of Education and NCSS, they have been really levelling up and doing very well now, and helping us to raise funds. I think looking at the future, what MOE and NCSS can do is to be even more strategic.

    "MOE for instance can help us link the curriculum unit of the mainstream educators so that we can learn more best practices. NCSS, which is very good at supporting us with resources now, can also leverage on its strength of providing social services to help build the social health so that families with special needs can stay intact."

    Eden School is also partnering NTUC Learning Hub for students to take up certification courses such as in environmental cleaning.

    Ms Phua said that Autism Resource Centre is also considering if there is a need to open a new special school to cater to the growing pool of applicants seen in other schools that also cater to children with autism such as Pathlight School.

    She said: "We are still considering whether there is a need for another school of autism for students who qualify for Pathlight, that means they are suitable to pursue mainstream education like PSLE and GCE O level. We are still considering and doing some analysis on that."

    Education Minister Ng Eng Hen graced the official opening of Eden School. At the event, Ngee Ann Kongsi also donated S$3 million to the school.

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    Is this a sign of a change in Singapore accepting a new and more diverse viewpoint? http://www.journalism.sg/2010/11/10/...verse-opinion/.
    It now acknowledges that they may not agree with say a person's opposing opinions but would at least set them thinking about them. It now at least says it wants a thinking population, with a diversity of opinions, not a subservient or unthinking media.
    Loh, what do you think? It would be good if more members post here but this will only happen if you can offer a similar "welcome mat" (in writing without preconditions, so as not to be too patronizing) to what your PM and SM have so boldly staed.

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    Default Volunteerism at an all-time high

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    11 November 2010 1301 hrs

    By Vimita Mohandas

    SINGAPORE : The economic downturn last year did not affect Singaporeans' generosity.

    A recent survey by the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre (NVPC) showed that they opened their wallets even wider.

    Total donations crossed the billion dollar mark at S$1.07 billion, rising more than 11 per cent from 2008, when the last survey was done.

    NVPC said that while the number of donors had fallen, the amount donated had increased.

    And it seems that a larger proportion of donors live in HDB flats compared to private housing.

    The survey also found that the time spent on volunteering has doubled to 89 million hours in two years.

    The percentage of people volunteering their time rose by a quarter to more than 23 per cent.

    And more youth are stepping up, with a participation rate of 36 per cent among those between 15 and 24 years of age.

    NVPC's Chief Executive Laurence Lien said this generation of youth is more socially conscious and aware of volunteer work.

    On the rise in donations, Lien said during the deep economic uncertainty, people are more aware of the needs around them.


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    Default Crackdown on youth gangs

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    Nov 11, 2010

    'No excuse, no leniency'

    CRIMINAL Investigation Department director Ng Boon Gay has warned that all gang behaviour would be dealt with firmly and decisively.

    Offenders will face the full brunt of the law, including the Criminal Law (Temporary Provisions) Act, which allows for detention without trial, Mr Ng said.

    'Youth offenders involved in violent crimes must be warned that they will not be treated lightly simply because of their age,' he said in a statement on Wednesday. 'There is no excuse for violence and no leniency for those who disregard the law.'

    Action will also be taken against those who turn up at the courts in force as a show of support for their fellow gangsters, police further warned.

    The warnings came after six youths were arrested over two cases of armed rioting in Bukit Panjang in a 24-hour swoop by CID officers.

    The group is believed to have attacked seven people, including a 20-year-old who is in hospital with cuts to both legs that hit bone.

    On Wednesday, 19 youths turned up in court to support a suspect who was charged in connection with the murder of a Republic Polytechnic student in Downtown East. The 19, aged between 17 and 22 years, were arrested and are believed to be gang members.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loh View Post
    The Straits Times
    Nov 11, 2010

    By Li Xueying

    SITTING within booming Asia yet armed with the creature comforts of a developed economy, Singapore is tops as a migration destination for the young and educated.

    It is the only economy in developed Asia - which includes Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan - that would not suffer a brain drain if people around the world can migrate anywhere they want, according to a poll by research firm Gallup.

    In fact, Singapore would have four times its current number of educated adults, defined as those with at least a bachelor's degree. Even greater would be the jump in the number of those aged between 15 and 29: It would rise six times - a silver lining for a rapidly ageing population.

    These results emerge from the answers of 350,000 adults in 148 countries who were asked whether they, if given the opportunity, would like to move permanently to another country, and if so, where.

    Overall, Singapore's population would burgeon by 219 per cent, from its current 5 million to 15 million, leapfrogging it to the top of Gallup's Potential Net Migration Index. The index is calculated by subtracting the number of people who want to move out of a country from those who want to move in. Singapore is followed by New Zealand, Canada and Switzerland.

    But the results come with two caveats. One, it measures aspirations, not intentions. Two, Singapore's small population means the impact of migration shifts is magnified. For instance, one million people eyeing Singapore would make a huge difference to its population, compared with say, the population of 300 million in the United States.


    Singapore is top as a migration destination for the young and educated. -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM
    I would say there are more caveats than the above two. I think it is impossible to have a perfect success story, some of the
    bitching from whoever have been known a long time ago and governments have already have measures to redress them ,issues such as
    over-crowding,over-dependence on the government, pockets of poverty etc.etc, which government in the world would not have some flaws?
    It is overdoing things when inundating a thread with a lot of noise generated by people who may be outcasts, losers,saboteurs ,spies whatever.
    I'm not saying all the noise has no merit, just that they need to be properly filtered and have some credibility.
    It is not as if the government under scrutiny is filled with self -serving scoundrels plundering the country's wealth like their neighbours,they are actually trying to deliver and serve the people, albeit with warts and all, criticism can be welcome but it has to be constructive with alternatives offered, otherwise its just like the noise made by noisy drunken football supporters.

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    Singapore, or other advanced countries in Asia offer a good role model for others,albeit with some warts.

    It is a breath of fresh air when compared to others in the region run by people with vested interests
    supported by rich people clamouring for a greater share of wealth, rewarding unproductive people ,
    creating ever more monopolies and oligopolies in key resources such as water etc.etc. while the
    bulk of the population struggle with their daily lives with high prices, bad services, poor health and safety etc .etc.
    I wonder if these poor people are living in an ancient feudal society where the rich and influential pull all the strings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taneepak View Post
    Is this a sign of a change in Singapore accepting a new and more diverse viewpoint? www.journalism.sg/2010/11/10/government-endorses-mainstream-medias-role-in-carrying-diverse-opinion/.
    It now acknowledges that they may not agree with say a person's opposing opinions but would at least set them thinking about them. It now at least says it wants a thinking population, with a diversity of opinions, not a subservient or unthinking media.

    Loh, what do you think? It would be good if more members post here but this will only happen if you can offer a similar "welcome mat" (in writing without preconditions, so as not to be too patronizing) to what your PM and SM have so boldly staed.

    Let it be a reminder what the Mod has said in post #67 of the following link:

    http://www.badmintoncentral.com/foru...Also-Can/page4

    "This is a free forum set up by a generous and sagacious badminton fan.

    Posted opinions on any issue from any perspective are always welcome --

    -- provided that the language is English, the opinion is sane, the tone is civil and the content's core is NOT political, religious or otherwise inflammatory in nature.

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    But why don't we see members contributing to this thread? This thread is perhaps the record holder for being one-sided from a grand total of one or two.

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    There are already hundreds of benchmarks and census comparing and benchmarking

    the achievements of the various societies here. Either people here dont understand the meaning of benchmarks

    or they think all the info from UNESCO etc etc is unreliable and all those rouge sites with dubious identities and info

    is more reliable.

    To cut the matter short Loh's intention of feeding data here is to inform people in BC developments in Singapore.

    If you think he is showing off, just start your own thread and show off whatever you want to show off .

    I think it is typical regional mentaility, people just cant stand people talking about their progress, they cannot compete

    and just find negative ways to put down people who are successful, some kind of sour grapes.

    Anyway it is just a duel between two people and should be seen in just that light.

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    Default PM Lee calls for coordinated policy measures towards sustainable growth

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    12 November 2010 0132 hrs

    SEOUL, South Korea: Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has urged G20 countries to demonstrate common resolve and coordinated policy measures towards a strong, sustainable and balanced growth.

    Speaking at the G20 summit on Thursday, Mr Lee said the key point is that members - developing and developed - need a clear framework of policy and reform measures to achieve that.

    He said structural reforms would, however, require resolve to carry through. The outcome of these reform measures will take time to address imbalances and sustain growth.

    Mr Lee said these medium-term structural reforms should be complemented with exchange rate adjustments that reflect economic fundamentals to alleviate inflationary pressures and improve domestic living standards.

    There is also scope for higher-growth economies to appreciate their currencies over the medium term.

    Mr Lee said what ultimately matters are not bilateral rates against the US dollar, but effective exchange rates against all trading partners.

    What also matters are real, not nominal, exchange rates that is not just face values of currencies, but also taking into account the relative wages and productivity of workers.

    Mr Lee said this can be done through letting nominal exchange rates appreciate over time to take part of this adjustment.

    It can also be done without undermining competitiveness, especially if productivity remains high.

    - AFP/de


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    Default China's Vice President Xi to make official visit to S'pore

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    11 November 2010 2046 hrs

    SINGAPORE : The Vice President of China, Xi Jinping, is making an official three-day visit to Singapore from Sunday.

    It will be Mr Xi's first visit to Singapore in his current capacity.

    During the visit, Mr Xi will meet Singapore's President S R Nathan and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

    Mr Xi and Mr Lee will jointly witness the signing of a number of bilateral agreements.

    The Chinese Vice President will be hosted to a welcome dinner by Mr Lee.

    Mr Xi will also meet Singapore's Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong and Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew.

    Mr Goh and Mr Xi will be the guests-of-honour at a lunch jointly organised by the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Business China on Monday.

    Deputy Prime Minister Wong Kan Seng will also host Mr Xi to dinner.

    Mr Xi will attend two commemorative events celebrating the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Singapore and China.

    He will jointly officiate the groundbreaking ceremony for the China Cultural Centre with Mr Goh and unveil the Deng Xiaoping Commemorative Marker with Minister Mentor Lee.


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