2015 is a year of illusion in Singapore. There are complexities, ambiguities, uncertainties, and unexpected results. Clearly, we don't have enough information or evidence to understand them. We are either lack of time or lack of information to make an informed judgment. Once we make a decision, we don't know whether it is right or wrong. But we still need to make decisions. The decisions cause illusion. 1. GE2015: illusion result 2. SGH Hep C: illusion reporting system 3. Liu Tuck Yew: illusion minister 4. MRT: illusion maintenance planning 5. Haze: illusion smoke 6. 7 schools without Sec. 1 students: illusion education planning 7. $150000 damage: illusion social media 8. Singapore and Greece: illusion stock index 9. SportsHub: illusion outsource expertise 10. RIP Lee Kuan Yew: perhaps, the biggest illusion of all time?
Suddenly there is a renew interest on 2-chamber parliament and the elected president system as seen in the Straits Times. Why? Despite getting nearly 70% endorsement in recent general election, what is the worry for the PAP? As the opinion piece writer suggested, with absolutely control of current one-house parliament, the PAP can easily remove the Elected President if he or she is found not suitable. This is actually the issue. With a one-party parliament, voters still want to have checks and balances. The IPS post-GE2015 survey clearly indicates such a trend or demand. If we look back in PE2011, voters were divided in their choice. And the pro-PAP candidate Tony Tan only won by few thousand votes. With an even one-sided parliament and stronger ‘mandate’ in 2015, how will it affect the ‘checks and balances’ position? Will they elect a non-PAP endorsed President to check the PAP government? It is highly possible. Anyway, an independent-minded President under the Constitution can not f…
"" ... when China becomes bigger and bigger, there will be more tensions between China and the rest of the world.…..First, ..., most likely the Chinese economy will face bigger and bigger challenge down the road because economy is becoming more and more complex, and society is becoming more and more multi dimensional.Second thing, ..., most likely the Chinese economy will not repeat what happened in the US or Japan during their economic emergenceThe third thing, ..., is that would the continued emerge of China, the relationship between China and the rest of the world, will be more and more complicated... major conflicts might be avoided. ""
[The Future Economy 2] Singapore is marching towards a smart city as well as a digital city. Our Smart Nation Vision declares: [Singapore is building the World's first Smart Nation by harnessing technology to the fullest with the aim of improving the lives of citizens,creating more opportunities, and building stronger communities.] ^1 Many government departments, for example, URA, HDB, LTA, IDA, etc. have also put forward their proposals for a Smart Nation. Below is just one of the examples.
Our future economy, as a city state, is linked to the digital world. IDA claims we will be the first nation in the world using and ‘harnessing technology’ in developing a smart city (= nation). Our future depends on our smart city planning. Mr. Heng Swee Kiat, who will be chairing the Future Economy Committee, indicates that his task is to move from a ‘value-adding’ to a ‘value-creating’ economy. He also points out five future challenges: jobs, companies, resources, technology and markets.^2 I…
[The Future Economy 1] In Marxism, capitalism comes before socialism and communism. Marx thinks after the working class gains class consciousness, they will mount a revolution against the capitalists. However, Marx’s Theory of Crisis failed and interestingly, with the help of government, capitalism survives as seen today.
Singapore is a beneficiary of capitalism. Our pragmatic model of capitalism has created wealth and progress for Singaporeans. In Marxism, it is an ideal situation for socialism as class aware emerges. In fact, all so-called communist states, past and present, have never experienced (modern) capitalism before calling themselves communists.
Why has communism not happened in western industrial world or authoritarian capitalist economy, like Singapore or China? Professor Ian Shapiro of Yale University explains the failure of Marx’s Theory of Crisis and thinks government and market reflection/adjustment have helped to prevent the fall of capitalism. (see video below).