Sunday, August 14, 2011

Some are more equal than others.

I believe some would say that the foreigners are getting screwed in Singapore.

Well, that's is true to some extent,
Foreign worker protests on top of 30m crane
Singapore Sees Fall in Foreign Workers' Pay Complaints
Jobless migrant workers protest in Singapore again

Everything in Singapore requires a permit, prostitution, casinos, begging, street performing. Protests are rare in Singapore, where public speeches and demonstrations are banned unless they are approved by the government, or take place at a designated place called Speaker's Corner.

A Singaporean in a similar situation would -- be arrested.
Singaporeans arrested for protest in support of Burmese Activists
4 SDP members arrested for protesting against the Singapore government’s involvement with the Burmese junta

Singaporean first mentality or approach by the government? Its looking more like Singaporeans go to jail first.

-- Ironbowl

Dual citizenship is not allowed for Singaporeans, but why is it allowed for a PRC? and why is she getting a scholarship along with it?

Archiving it before it is taken down or edited.

Meet this year's President's Scholars

SINGAPORE - One is a future doctor who hopes to initiate changes in palliative care and healthcare expenditure by being part of the policy-making process. The other does not rule out joining politics and believes that the private housing market can play a bigger role to provide homes for the people.

Mr Nigel Fong and Mr Yoong Ren Yan, both 19 and two of this year's four President's Scholars, have yet to embark on their university studies but they are already clear about how they can contribute to society.

Mr Yoong, who will be studying philosophy, politics and economics at Oxford University in the United Kingdom, told Today that his past internship stint at the Ministry of National Development had spurred his interest in public housing policies - an area he is keen to explore upon graduation.

The son of a lawyer and a teacher said the development of Singapore over the years could allow some of the policies to be re-examined, such as reducing the percentage of people living in public housing from the current 80 per cent of population, and allowing for more private housing to provide more options for everyone.

Meanwhile, Mr Yoong's good friend and Raffles Institution schoolmate, Mr Fong, has chosen to reject a funded liberal arts offer at the prestigious Harvard University - in favour of pursuing medicine at the National University of Singapore.

"My parents thought I am crazy ... but contributing to the field of medicine and the healthcare system here is something which I hope to do," he said.

The keen debater said there is room for improvement in the current healthcare model, by moving away from a "return from investment" approach, including providing more subsidies for patients in palliative care who may no longer be fit to work.

And for this pair of straight As scorers, it was community work outside school which had invoked their empathy and compassion for the needy.

"I came to realise that things are not always what they seem ... Singapore is a rich country but beneath that are still many poor people.", said Mr Yoong.

Mr Fong also urged his peers to not just focus on building credentials.

"Being a President's Scholar is a title but it is important to look beyond that ... not just to do so many activities to build a good CV but to actually do everything for a passion," said Mr Fong, who has been helping out at Meet-the-People Sessions conducted by Member of Parliament Jessica Tan in Simei for the past three years.

Apart from the two friends, two other 19-year-olds also received their commendations from President S R Nathan last night.

Miss Xiao Yifei , who came from China when she was four and holds dual citizenship, said she sees herself very much a Singaporean with roots in this country.

Miss Xiao, who plans to study international relations in the United States, attributed her success to support from parents and teachers.

Mr Aaron Koh, a recipient of the Singapore Armed Forces Overseas Scholarship, said he sees "no higher calling than serving the nation".

Mr Koh, who would not have been able to study overseas without any financial aid, said: "Getting a merit-based scholarship is not only an affirmation of my hard work but such a scheme also equalises opportunities for all in spite of socio-economical backgrounds".

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