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IN A world driven by science and technology, the push for education in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields has become a priority. In fact, both the United Kingdom and...

THERE was a collective groan from motorists across Singapore when Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam announced a surprise increase in petrol duty towards the end of his...

BEFORE now, no one would have described the leaders of Hong Kong or Singapore as Asian Robin Hoods. Both cities have earned well-deserved international reputations for high efficiency and low taxes,...

TWO devastating American financial crises - the Crash of 2008 and the Great Depression of 1929 - have caused many US policymakers to prefer a policy of trade protectionism and avoid wasteful foreign...

LU HSIU-LIEN might be anyone's favourite aunt - Aunt "Annette" (to use her Western given name). Her rather matronly, "tweedy" yet essentially kindly air conveys the...

WE ARE living through the denouement of a family drama. A very dysfunctional family is furious at a child who broke all the rules and lived for decades beyond his means, subsisting on gifts and loans...

THE changes are palpable. The rapid pace of growth in Singapore is something evident to anyone who has visited the city. A port, a mega city, a financial services hub and a free economy. Singapore...