July 19, 2009
February 25, 2008
YEARS of strong economic growth have failed to stem Singapore’s skilled youths from leaving for a better life abroad, with the number topping 1,000 a year.
This works out to 4%-5%, or three in 10, of the highly educated population, a severe brain drain for a small, young nation, according to Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew.
Such high-end emigration is usually associated with less better-off countries where living conditions are poor. Here the opposite is the case.
Last year the economy created almost 200,000 jobs, far in excess of the 38,000 births recorded.
The future doesn’t look better, either, despite Lee holding out promises of “a golden period” in the next five to 10 years.
Lee believes the exodus, which has been worrying him for two decades, could only grow because “every year, there are more people going abroad for their first or second degree.”
The emigration rate, one of the highest in the world on a per capita basis, is a blow to the government, particularly to Lee, who takes pride in building up this once poor squatter colony into a glittering global city.
Recommended by at82: "Foreigners more than make up for increasing local outflow; unfortunately it doesn’t help consolidate nationhood."
June 29, 2007
There's something absolutely magical and beautiful about sharing something with someone you don't know. And I don't mean sharing a pen or a pencil, or something of that sort. I'm talking about sharing something intimate like an umbrella.
Recommended by tinkertailor: "A heart-warming post."
April 23, 2007
Daniel Chin said:
Yesterday, Singapore’s exchange market was rife with speculation about a possible merger of the two land transport giants: ComfortDelGro and SMRT. As a result, their share prices skyrocketed between 5.9% and 6.6% at closing.
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "An insightful analysis into the merger news."
February 19, 2007
"Was on the train home @ 18th Feb 10.30pm. Going home from dhoby ghaut when i saw this guy lying across 3 1/2 seat happily sleeping away~
The train was sought of cramp at that time as everyone was going home after last minute of shopping. The auntie that sat near his head there shifted away when he tried to move further up for more space."
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "You can see many passengers that love to sleep on the train. Not sit sleeping but lay down on the seats spreading out like a bed! "
December 22, 2006
August 07, 2005
Johnny Malkavian devises a brainteaser:
Spades, the most intelligent of the four, devised a plan to allow the four of them to sneak off one starlit evening. The King, sensing that something wasn’t right, got up from his royal bed and did a check on his guard, only to find that there were still exactly 9 guards on each side of his chambers, all decked out in full armour and dutifully patrolling his station.