When, Trevor Tan, 30, is in the office, he is not always hard at work. In fact, Tan, an editor at a publishing firm, spends a certain amount of time each day surfing the internet for news, travel information, and checking out sites like Facebook. He is quite open about this, saying he is online for personal use "throughout the day."

 

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Catching up with the Chief Executive Officer of the National Environmental Agency (NEA), Andrew Tan, Elaine Ee learns about his desire to build meaningful connections, his impressions of former Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, and his thoughts on an elusive work-in- progress – the new Singapore story.

 

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Kwek Mean Luck, Deputy Secretary (Development) of the Public Service Division, shares what drives him in life.

 

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Creating Space for People to Rise and Succeed
Singapore Needs a New Narrative
Cyberloafing: Cost or Benefit?

Issues

Human rights lawyers in Singapore are a rare and precious breed. In a republic where political, press and civil liberties are only just starting to look up, fighting for human rights was, and to some extent still is, a noble but extremely difficult cause. What kind of person then goes down this path and sticks to it?

 

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I was a teenager when the news that a group of people, including members of the Catholic Church, had been arrested for being Marxist conspirators exploded all over the media. I remember being shocked. I remember attending a church service shortly after the news had broken, organized to show support for those that had been arrested and for the Church. The church was packed to the gills.

 

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Finally, the government is addressing the issue of preschool education in Singapore. It has set up a committee to improve preschool education, and will also set up a statutory board to help develop and regulate this sector. It’s all good, hopefully. But a major fundamental issue remains unaddressed here, one that puts a huge load on parents with children in preschool - the fees.

 

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Put Free Preschool Education on the Agenda
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Beyond the Blue Gate by teo Soh Lung
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Kampong Boy by M Ravi