Productivity Fail!

Productivity Fail!

Is it really a mystery why productivity levels in Singapore remain abysmal despite government efforts to restructure? Here is a light-hearted series of real photos culled from our local media that shows how we are better at brute force economic grinding than working smart. Changi Airport employs a real-life scarecrow. Benefits include big yellow car. Apparently the airport has never heard of automation. Two NEA officers checking a “massive” hole for mosquito breeding. At this rate, is it any wonder they need to hire another 300 such officers in the next two months, for a total of 1,150? Four guys (presumably)…

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Students driven away literally

From Straits Times Forum: TUESDAY’S article (“More subjects to choose from, so fewer take pure literature”) revealed the startling statistic that 3,000 students took pure literature last year, compared with 16,970 in 1992. Senior Minister of State for Education Indranee Rajah said this decline “needs to be understood in the context of an education system responsive to a changing social context, and which has offered increasingly more curricular choices for students over time”. This is misleading. The initial drastic drop in the candidature for literature occurred in 1992, when the practice of ranking schools based on academic results started. The…

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Manuscripts don’t burn, PAP

In the Russian classic novel The Master and Margarita, the Devil descends upon Moscow in human form, bringing with him his group of sidekicks. Amongst the unworldly entourage is the big, evil cat Behemoth who finds demonic pleasure in challenging people, use of firearms and violent punishments such as twisting off people’s heads. They go around terrorising the people of the city, especially those who dare question the Devil’s existence. The Master and Margarita is a book that satirises a Stalinist state of suffocating bureaucratic order and repression of artistic expression. In Singapore, Behemoth morphs into the form of a…

Entitlement mentality

Entitlement mentality

From Channel NewsAsia: “The government will always do its part to help the less fortunate especially through education, through housing, through financial assistance schemes but also through upholding meritocracy and keeping paths up open,” said [Prime Minister] Lee. […] But Mr Lee stressed that the government is not able to do everything for the less fortunate. He said: “The government cannot, and should not do, try to do everything. It is too impersonal. It can be bureaucratic and help then becomes a matter of social administration, not of care and compassion. And eventually, this fosters an entitlement mentality, instead of…

PM Lee congratulates Obama on re-election win

PM Lee congratulates Obama on re-election win

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A foreign intrusion

From Channel NewsAsia: Chong Pang residents can own one cat per flat Good news for feline lovers in Chong Pang. From today, residents in the area’s 123 blocks are allowed to own one cat per flat under the “Love Cats” programme. See also previous post: Chong Pang cat programme? You’re having us!

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A Singaporean society anchored by values

From Channel NewsAsia: (Mr Lawrence Wong) also noted that many Singaporeans are talking about the kind of values they would like to have for the future. “In all the conversations I’ve attended, the issue of values comes out quite a lot,” said Mr Wong. “Many Singaporeans do talk about them, desiring to have a society that’s anchored by values… people (want) a kinder (and) a more gracious society.”

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Sex.Violence.FamilyValues – To ban or not to ban

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Singapore work-from-home initiative

Channel NewsAsia: Singapore has one of the highest percentages of employees working from home, with companies embracing work-life harmony as a way to improve productivity and employee retention. According to a survey by a Singapore specialist recruitment firm, Robert Half, 87 per cent of Singapore employers allow their staff to work from home, compared to the global average of 79 per cent. Only Hong Kong (94 per cent) and Switzerland (94 per cent) have a higher percentage of employees allowed to work from home, while Italy (45 per cent) and Chile (38 per cent) have the lowest percentage of employees…

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When Harry Met Sally

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Misguided Fans

Opposition Roundtable

Opposition Roundtable

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