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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Dare to Dream – Young PAP at the PAP 60 Party Rally speech

By Cynthia MarkLadies and gentlemen, and members of the Young PAP: Today, our theme is about “60 years forward.” But before I talk about the future, let’s take a step back – to 1954 – to a time when the PAP was just formed. When it was a party of young people, dreaming of freedom. There is a sense of eagerness in their eyes, and hope in their hearts – hope for a Singapore of equals, where work is dignified and free from oppression,....

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15 Things Mr Lee Kuan Yew Influenced In 50 Years

(Excerpt from Minister K Shanmugam’s eulogy to Mr Lee Kuan Yew on 27th March 2015) 1) Our Nee Soon: “Many of you know how Nee Soon and Sembawang estates were like in 1960s. You have seen in a short time how the estates have changed, how our lives have improved.” 2) Our homes: “He and his team rebuilt Singapore. He believed very strongly in making sure that people had houses. Everything you see around us was built after 1965.” 3) Our economy: “Our economy – a financial centre – employing thousands and thousands of people.....

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