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How Singapore creates its economic miracles | Globe and Mail

How Singapore creates its economic miracles | Globe and Mail | Possibility and Conflict and Prejudice Assignment by Amiruddin_01_3F | Scoop.it

 

When Gregory Wade left Research In Motion’s Asia Pacific headquarters here last fall, the logical thing to do might have been to pack up his family and head home to his native shore of British Columbia.

 

Instead, the eight-year expat joined an equity firm and continued preaching the economic miracle of Singapore, coaching Canadian firms looking to set up shop in the region as a vice-president for The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Singapore.

 

“You will sense a vibe of growth, of energy, a sense of entrepreneurship and the desire and interest to create new and innovative products and services,” said Mr. Wade, who is now managing director of mobility at InflexionPoint Acquisition Corp. “I didn’t get that same vibe in Canada, regardless of locale.”

 

For a city-state with no resources, limited land and a small population, creating the explosive growth and development of the past half-century has meant running it like a corporation – using highly trained, highly paid leaders, inviting the world’s best and brightest to its work force with an open-door policy, and with a near-zero tolerance for dissent among the masses.

 

The result is a planned, modern economy with efficient public services, an educated population and a per-capita share of gross domestic product of more than $60,000 (U.S.), the highest in Southeast Asia. Singapore ranks No. 2 on the World Economic Forum’s global competitiveness rankings.

 

Today, as Singapore nears the 50th anniversary of its independence, the original economic miracle is slowing. Hit hard by the Asian financial crisis, the dot-com bust, the outbreak of SARS in 2003 and then global recession in 2008, the city-state is at an economic turning point.

 

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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc, Annisa Ilham, Devyabharati, Nigel Leong, Xuan Tay Yu
Ameer Artsyrup's insight:

After reading this article, I found out that Singapore's econmy has boomed since its independence. However this is only due as Singapore has traded with other countries in order to survive. On one end, this sounds great as Singapore is thriving due to this but, on the other end, this is also worrying as this clearly shows that Singapore is dependent on other countries in order to survive. This clearly shows us that Singapore is extremely vulnerable. However after ssingapore survived the SARS, H5N1 and the H1N1 period, I believe that the future of this nation is bright.

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Jasmine Goh's curator insight, July 2, 2013 1:32 PM

After reading this article, I know that Singapore has developed into a vibrant and prosperous nation after we first started off as a small fishing village. Our country was able to become what it is today due to the resilience and determination of our leaders and the different skills and talents of our people. Singapore has become one of the most competitive countries in the world and our economic growth is dependent on trades. Although Singapore's improvements have slowed down, our growth and state has managed to attract many others from other countries. Therefore, being part of Singapore has many benefits and is also known to other parts of the world despite our small country.

Teo J-lyn's curator insight, July 3, 2013 3:13 AM

I see that the economy of Singapore has hetting better but recently, the progress hadbecome slower because of many things that happened which hit hard on our economy.Many countries were affected, including Singapore as our economy relies mainly on exports. Despite this, many big organisations and businesses are willing to set up companies and develop in Singapore. I think that there is still alot that Singapore can do and offer despite the challenges it is facing and the limitations it has.Eventhough things may have been slowing down, Singapore still receives offers. The reason Singapore is slowing down is because since Singapore is such a small country, the amount of natural resources we have here is very limited. Despite the limited and small space, Singapore is not affected as there are still people who wants to work and start businesses here. This shows that Singapore has done a great job making itself known to the world, and has already found a space for itself.

Evelynkoh's curator insight, July 5, 2013 11:13 AM

As we all know , Singapore is a young nation which has been rediscovered and rebuilt a few years ago. Singapore may be small and that it doesn't have any nature resources but it's position in the world is what makes it stands out. It started of as a port and has slowly been created to how it is now , a successful country , the country which practices meritocracy which is known worldwide. All of these wouldn't have happened if our forefather's didn't protect and built our country well. This is their results of their hard work. However , as it is , Singapore is a very tiny red dot on the globe and is extremely vulnerable to everything that's happening in the world. However , no matter how many crisis we faced we're still standing as strong as ever because we didn't give up , we singaporeans all have a sense of belonging and we all fought and stood with singapore when it was weak. Nowadays , competition is really getting more and more intense as the days , the hours , the minutes and the seconds past. Its like between everyone and everything , there's a competition going on , no matter big or small , all of us are under intense pressure , trying our very best to be the victor. This is why , i hope that this article which is published would make an impact to all its reader's out there , slapping them in their face that they would definitely have to step up and work together to maintain how everything is now. Once they stop and start turning lazy , everything will just go down and i really don't want to think how it will be then. Thus i hope that since singapore has survived so many major crisis , we would forever be like this , the bright and successful nation which everyone looks up to.

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Case Study: Sri Lanka - Conflict and Harmony in Multi-Ethnic Societies - Resource Guides at National Library, Singapore

Case Study: Sri Lanka - Conflict and Harmony in Multi-Ethnic Societies - Resource Guides at National Library, Singapore | Possibility and Conflict and Prejudice Assignment by Amiruddin_01_3F | Scoop.it
This LibGuide explores the following themes: 1. causes and effects of conflict in a multi-ethnic society (case studies of Northern Ireland and Sri Lanka and 2. challenges in resolving ethnic conflicts.

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After reading this article, I believe that in order for a country to achieve progress, social, economical and political stability, it has to first achieve muti-ethnic harmony. this is true as different races in a country need to work in cohesion in order to benefit both the country and themselves. This can be seen as Singapore has gone through much progress since the racial riots end. However if racial instability has struck a multi-ethnic country, this will create a lot of problems for the country like major riots and civil wars. this will cause the country to fall in economical and political terms. This can be seen in Sri Lanka as it went through civil war which killed more than 100000 people. This war greatly affect Sri Lanka's economy and causes a major political instability in the country. Due to this, I believe that a country multi-ethnic country must achieve racial harmony in order to benefit everyone.

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Jasmine Goh's curator insight, July 2, 2013 1:56 PM

I have learnt that there was a conflict between the Tamils and Sinhalese in Sri Lanka which lasted for 100 years. This article tells me that the conflict was due to Tamil minority, where the Sinhalese had more job and education opportunities. The Tamils resented the Sinhalese and felt unhappy about the way they were treated. The conflict has lead to several riots and many were killed and injured.
I feel that people should not use violence to resolve problems as it does not benefit anyone, instead, it brings more problems and also affects others. People should talk things out nicely and sometimes give in to the other party.
I wonder how people are about to create problems out of a small matter due to their pride and ego.

Jaslyn Si Jia's curator insight, July 3, 2013 6:45 AM

After reading this article, i learnt that there is a conflict between the Tamils and Sinhalese, which took place in Sri Lanka and lasted for over more than 100 years. As the Sinhalese have many benefits like, more job offers and further education opportunities, which the Tamils are unhappy about, thus conflicts between the two ethnic groups started.

I feel that the two ethnic groups shouldn't use violence to solve their problems. Its not worth it to get people injured or killed just to have that problem evened out. Both should talk to each other what their are unhappy about and give in to each other.

I wonder why they want to pursue the matter for such a long time.

Evelynkoh's curator insight, July 5, 2013 11:23 AM

Peace and harmony , don't everyone want to stay that way forever? Thats why i seriously wonder , why would people want to start wars , destroying their paradise. In every country's road to success , there must be lots and lots of ups and downs , between its neighboring countries and even between their own people. We're all living in the 21st century , why would we still think in that manner that violence will solve everything? It never will , it will just make the matter worse and cause it to affect a larger amount of people and to last for an even longer period of time. The matter may start of small but because of the use of violence , the matter will start to enlarge and then it would not only be in-between the people who started the matter but the whole country. It will then be reflected badly on the race of the people and also the country. Bit by bit everything will start to fall. Therefore , to me i wonder , why would people want to make things that are simple into things that are so complicated that will cause major damages?

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Philip Falcone, A Classic Rags-To-Riches Story

Philip Falcone, A Classic Rags-To-Riches Story | Possibility and Conflict and Prejudice Assignment by Amiruddin_01_3F | Scoop.it

American businessman Philip Falcone is a true rags-to-riches story. Escaping from a tiny poverty-stricken iron-ore mining town in northern Minnesota he went on to founding a New York-based successful private investment firm Harbinger Capital.


Via Amanda Simmons, Annisa Ilham, Devyabharati, Nigel Leong
Ameer Artsyrup's insight:

From this article, I get to see that Philip Falcone faced poverty since he was young as he lived in a tiny poor town. However, his luck changed when he decided to leave his town to earn a living in the city.There, he founded a New York-based private investment  firm. From there, he begin to earn a lot of money and made himself rich. From this story, I learn that if we want to change our future to a brighter one, we should do something about it so that we may achieve it. However there is also another factor that will enable us to change our future and that is hardwork. In this article, I infer that Philip had been very hard working and resilient in order to achieve his aspiration as i believe that he went through a lot of hardships in order to be as he is now from his humble beginning. In all, I believe we should follow his footstep in order to achieve our aspirations.

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Sherry ¯\_(ツ)_/¯'s curator insight, June 28, 2013 3:02 AM

I see that Philip Falcone is from a very poor family with his mother only earning 80 cents per hour. I can only see that he is a very talented hockey player and even received a scolarship to Harvard and played professionally in Sweden. However he stopped playing hockey because of his knee injury and worked as a junior junk-bond trader. He then eventually became successful. I think he is thankful that he worked as a junior-bond trader as that is where he changed his perspective about life and started to focus on making money. I wonder what would happen to him if he didn't work as a junior-bond trader. If he took up another job, would he still be this successful?

Xuan Tay Yu's curator insight, June 28, 2013 4:11 AM

This is a truely amazing story. This man, Philip Falcone, become rich through sheer hardwork and determination. He was born to a very poor family and now he is a billionaire. I think this man has proven the world not to give up easily, and keep pursueing your dreams, and one day your problems will disappear, and your dreams come true. He is a great role model to people who are facing problems that seem impossible to solve. I wonder hoe he found the courage to move on.

Bernice Phua Rui Yi's curator insight, July 2, 2013 11:19 AM

Philip Falcone was born into a poverty striken home in Chisholm, Minnesota. He had a thing for hockey and even recieved a scholarship to Havard to play professionally in Sweden but due to serious knee injury, his career as a hockey player had came to an end. He then moved on and started working as a junior junk-bond trader on Wall Street. It was there he decided to focus on earning money. Since then, with all his hardwork, he is now a billionaire. This tells us that coming from a poor family doesnt mean that you'll be poor for the rest of your life. Hardwork is one of the the soultions to poverty.

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Realization of reaching possibilities

Realization of reaching possibilities | Possibility and Conflict and Prejudice Assignment by Amiruddin_01_3F | Scoop.it

Via NeoJiaLing, Lie Kehui, Xuan Tay Yu
Ameer Artsyrup's insight:

From this flowchart, I can see that there are many factors that may or will lead to the opportunities available. The flowchart also show that rescilience and the desire to excel is also needed to reach the possibilities other than having the skills needed to do so. Another important factor is that we must believe in ourselves in order to achieve the opportunities. Eventhough there are a lot of factors that has not got to do with us we are solely responsible in opening more opportunities.

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Nathaniel Loreno Arendayen's curator insight, July 2, 2013 12:08 PM

Using the 'see-think-wonder', I can see from this flowchart that not only skills and talents are needed in reaching the possiblities available but also sheer determination and the disire to develop oneself's talents. I think people should always keep their end game goals in mind so that they will always be determined. I wonder how many people haven't reached their goals due to distraction or demotivation.

Teo J-lyn's curator insight, July 3, 2013 3:27 AM

As long as people believe in themselves, they will be able to do better in life, of course,with the support of their family and friends. In order to achieve what they want to, they must have traits like determination , and a sense of motivation.Taking risk and being patient and having self esteem is also very important. I beleive that with a good attitude and personalities, a person can achieve great talents.

Wu Weiyang's curator insight, July 3, 2013 11:21 AM

I see that there are many factors leading to realization of reaching the possibilities such as specific personality traits and environmental factors. However, the most important factor is to believe in yourself, build up your confidence and have the desire to succeed. I think that women can be just as successful as men in the different faculties as long as they realize their talent. I wonder what will happen if the enviroment is not ideal to realize your talent.

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The Different Types of Prejudice | eHow

The Different Types of Prejudice | eHow | Possibility and Conflict and Prejudice Assignment by Amiruddin_01_3F | Scoop.it
Prejudice is a preconceived judgment or opinion that is usually based on limited information about a group or groups of people.

Via Lim Xin Hwee, Tan Qi Shun, Nigel Leong
Ameer Artsyrup's insight:

From this article i can infer that there are still many acts of discrimination happening in the world today like racism or gender discrimination. There is also social discrimination happening in schools and even in school places. This does not only happen in our time as in the past many acts of discrimination is practised throught the world.This can be seen as the blacks were socially discriminated in europe centuries due to their skin colour. Women in the past are discriminated as they aren't allowed to study, work or have any form of political power in the past as they are females. Eventhough these acts of discrimanation is actively happening in the past it is also rather saddening that mankind does realise his mistakes and infact still practises discrimmination.For example, in school, some of the students are discrimanted as they fat, ugly and slow in processing knowledge. I sometimes wonder when will people change their and begin accepting these group of people in the society. Thus I believe that we should stop discriminating each other but accept each strength and weakness in order to create a utopian society.

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Poon Ying Ying's curator insight, July 2, 2013 10:02 AM

I'm using the See-Think-Wonder thinking route.


After seeing the article, i understand that prejudice is making an unfavourable and unreasonable judgement of your own without evidence. The most common type of prejudice are on race, gender, sexual orientation and disability. At the mention of racism, people will think of one race less worthy than another. However racism has became less common today. Sexism is usually the belief that men are better than women and should have more power. It often disadvantage women in the society like being responsible for housework and childcare.


I think that we should not make prejudice, everyone deserves to be treatly fairly. I think that we should also have evidence before making any statement in case of accusation. There would be more peace if everybody gets treated equally and not being prejudiced.


I wonder if we could so something to stop prejudice, so that everyone will be treated the same. And is it human nature to make judgement on others, just like first impressions? Why is it so common that people makes prejudice?

Jasmine Goh's curator insight, July 2, 2013 1:47 PM

This article describes the different types of prejudice that lead to stereotyping and misjudgments. From this article, I have learnt that prejudice is a preconceived judgment or opinion that is usually based on limited information about a group or groups of people. The most common types of prejudice are those based on race, gender, sexual orientation and disability.
I feel that we should not judge people based on their skin colour or gender as it is unfair and rude to make false comments about them. Everyone should be treated with justice in spite of their race, religion and gender. We all should think twice before making comments or evaluating one's character and personality.
I wonder what good can even come out of making judgments and if there are none, why do people still judge?

Asha Begum's curator insight, July 6, 2016 5:29 AM

This article talks about the different types of acts of prejudice existing today. Prejudice is judgement people make of others which may not be a truth.