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Singapore must not despair, but stay cohesive: Tharman

Government will redouble efforts to strengthen Singapore's social compact

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Saving jobs is the government's first priority, says Senior Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam. "No amount of unemployment allowances can compensate for the demoralisation of being out of work for long."

Singapore

WHILE Singapore cannot escape the global economic downturn, it must absolutely defy the loss of social cohesion, polarisation and despair that are taking hold in other countries, Senior Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam said on Wednesday.

"Never think these trends cannot...

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