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保证新加坡少数族群能当总统是伪命题吗?


以下两则文章刊登于新加坡联合早报 (3 Jun 2016).

Commentary by: 旁观者

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以上第一则文章指出为什么新加坡有必要立法保证定期的有来自于少数族群人士被选上民选总统。
看起来好像是一个最佳拆衷方案。
仔细—读,却很难合乎逻辑和新加坡与时俱进的前瞻性方向。其中问题在于,
1。作为”对抗残留的种族歧视”! 新加坡社会真的是这样?请看看在政府,国会中和私人业界内,包括金融界有如此不公平现象吗?

2。”如果其中一个主要种族长期无法出任总统,这将是新加坡的重大损失。” 如果根据这个逻辑,那么,新加坡总理人选就更加必须保证有定期制的其他种族当任了。

3。根本的问题不在于总统的种族性,而在于不会走向一个”两个权力中心”的国家制度的误区!
李总理在这问题上巳经详细的指出其缺点和对国家的重大影响。

因此,以上这则支持定期有少数族群当上总统的论证却是认不清真正的问题所在!

再看看下面这一则文章,在基本程度上认同了民选总统具一定的监管功能,它指出重要的是选资格与品格; 而不是把民选总统当成是”保险再加上保险” (contingency upon contingency) 的加锁制度而成为画蛇添足之举!
更重要的是,注目于长远目的而去达到它。

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总结: 若是无法在民选总统的修正法案达到共识,则回去以前的由国会推举总统制度也是可行的。因为国会代表了全国人民。

Comments On Singapore EDB’s “New Job”


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Commentary by:  The Observer
2 June 2016  Thur

The 5th EBD-ST Forum was held recently to discuss a new direction to be adopted by the Economic Development Board (EDB) as one of the key drivers for Singapore’s future economy prospect. The Straits Times has published the content of the forum on 28 May 2016.

It is noted that EDB seems to have developed a huge appetite of creating billion-dollar businesses from within the island state’s new startups, in today’s highly competitive and technology-driven arena.

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They seem to ignore one thing in South-east Asia’s richer and maturing markets. That this region is very lacking of sizeable Risk-capital investments in new startups. Hence, the real issue here is more of how to attract sustainable funding from outside SE Asia.

The forum rightfully pointed out that Singapore would remain a small domestic market. Therfore, in my view it is paramount that any new innovation or startups must be able to tap onto external markets immediately in order to create sizeable demands and sustainability; before any hope to become a future billion-dollar business.
Paradoxically, unless innovations are truly disruptive or be at least at the technology forefront that can impact on large markets, there’s no chance of (new startups) stepping up to the regional platform. They will be knocked out in the first round!

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Therefore EDB should not continue to think in the old ways of attracting Bricks & Mortar capital investments.  Crowd-funding/ Kisckstarters should be a vital part of EDB’s operating strategy.

Chairman of EDB (Dr. Beh) rightly pointed out that a drastic change of Singaporean mindset is necessary for Singapore’s future prospect.

What Singaporean Core would mean is the concept of Mobility With A Broad Landscape View (宏观大思维). That involves much greater cultural and economic synergies among the citizens and permanent residents (PR). EDB should also look into greater collaboration with other ministries besides focusing on economic front.

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In summary, can EDB deliver in its new job?
Yes provided it scans the technology landscape thoroughly and leverage on right sources of stimulus for innovations and develop funding channels and network. Any form of innovation hypes without scalability (大能量) will not be sustainable. And innovations do not come from highly organized environment…

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