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Technology can be a paper and a pen

Posted by theonlinecitizen on July 30, 2007

By Ney Reed

It never fails to amuse me how Singaporeans commonly tend to narrowly and naively understand technology as only constituting computers, computer systems, information systems and so on.

Because technology is supposed to bring about greater output, productivity and income, there is an endless endeavor to constantly implement a new computer system to the workplace, school, organization or home.

Often the outcomes of such implementation are exaggerated in order to justify the investment.

If one is to sincerely analyze and evaluate the outcomes, he/she will discover that many a times that the cost out-reaps the benefits.

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Myths and misconceptions about pursuing high growth indefinitely

Posted by theonlinecitizen on June 15, 2007

By Ney Reed

After my earlier article (“Paradigm shift in focus required – from economic growth to economic development“) , I am asked to discuss more about what development policies Singapore need to pursue.

However it is premature to do that because the earlier article only looked at growth vs development and did not discuss pursuing high growth and pursuing it indefinitely which this article will attempt to do.

A subsequent article to this can perhaps look at development policies that Singapore need to follow.

Race horses always amused me even though I do not gamble. One thing that I always found humorous about them is that during a race if the jockey falls off, the horse will not stop running.

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Paradigm shift in focus required – from economic growth to economic development

Posted by theonlinecitizen on June 12, 2007

By Ney Reed


When developing nations during the post world war and/or independence era started to build their economies, they attempted to resolve problems of poverty, unemployment, low incomes and other forms of under-development through pure pursuit of economic growth.


Singapore, too, joined their ranks. Up till today the focus of the Singapore Government has been on achieving not just growth but high growth.


Emphasis has been placed in recent times on the importance of development and policy actions to pursue development. But there is much greater emphasis on pursuing growth than development.

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Does criticism = opposition?

Posted by theonlinecitizen on December 14, 2006

critic.JPGBy Ney Reed

Sunday, 10 December, 2006

criticism (noun) – serious examination and judgment of something; disapproval expressed by pointing out faults or shortcomings.

critic(noun) – anyone who expresses a reasoned judgment of something; a person who offers a value judgement or an interpretation.

critique(noun) – a serious appraisal; a serious review.

opposition(noun) – resistance; the action of opposing something that you disapprove or disagree with;confrontation where the act of hostile groups opposing each other; a body of people united in opposing something; a contestant that you are matched against;

After writing two pieces of articles on my blog a year ago, i realized then that i am no longer living in north america but singapore where it is a common and prevalent phenomenon to see people equating criticism to opposition. Hence i wrote a blog piece subsequently ( here ) to explain that i am merely criticising and not opposing and that there is a distinct world of a difference between the two which the average singaporean from the politician to the average joe tend to miss. After writing two articles for online citizen, again i had the same vibes and here i am writing again to evaluate if and when criticism amounts to opposition.

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How much bonus/raise does a civil servant need?

Posted by theonlinecitizen on December 14, 2006


By Ney Reed

Wednesday, 6 December, 2006

In my latest pilgrimage to my foot reflexologist to nurse my back sore from sitting too long in my less than ergonomically designed civil servant seat, my foot reflexologist passed a sarcastic remark. “2.2 months bonus… lotsa money” he remarked. I am sure almost every private sector employee shares the same cynical sentiments.

I don’t think the question ought to be if 2.2 months of bonus is too high, enough or too low. Likewise there was a recent announcement that civil service pay will be raised. The question is again not if whether it should be raised or not. There are seriously strong grounds for 2.2 months payout and across the board civil service pay raise in near future. People who criticize it perhaps may have strong grounds too.

How much of a raise is sufficient?

The real and meaningful question is to ask is if raising civil service salaries, by whatever proportion, or paying out bonuses, by whatever amount, is sufficient. I was telling my foot reflexologist that even if I were to receive 4 months bonus it will not be sufficient. That is not because I am a spendthrift or have four mistresses but rather my cost of living is escalating at an alarming rate that I do not think I can be satisfied with any realistic amounts of bonus or pay rise. My utility will instead be maximized if only rate of growth of costs in Singapore can be controlled.

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Globalization and its impact on Singapore family values

Posted by theonlinecitizen on December 11, 2006

globo.jpgBy Ney Reed

Organic – adj; Relating to natural way a system works; living nature of living things; not synthetic; constitutional in the structure/make up of something; of which source are alive; of which outcomes are alive; unadulterated; natural disposition.

Culture – noun; Comes from from the Latin word colo, -ere, with its root meaning “to cultivate”. Relating to “the set of distinctive spiritual, material, intellectual and emotional features of society or a social group, and that it encompasses, in addition to art and literature, lifestyles, ways of living together, value systems, traditions and beliefs”(UNESCO); “made up of the following four elements that are passed on from generation to generation by learning alone – values, norms, institutions and artifacts”

Globalization – noun; Relating to the process of growth of a phenomenon, within a native/peripheral unit/system of the universe, into a phenomenon that exists in many or most or every units and systems of the universe

Globalization is not a recent or purely ill phenomenon. In fact the process of Adam and Eve spreading out with their descendents across the globe after landing onto two different locations on earth, will probably constitute the first globalization phenomenon. Since then knowledge, language, religion etc have all globalized throughout time.

What is particularly distasteful and worrisome of the process of globalization today is that it has conservatively shrunk into a process that is predominantly dictated by corporatization, commercialization and commodification of the world with a clear objective to support and promote capitalism. The global outcomes of such have been a re-definition and re-imagination of the world to the extent that humanity’s equilibrium and sustainability have been adversely affected.

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