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The Seduction of the Simple: Insights on Singapore's future directions

Book Description

At the crossroads of Singapore history, noted public intellectual and entrepreneur Devadas Krishnadas shares his insights on the intersecting realms of the social, political, and economic spheres of Singapore and where he thinks the country is headed. In the past two years, pivotal events such as the 2015 General Election, SG50: Singapore’s Golden Jubilee, and the passing of Lee Kuan Yew have captured the nation’s attention and provide cause for much-needed reflection and debate. This book is a compilation of articles where Devadas examines the ebbs and flows in Singapore’s societal, political, economic and external environment over the last two years and offers practical solutions to the challenges that lay ahead for Singapore.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. Contents
  5. Foreword
  6. Acknowledgements
  7. Author’s Note
  8. Prelude: Reasons
    1. • (ST) The Seduction Of The Simple
  9. Part 1: Politics
    1. 1.1 Changes in Singapore’s Political Landscape
      1. • (ST) ‘All Lose, Lose All’ Risk If Political Provocateurs Win
      2. • (FB) The 2014 National Day Rally: An Impression Of Significance
      3. • (TODAY) The Political Forces Shaping Our Future
      4. • (Yahoo) Risks Singapore May Face In 2015
      5. • (ST) Political Change At The Ballot Box
      6. • (ST) Moral Roles Of The Elected President
    2. 1.2 GE 2015: Power from the People
      1. • (ST) The ‘X’ Factor In Voting
      2. • (FB) Raise The Level Of Public Debate
      3. • (FB) Voters Make Elections, Not Politicians
      4. • (FB) The Colour Of A Corner
      5. • (FB) 60 Hours
      6. • (FB) Winning Where It Matters Most
    3. 1.3 Evolving Political Ideas
      1. • (ST) Protests That Matter
      2. • (FB) When Pragmatism Is Not A Virtue
      3. • (FB) Ideas And Ideals
      4. • (FB) Making More Of The Bukit Batok By-Election: A Race For The Bottom
      5. • (FB) Saying Goodbye To Chee
  10. Part 2: Public Policy
    1. 2.1 Good Governance
      1. • (FB) The Albatross, The Tiger And The Lion
      2. • (TODAY) Civil Service: Keeping It A Success Factor
      3. • (FB) The Meaning Of A Ruling
    2. 2.2 Public Policies
      1. • (TODAY) Why It’s So Hard For Singaporeans To Understand CPF
      2. • (TODAY) What CPF Reform Should Achieve
      3. • (FB) Train Pains
      4. • (FB) Holding Power — Or How We Can Win Even When We Lose
      5. • (TODAY) When A Public Display Of Regulation Is Not Needed
      6. • (ST) Time For A Ministry Of Successful Ageing
  11. Part 3: Public Economics and Business
    1. 3.1 Singapore’s Economic Policy
      1. • (ST) Expectations For Budget 2016 As Recession Looms
      2. • (FB) A Search For More Good Years
      3. • (TODAY) Budget 2015: Making Dollars And Sense
      4. • (TODAY) Budget 2015: An Inclusive And Progressive Package
      5. • (ST) What The PM Did Not Talk About: The Economy
      6. • (TODAY) Is Trickle-Down Economics Working For Singapore?
      7. • (ST) Rethinking Tripartism
      8. • (FB) The Economics Of Wish Fulfilment
      9. • (TODAY) Singapore’s Future Rests On Its Evolving Economy
    2. 3.2 Sharpening Our Competitive Edge
      1. • (FB) Right Not To Care, Not, Care About Rights
      2. • (Yahoo) The Future Of Work Calls For Policy Change In Singapore
      3. • (TODAY) The Tough Must Get Going In Singapore’s New Economics
      4. • (TODAY) SMEs Need Competition, Not Just Subsidies
      5. 3.3 Finding Growth
      6. • (TODAY) Growing The Economy The Smart Way
      7. • (ST) For Singapore To Innovate, Ambitions, Values Need To Change
      8. • (ST) Adaptation — The Most Essential Skill
      9. • (ST) Why A Safe Job Is Risky Business For Singapore
      10. • (FB) Adventurous Capitalism — Getting Back Our Mojo
  12. Part 4: Shaping Up Singapore
    1. 4.1 Social Enablers
      1. • (FB) Poly Education: Time To Face Reality
      2. • (ST) Aspire To Expand The Economic Pie
    2. 4.2 Attitude and Aptitude
      1. • (FB) Lessons For Entrepreneurs From The Martian And Revenant
      2. • (FB) Lessons From The Tireless Tyre Man
      3. • (FB) The Imperatives Of And For Entrepreneurship
      4. • (FB) The Need For A “Do” Culture
      5. • (TODAY) Handling Change Has Always Been A Part Of The Singaporean DNA
    3. 4.3 Civil Society
      1. • (FB) Justice In The Here And Now
      2. • (FB) The Season Of Giving
      3. • (ST) In A National Crisis, Can We Count On You, Singapore?
      4. • (TODAY) What Kind Of Society Do We Want To Be?
      5. • (ST) Tolerance Alone Is Not Enough
  13. Part 5: Looking Outwards and Forward
    1. 5.1 Looking Outwards
      1. • (TODAY) The Contrasting Fates Of Singapore And Malaysia
      2. • (FB) Getting Perspective
      3. • (TODAY) Understanding China
      4. • (TODAY) The Forces That Drive The Chinese Communist Party
      5. • (TODAY) Getting Growth Right (This Time)
      6. • (FB) One Night In Paris
      7. • (FB) Lessons From Orlando
      8. • (FB) Dancing To The Music Of Our Time
      9. • (ST) Prepare For The Inevitable: Terror At Home
    2. 5.2 What’s Next
      1. • (TODAY) SG50: Look To The Future, Too, Not Only The Past
      2. • (FB) The Year After SG50 — Hangover 2016
      3. • (TODAY) Lee Kuan Yew’s Death Should Not Cause S’pore To Lose Confidence
      4. • (FB) Living Without Lee
      5. • (TODAY) Put Singapore First In The Years To Come
  14. Conclusion: The Journey Continues
  15. About The Author