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“Reclaiming the Core” – Speech at Hong Lim Park – Protest Against White Paper 16 Feb 2013
White Paper on Population 2013

“Reclaiming the Core” – Speech at Hong Lim Park – Protest Against White Paper 16 Feb 2013

Fellow Singaporeans, The White Paper has stated that it places Singaporeans at the Core. The question is – has it really? What does it mean for Singaporeans to be placed at the Core? I will argue that the White Paper has not placed Singaporeans at the core. And Singaporeans must reclaim our rightful space – at … Continue reading

Punggol Pandemonium – The Ruling Party Still Does Not Get It
Elections

Punggol Pandemonium – The Ruling Party Still Does Not Get It

The Ruling Party still does not get it. According to mainstream media reports, the Ruling Party attributed the loss of Punggol East to 2 reasons: (1) Voter unhappiness on the events surrounding Michael Palmer’s stepping down from MP-ship and (2) the By-Election Effect.  The message appears to be that the Government will still continue with … Continue reading

Restoring CLF (Complete Loss of Focus)
Community Leadership / Malay-Muslim Community / Meritocracy

Restoring CLF (Complete Loss of Focus)

Berita Harian (“BH”) carried an interesting debate on the CLF Convention on Dec 1st 2012. BH had translated and featured my blog piece, Returning the Concepts of “Community” and Leadership to CLF in an article here . BH also featured a response by Mendaki’s CEO and head of the CLF Secretariat. The thrust of the … Continue reading

Community Leadership / Education / Malay-Muslim Community

Statistical Analysis Supports National Approach on “Malay” Issues

Farhan Ali, a PhD candidate at Harvard University and a former RIMA Board member, wrote an excellent statistical analysis of the performance of Malay students over the last 20 years. Farhan found as follows: There is a strong correlation between Malay and national trends in % passes over the last 2 decades.  In other words, Malay … Continue reading

Putting “Community” and “Leadership” Back in CLF
Community Leadership / Malay-Muslim Community

Putting “Community” and “Leadership” Back in CLF

Today marked the commemoration of the 10th year of existence of the Community Leadership Forum (CLF).   A Convention was held with the tagline “A Community Connected: Renewing Common Purpose, Inspiring Engagement, Enabling Participation.” I was underwhelmed by the Event. I came with the high hopes that 2012 being the 10th year of existence, this … Continue reading

A National Approach to the “Malay” Problem
Community Leadership / Malay-Muslim Community / Meritocracy

A National Approach to the “Malay” Problem

The State has largely defined issues affecting the Malay-Muslim Community (MMC) in Singapore as community issues.   This has largely defined the way we address these problems – by placing the heavy burden on the Community, and in particular Malay-Muslim Organizations (MMOs), to find solutions.  This has, not surprisngly, been an uphill struggle which has … Continue reading