The New Slate for Nee Soon GRC

Minister Shanmugam announced the two new faces joining himself, Associate Professor Faishal Ibrahim, and Er. Dr. Lee Bee Wah at the upcoming General Elections for Nee Soon GRC. The two new candidates are animal rights activist, Louis Ng, and executive director, Henry Kwek, who has been a PAP activist in the Chong Pang ward for a few years. Find out more about the candidates on their respective profiles here (click on link). Soundbites and highlights from the PAP Nee Soon Press Conference,....

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In Pursuit of Happiness

We caught up with Nee Soon Town Council’s Chairman, Assoc. Prof Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim over a healthy meal of brown chicken rice. He is after all, Chairman for Singapore’s Healthy Living Master Plan. Here are excerpts from our chat: Nee Soon Link (NSL): Good afternoon Prof, you are the Town Council Chairman, MP for Nee Soon GRC, Parliamentary Secretary for Ministry of Health and Transport. You also lead a taskforce on the Healthy Living Master Plan.....

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From rubber plantation to Parliament

By Er. Dr. Lee Bee WahBy Er. Dr. Lee Bee Wah “Education is our passport for the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” – Malcolm X I grew up in a village in Malacca, the oldest daughter of two rubber-tappers. When I was in Primary Five, my 4th brother was born. I should have been happy, but my parents wanted me to quit school and go to work. For people of their generation, it was no use educating a girl as she would be married off anyway.....

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It’s not the Inequality; it’s the Immobility

Income inequality and economic immobility are often lumped together, but they shouldn’t be. Consider the two concepts positively: Income equality is about bridging the gap between the rich and the poor, while economic mobility is about elevating the poor as rapidly as possible. Finding ways to increase economic mobility should be our greater concern. For instance, while we have talked incessantly about the disproportionate gains of the top 1 percent, the wage slowdown in the United States in recent decades is a bigger problem for most people.....

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