50 Years Of Social Issues In Singapore

Author: Chan David
Publisher: World Scientific
ISBN: 9814632635
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The social context of Singapore is changing rapidly, and understanding how people think, feel and behave in various situations has become a key driver of effectiveness in addressing social issues. 50 Years of Social Issues in Singapore provides a comprehensive review and examination of various social issues at multiple levels of analysis including the individual, group and society.This invaluable book adopts a translational approach to social issues in Singapore by explicitly bridging intellectual and practical perspectives. Contributed by a distinguished team of authors, the chapters examine the critical ideas underlying public debates of social issues and their policy and practical implications.The book is organized into three parts. Part I examines issues of population and social fundamentals in Singapore such as ageing, marriage, urban planning, healthcare and racial and religious harmony. Part II analyses Singapore's social progress through issues of inclusivity such as social mobility, developing communities and marginal groups that deserve more attention. Part III focuses on core principles and social processes related to social justice, doing good, social media and approaches to understanding and addressing social issues in Singapore.Most importantly, the chapters in this book clearly identify many of the critical, unresolved and emerging questions on various social issues that will guide the next generation of public discussion and policy deliberations on what matter in Singapore.

50 Years of the Chinese Community in Singapore

Author: Cheng Lian Pang
Publisher: World Scientific
ISBN: 9814675423
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' Singapore''s success story is essentially a "people" story. Singaporeans have good reason to celebrate the nation''s golden jubilee with pride. In the short space of five decades the country has moved from Third World to First, and its real GDP has grown by 40 times! For this phenomenal progress, credit must go to its people, the Republic''s primary resource. Against all odds and amidst dire predictions, Singaporeans proved that a united and resourceful community could build a nation from scratch. This book is dedicated to one segment of these Singaporeans — the Chinese community. In particular, this collection of essays focuses on the Chinese speaking members of the community whose many contributions are less familiar to those brought up on a strict diet of the English language. This celebratory book is divided into four broad categories. The first section examines the major Chinese organisations and their contributions in the past five decades. These include the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry, the Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations, the Chinese Development Assistance Council and the Chinese Heritage Centre. In addition, it looks at the history and work of some of the social clubs and charitable organisations in the Chinese community. The second section examines some community issues that have engaged the Chinese community in Singapore''s first 50 years. Two senior journalists and two academics review the evolution of the Chinese language, the integration of new immigrants from China and the influence of Chinese religions. The five essays in the third section trace the development of Chinese visual and performing art in the Republic. The last section looks at the interactions between Singapore''s Chinese community and China on the one hand, and with the regional Chinese communities on the other. The contributors of this salute to the Chinese community are/ have been directly involved or are passionate about the subjects of their essays. Readership: General public, researchers and students interested in learning about the significant roles and contributors of the Chinese community in Singapore in the last 50 years. Key Features:This is first of its kind in English, credible, holistic and readableA good summary of the community after 50 years of independenceContributors are specially invited because of their close association to the organisations and the different topicsKeywords:Chinese Community;Chineses Language;New Immigrants;Chinese Organisations;Chinese Culture;External Relations "As Singapore celebrates SG50 this year, the publication of this book to document the Chinese community''s contributions towards nation-building, is indeed timely and of great significance. This book records the resilience, the gumption and the confidence exemplified by our forefathers as they toiled to build a nation we are proud of today.The book not only encapsulates the development of the Chinese community in Singapore, it is also a tribute to our pioneers who have dedicated their lives to the nation." Chua Thian Poh President of Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations “We are delighted that the Chamber''s achievements and contributions have been included in this celebratory book on Singapore''s Chinese community. We take pride that the SCCCI with its network of 4,000 corporate members and more than 150 trade association members covering 40,000 enterprises, has made its mark in the history of Singapore.” Thomas Chua President of the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry '

50 Years of Urban Planning in Singapore

Author: Chye Kiang Heng
Publisher: World Scientific
ISBN: 9814656488
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' 50 Years of Urban Planning in Singapore is an accessible and comprehensive volume on Singapore''s planning approach to urbanization. Organized into three parts, the first section of the volume, ''Paradigms, Policies, and Processes'', provides an overview of the ideologies and strategies underpinning urban planning in Singapore; the second section, ''The Built Environment as a Sum of Parts'', delves into the key land use sectors of Singapore''s urban planning system; and the third section, ''Urban Complexities and Creative Solutions'', examines the challenges and considerations of planning for the Singapore of tomorrow. The volume brings together the diverse perspectives of practitioners and academics in the professional and research fields of planning, architecture, urbanism, and city-making. Contents:Paradigms, Policies & Processes:The Early Years of Nation-Building: Reflections on Singapore''s Urban History (Alan F C Choe)Planning & Urbanisation in Singapore: A 50-Year Journey (Liu Thai Ker)Economic Planning for Productivity, Growth, and Prosperity (Philip Yeo)Environmental Planning for Sustainable Development (Tan Yong Soon)The Built Environment as a Sum of Parts:Planning to Overcome the Constraints of Scarcity (Ng Lang)Making Singapore a Liveable and Sustainable City: Our Urban Systems Approach (Khoo Teng Chye and Remy Guo)The Evolution of HDB Towns (Cheong Koon Hean)Transportation: Mobility, Accessibility, and Connectivity (Mohinder Singh)Industry Planning in Singapore (Tang Hsiao Ling)Greening Singapore: Past Achievements, Emerging Challenges (Tan Puay Yok)50 Years of Urban Planning & Tourism (Pamelia Lee)Shaping Singapore''s Cityscape Through Urban Design (Goh Hup Chor & Heng Chye Kiang)Urban Complexities & Creative Solutions:Conserving Urban Heritage: Remembering the Past in a Developmental City-State (Lily Kong)Public Housing and Community Development: Planning for Urban Diversity in a City-State (Tan Ern Ser)Era of Globalisation: Singapore''s New Urban Economy and the Rise of a World Asian City (Ho Kong Chong)Towards Greater Sustainability and Liveability in an Urban Age (Heng Chye Kiang and Yeo Su-Jan)Perspectives on the Future of Urban Planning in SingaporeChallenges for a New Era (Peter Ho) Readership: Urban planning, architecture, and urban conservation and heritage practitioners; introductory-level urban studies, public policy, and urban administration students; and members of the general public interested in learning more about the history of urban planning in Singapore over the past 50 years. '

50 Years Of Science In Singapore

Author: Lim Hock
Publisher: World Scientific
ISBN: 9813140917
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As part of the commemorative book series on Singapore's 50 years of nation-building, this important compendium traces the history and development of the various sectors of Singapore science in the last 50 years or so. The book covers the government agencies responsible for science funding and research policy, the academic institutions and departments who have been in the forefront of the development of the nation's scientific manpower and research, the research centres and institutes which have been breaking new ground in both basic and applied science research, science museums and education, and the academic and professional institutions which the scientific community has set up to enable Singapore scientists to serve the nation more effectively. Each article is chronicled by eminent authors who have played important roles and made significant contributions in shaping today's achievement of science in Singapore. Professionals, academics, students and the general public will find this volume a useful reference material and an inspirational easy read.

50 Years of Singapore and the United Nations

Author: Tommy Koh
Publisher: World Scientific
ISBN: 9814713066
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In 2015, Singapore marks the 50th anniversary of its independence, and the United Nations (UN) the 70th anniversary of its founding. This book celebrates 50 years of a mutually beneficial relationship between Singapore and the UN. In the early years of Singapore's independence, the UN system provided Singapore with many benefits which were helpful in Singapore's journey from the Third World to the First. As Singapore has made progress in its developmental journey, it is now able to give back to the international community through programmes such as the Singapore Cooperation Programme (SCP), under which officials from developing countries are offered training in areas which are beneficial to their countries. Singapore has actively contributed to improving global governance and strengthening institutions that are important to the management of global issues at the UN, IMF, World Bank, IMO, etc. The Singapore Government has also sent its soldiers and police officers to participate in UN's peace-keeping and peace-making operations. This volume brings together 45 essays by Singaporeans who have made or are making important contributions to the work of the UN system. The reader will be able to learn about the UN as seen through the eyes of Singaporeans who have served as Ambassadors to the United Nations in New York and Geneva, the World Trade Organization, or as professional staff in the various specialised agencies, programmes and funds that are part of the UN. We hope that the life stories and experiences shared by the essayists will remind readers that although Singapore is a very small country, we are a good global citizen and have tried to make this a better world. Contents:Foreword by PM Lee Hsien LoongMessage by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moonPreface by Tommy Koh, Li Lin Chang and Joanna KohStatement to the 20th Session of the General Assembly by S RajaratnamAddress to the UN 50th Anniversary Special Commemorative Meeting by Goh Chok TongUnited Nations (New York)United Nations (Geneva) · WTO · GATTUnited Nations Specialised AgenciesUnited Nations PeacekeepingUnited Nations Secretariat Readership: Statesmen, policy-makers, diplomats, scholars and anyone who may be interested in Singapore and the United Nations, and international relations. Keywords:United Nations;Singapore;GLobal Governance;UN System;Nation-Building;Small State

50 Years Of Engineering In Singapore

Author: Cham Tao Soon
Publisher: World Scientific
ISBN: 9814632317
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An underpinning force in Singapore's remarkable 50-year transformation into a sophisticated world-class city, engineering has contributed significantly to the nation's economic, infrastructural and social developments. A joint publication by The Institution of Engineers, Singapore, and World Scientific Publishing, to celebrate Singapore's 50th birthday, 50 Years of Engineering in Singapore brings to life the extraordinary engineering feats across multiple disciplines and tells the stories of these exceptional engineers who, with their determinations and courage, turned the little red dot into a jewel of a city. A vibrant record of engineering excellence, the publication traces the goliath challenges impeding the nation's growth over the past five decades, and the engineering innovations that brought about wealth creation, higher standards of living, and enhanced liveability. This compendium covers land transportation (ERP system, MRT and LRT, roads and buses system); water management and engineering; energy (supply and maintenance); manufacturing in the areas of electronics, precision engineering, chemical and pharmaceutical/bio-medical engineering; housing/cities/infrastructure and land use (reclamation and underground); air and sea hub; and telecommunications, ICT and software. Contents: Foreword by DPM Teo Chee HeanForeword by Er. Edwin KhewEditor's Remark by Prof Cham Tao SoonAcknowledgementsLand TransportationWaterEnergyManufacturingBuildings & InfrastructureAerospaceInfocomm TechnologyOffshore & MarineHealth & SafetyConclusion: Engineers for the FutureIndex Readership: Researchers, professionals, academics, and laymen interested in all aspects of engineering. Keywords: Global Hub;Manufacturing;Electronics Engineering;Chemical Engineering;Bio-Medical Engineering;Infrastructure;Transportation;Water Management;Energy;SoftwareReview:0

Singapore s Health Care System

Author: K. E. T. Al SATKU
Publisher: World Scientific
ISBN: 9814696064
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"How did Singapore's health care system transform itself into one of the best in the world? It not only provides easy access, but its standards of health care, not only in curative medicine but also in prevention, are exemplary. Fifty years ago, the infant mortality rate (IMR) was 26 per thousand live births; today the IMR is 2. Life expectancy was 64 years then; today, it is 83. The Singapore Medicine brand is trusted internationally, and patients are drawn to Singapore from all over the world. And while many countries struggle to finance their health care, Singapore has developed a health care financing framework that makes health care affordable for its people and gives sustainability to the health care system. Reliability is provided by a professional workforce that seeks to continually learn, improve and become ever more proficient with cutting edge technology while emphasizing the relational aspects of health care by nurturing compassion and maintaining high standards of integrity. Convenience and safety are enhanced by a unifying IT system that enables the portability of medical records across health care institutions. All these have been achieved not by chance but by careful planning, strong leadership and dedicated people who are prepared to learn from Singapore's own experience while adapting best practices from around the world. But the system is not without challenges -- not least those of an aging population, and an increasing market influence. This book provides a fascinating insight into the development of Singapore's health care system from the early days of fighting infections and providing nutrition supplementation for school children, to today's management of lifestyle diseases and high-end tertiary care. It also discusses how the system must adapt to help Singaporeans continue to "live well, live long, and with peace of mind."--

Perspectives on the Security of Singapore

Author: Barry Desker
Publisher: World Scientific
ISBN: 9814689351
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Perspectives on the Security of Singapore: The First 50 Years explores the security of Singapore in the last 50 years and its possible trajectories into the future. This volume brings together the diverse perspectives of a team of academics with different expertise, ranging from history to political science to security studies with a common interest in Singapore. The book is further boosted by the recollections of key civil servants involved with foreign affairs and defence, such as S R Nathan, Peter Ho, Bilahari Kausikan and Philip Yeo. Contents:IntroductionPart 1:Singapore's Conception of Security (Ang Cheng Guan)National Security and Singapore: An Assessment (Norman Vasu and Bernard Loo)Deliquescent Security Threats: Singapore in the Era of Hyper-Globalisation (Alan Chong)Singapore and Global Governance: Free-Rider or Responsible Stakeholder? (Tan See Seng)The Challenge of Strategic Intelligence for the Singapore Armed Forces (Kwa Chong Guan)Desecuritisation and after Desecuritisation: The Water Issue in Singapore–Malaysia Relations (S R Joey Long)Singapore's Security in the Context of Singapore–Malaysia–Indonesia Relations (Bilveer Singh)Singapore's Relations with Malaysia and Indonesia (Theophilus Kwek and Joseph Chinyong Liow)International Missions of the Singapore Armed Forces: How Far Would You Go? (Katie Tan and Ong Weichong)Why the FPDA Still Matters to Singapore (Ralf Emmers)Singapore in ASEAN's Quest toward a Security Community (Mely Caballero-Anthony)Singapore and the Great Powers (Khong Yuen Foong)The Changing Terrorist Threat Landscape in Singapore (Rohan Gunaratna)Managing Religious Diversity in Singapore: Context and Challenges (Mohammad Alami Musa and Mohamed Imran Mohamed Taib)Part 2:Personal ReminiscencesSafeguarding Singapore's Security: Defence and Diplomacy (S R Nathan)Organising for National Security — The Singapore Experience (Peter Ho)Pragmatic Adaptation, Not Grand Strategy, Shaped Singapore Foreign Policy (Bilahari Kausikan)Dr Goh Keng Swee and the Building of Singapore's Defence Industrial Capability (Philip Yeo)Conclusion: Strategic Certainties Facing Singapore in 2065 (Barry Desker) Readership: Undergraduate and graduate students, researchers and academics, and general public interested in security studies in general and in Singapore. Key Features:This is possibly the first scholarly collective effort/book on the subject of security of SingaporeThe contributors are academics within (and associated with) the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), the only school cum think-tank that specialises in security issues in SingaporeThe contributors include former top civil servants who played a significant role in the shaping and conduct of Singapore's foreign and defence policiesKeywords:Security;Foreign Policy;Singapore

Singapore s Economic Development

Author: Linda Y C Lim
Publisher: World Scientific
ISBN: 9814723487
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' Singapore is known internationally for its successful economic development. Key to its economic successes is a variety of policies put into place over the past 50 years since its independence. Singapore''s Economic Development: Retrospection and Reflections provides a retrospective analysis of independent Singapore''s economic development, from the perspective of different policy domains each considered by different expert scholars in that particular field. The book is written by academic economists in a style that is accessible to non-experts. Each chapter includes reviews of past scholarship, current data on each policy area, and reflections on required or desirable future policy changes and outcomes. By examining the evolution of past and current policies which combined to make Singapore''s development a success and exploring emerging developmental challenges, Singapore''s Economic Development: Retrospection and Reflections gives readers a better understanding of Singapore''s economic trajectory and future. Contents:Fifty Years of Development in the Singapore Economy: An Introductory Review (Linda Y C Lim)Governance and Economic Change in Singapore (Lee Soo Ann)Lessons of Singapore''s Development for Other Developing Economies (Tilak Abeysinghe)The Role of the State in Singapore: Pragmatism in Pursuit of Growth (Tan Kim Song and Manu Bhaskaran)Monetary Policy and Financial Sector Development (Peter Wilson)Public Financial Management in Singapore: Key Characteristics and Prospects (Mukul G Asher, Azad Singh Bali and Chang Yee Kwan)Labor, Productivity and Singapore''s Development Model (Pang Eng Fong and Linda Y C Lim)Globalization and Regionalization: Singapore''s Trade and FDI (Chia Siow Yue)Singapore''s Demographic Transition, the Labor Force and Government Policies: The Last 50 Years (Yap Mui Teng and Christopher Gee)Singapore''s Housing Policies: Responding to the Challenges of Economic Transitions (Sock-Yong Phang)Adding a Basic Pillar to the Central Provident Fund System: An Actuarial Analysis (Ngee-Choon Chia)Being Poor in a Rich "Nanny State": Developments in Singapore Social Welfare (Irene Y H Ng)Energy and Environmental Policy (Youngho Chang)About the Contributors Readership: General readers, researchers and academics alike who are interested in Singapore''s economics and development since its independence. Key Features:It is a multi-author volume covering different policy areas all focused on economic development, thus providing both depth and breadth. The authors are all established senior Singaporean or Singapore-based scholars known for their expertise in the specific policy area each addressesIt provides both a comprehensive historical overview and an up-to-date contemporary analysisIt identifies not only the well-known successes of the past but also the challenges of the present and future now that Singapore is an ageing, affluent, mature economy, identifying limitations of past and current policies and suggesting possible changesKeywords:Singapore;Economy;Development'