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Public Trust In Singapore by Chan, David (Ed.)

It is clear that public trust plays a critical role in developing a vibrant economy and a strong society. This book is organised into four parts. Part 1 provides an overview of issues involved in thinking about public trust. Part 2 examines public trust in the context of upholding public accountability and discusses specific issues of public transport in Singapore. Part 3 analyses the relationships linking trust to social media analytics as well as healthcare. Part 4 addresses specific questions on public trust in Singapore in terms of social harmony, race and religion, education, civil society, social inequalities, dealing with differences and disagreements, political leadership, and relationships between people and government.

National Service In SingaporeNational Service In Singapore by Shu Huang Ho & Graham Ong-Webb (Eds.)

National Service (NS) is one of Singapore's foundational public policies. First implemented by the British in 1954, amended in 1967 to provide a means to defend a fledgling independent nation, and codified into its present form in 1970, NS is a key pillar of Singapore's defence. Its significance, however, goes beyond defence. With over 1 million male Singapore citizens and permanent residents having served NS, and consequently involving many more in different ways, NS is deeply woven into Singapore's political and social fabric. This volume brings together a range of scholarly perspectives on NS which explore its past, present and future in four sections: The history of NS, NS in practice, debates on NS and an international perspective.

Elderly Must Endure, The: Ageing In The Minangkabau Community In Modern IndonesiaElderly Must Endure, The: Ageing In The Minangkabau Community In Modern Indonesia by Fanany, Rebecca; Ismet Fanany

This book concerns older members of the Minangkabau ethnic group, one of Indonesia's many local cultures. The Minangkabau have an ancient matrilineal social structure that is embodied in their local law and customs (adat) and that, in the view of many Minangkabau, is under increasing pressure in the modern context. This book is based on a long-term study of older Minangkabau in modern Indonesia with a focus on cultural consonance. It profiles the members of one family from a village in the highlands of West Sumatra whose members now live in cities across Indonesia as well as in their village of origin. The challenges but also the opportunities experienced by these individuals, and members of the older Minangkabau population in general, are characteristic of similar social change experienced across Indonesia in recent decades and illustrate the nature of culture shift in the rapidly urbanizing and modernizing context of modern Indonesia.

Autism In Short: A Handbook For ParentsAutism In Short: A Handbook For Parents by Jayanath, Subhashini

This book is a brief guide on autism spectrum disorder for parents of young children.

Singapore Chronicles: HealthcareSingapore Chronicles: Healthcare by Phua Kai Hong

This book reviews the development of healthcare in Singapore, especially over the last 50 years. It presents major health issues, past achievements of the healthcare system and healthcare challenges for the future. Various trends in the healthcare system are covered within the context of rapid socio-economic, demographic and epidemiological transitions. Also discussed are national policies in response to healthcare challenges within broader regional and global trends, offering lessons and other policy implications for the future development of Singapore's healthcare system.

Singapore Chronicles: MultiracialismSingapore Chronicles: Multiracialism by Vasu, Norman; Juhi Ahuja

This book discusses the significance of multiracialism as one of the central components of nationhood in Singapore. It traces the manner in which race relations have been understood, developed, and managed from the colonial period to the present. Singapore's national security strategy remains primarily driven by the two conventional security concerns of protecting the country's sovereignty as well as maintaining public order. As such, a well-managed policy of multiracialism with its normative goal of maintaining social harmony is held to be key to the preservation of public order. In addition, multiracialism is key to nation-building in Singapore.

Las Vegas In Singapore: Violence, Progress And The Crisis Of Nationalist ModernityLas Vegas In Singapore: Violence, Progress And The Crisis Of Nationalist Modernity by Lee Kah-Wee

Las Vegas in Singapore looks at moments in Singapore's and Las Vegas' pasts when the moral and legal status of gambling changed significantly, and examines how modern states and corporations capitalized on it. The book begins in colonial Singapore in the 1880s, when British administrators revised the law in response to the political threat posed by Chinese-run gambling syndicates. It then looks at the 1960s when the newly independent city-state created a national lottery while at the same time criminalizing both organized and petty gambling. From there the focus moves to corporate Las Vegas in the 1950s. The book reveals how the Las Vegas model of casino development evolved into a highly rationalized template designed to maximize profits. It all comes together when the Vegas model is architecturally re-fashioned into Singapore's Marina Bay Sands.

Un-Affirmed Core, The: Understanding The Factors Behind And Around HomosexualityUn-Affirmed Core, The: Understanding The Factors Behind And Around Homosexuality by Shen, Bryan

The Un-Affirmed Core gives a fresh, careful and deeply compassionate look at the great complexity of issues surrounding homosexuality. It provides rich explanations between modern psychology, real-life experiences and traditional sexual ethics. The true case stories scattered throughout are a special highlight. This book reduces prejudice, fear and misunderstanding. It addresses the important people around those who struggles alone, afraid, confused and hidden. It equips readers with the ability to provide support, from the psychological-assistive approach as well as the spiritual-pastoral approach, to those who are in need.

When Love Hurts: Stories Of Women, Men And Children Learning To End The Violence In Their LivesWhen Love Hurts: Stories Of Women, Men And Children Learning To End The Violence In Their Lives by Sudha Nair Et Al

In When Love Hurts are shocking true-life stories of senseless beatings, cruel mind games, the unimaginable terror of victims being bashed, battered and bullied by the very person who is supposed to love them - their husband, boyfriend, father, even son.

Departing From Java: Javanese Labour, Migration And DiasporaDeparting From Java: Javanese Labour, Migration And Diaspora by Hoefte, Rosemarijn; Peter Meel (Ed.)

From colonial times through to the present day, large numbers of Javanese have left their homes to settle in other parts of Indonesia or much further afield. Frequently this dispersion was forced, often with traumatic results. Today, Javanese communities are found as close as Kalimantan and as far away as Suriname and the Netherlands. Meanwhile, migrant workers from Java continue to travel abroad, finding short-term employment in places like Malaysia and the Middle East. This volume traces the different ways in which Javanese migrants and migrant communities are connected in their host society and with Java as a real or imagined authoritative source of norms, values and loyalties. It underlines the importance of diaspora as a process in order to understand the evolving notions of a Javanese homeland across time and space.

Growing Up PerempuanGrowing Up Perempuan by Sumartono, Filzah; Margaret Thomas (Eds.)

Growing up as a woman is hard. Growing up as a woman in the Muslim community is harder. In a world still filled with superstitions, if you die during childbirth you become a vampiric ghost and if you survive you might get attacked by a flying ghost. You collect experiences in the workplace that should be office satire but aren't. You face constant judgement, try to live up to endless expectations, and somehow…still fall short. Growing Up Perempuan is a collection of stories written by women, for women. This book offers stories of love and loss, strength and endurance, confidence and courage - stories that inspire and empower. This is a book about challenging the status quo and learning to chart our own paths instead of having the world define them for us.

Birthday Book, The: The Roads We TakeBirthday Book, The: The Roads We Take by Chung, Cheryl; Aaron Maniam

The roads we take don't always lead us to our final destination. Sometimes, the roads are filled with crevices and potholes. At other times, the roads may be smooth-sailing, but we question our decisions in taking these routes. Regardless of these decisions, they make who we are and influence how we will continue to traverse different roads in the future. In the 2018 edition of The Birthday Book, contributors reflect on the paths they have chosen to take in their lives. More than just personal stories, these essays highlight the importance of resilience and the evolution of the political and social landscape in Singapore. The book compels readers to think of the complexity of the future roads we must take, as individuals, as a nation-because in sunny Singapore, no one road stays forever.

Ensuring A Square Meal: Women And Food Security In Southeast AsiaEnsuring A Square Meal: Women And Food Security In Southeast Asia by Devasahayam, Theresa W. (Ed.)

Research on women and food security in Southeast Asia has been limited. The collection of chapters in Ensuring a Square Meal: Women and Food Security in Southeast Asia is one of the first attempts at providing a lens into the linkages between women and food security at the household, community, national and transnational levels. More broadly, the chapters examine women's contribution to the food security of households, resource distribution to produce food, and the purchasing power to buy food. In analysing the various facets to food security in relation to gender, the analyses focus on women and food security within the meanings of "private" and "public", and the extent to which the effects of the two spheres spill over into each other. Given women's critical role in food and agricultural production and provision, Ensuring a Square Meal: Women and Food Security in Southeast Asia assesses the structural forces that enable women to access productive resources and, in turn, ensure sustainable strategies for food security at the household level.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #17: The Private Healthcare Sector In Johor: Trends And ProspectsTrends In Southeast Asia 2018 #17: The Private Healthcare Sector In Johor: Trends And Prospects by Ormond, Meghann; Lim Chee Han

The future of the private healthcare in Johor and in the Iskandar Malaysia (IM) special economic zone in particular is intimately tied to larger property developments and trends in the region, both because private healthcare developers are increasingly the same as property developers and because IM's future population growth relies heavily on corporate settlement in IM and the jobs that such settlement generates. Volatility in corporate investment and settlement in IM may have significant consequences for the sector's development. The Federal and Johor State Governments intend to turn IM into a world-class private healthcare destination for local residents and foreign visitors alike. A range of strategies and policies have been launched to develop IM's medical care, aged care, and lifestyle and well-being sectors. It is essential to track the impact of federal and regional fiscal incentives for private healthcare development and monitor actual demand for private sector capacity in order to assess the value and utility of such incentives, especially given the potential for such incentives policies to promote the generation of excessive private sector hospital and clinical capacity if left unchecked.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #12: Living On The Edge: Being Malay (And Bugis) In The Riau IslandsTrends In Southeast Asia 2018 #12: Living On The Edge: Being Malay (And Bugis) In The Riau Islands by Carruthers, Andrew M.

In Indonesia's Riau Islands Province, ethnic Malays are the proud heirs and custodians of a rich legacy associated with a once-sprawling Malay empire that stretched across present-day transnational borders from Indonesia, to Singapore, to Malaysia. Malays of Bugis descent have long played a disproportionately central role in the history, and the historiography or "history-telling", of the region that now encompasses Indonesia's Riau Islands Province. While steadfastly "Malay", members of this community readily acknowledge that their ethnically Bugis roots maintain an enduring historical and ideological salience in their everyday lives. However, transregional economic trends and rapid sociodemographic shift shaped by ongoing migration flows have led to feelings of "marginalization" (peminggiran) among the islands' Malay-Bugis community. While international focus continues to centre on Indonesia's Chinese-pribumi divide as diagnostic of Indonesian inter-ethnic and religious relations on edge, a grounded assessment of ethnicity in the Riau islands offers an alternative perspective on these important issues.

Food Matters: Food Security And The Future Of FoodFood Matters: Food Security And The Future Of Food by Teng, Paul; Manda Foo

Food matters. It is a basic human need, yet its availability in adequate, safe, nutritious and regular amounts for humans is by no means assured. While land and water for food production are both declining at alarming rates due to natural and human causes, the demand for food is still growing as populations all over the world increase. The unending questions - where food comes from; how it is grown; how climate change impacts the supply of vegetables and fish and what we can do about it; nutrition in diet; future new types of food that will be produced in factories; how safe is organic food and GMOs, etc. - present some of the most pressing food-related issues everyone, from leaders and policymakers to corporate chiefs and man-in-the-street, needs to be aware of. This seminal book, Food Matters, by Professor Paul Teng and Manda Foo provides explanations to the many questions asked about today's food sources and quality. Written in prose that is easily understandable, it takes the reader through the fascinating story of the origin of our common foods, how they have changed in looks and their methods of production, and discusses many issues on the minds of consumers and governments.

Our Cities, Our Homes: People, Places And PassionsOur Cities, Our Homes: People, Places And Passions by Anwar Fazal

The world has been in a state of disruptive flux for decades. This transformation signals an unfolding process of creative destruction: society, the economy, politics, cultural life, technology and the environment have, in many ways, changed beyond recognition. Anwar Fazal has been one of the world's leading witnesses to these dramas - an engaged and engaging public intellectual who has been at the forefront of local and global efforts to forge innovative solutions to pressing problems. This book brings together, for the first time, some of his most important contributions to debates about what kinds of alternative futures are possible. At their heart are a deeply felt commitment to people-centred development, incorporating the values of justice, sustainability and inclusiveness, and the potential of capacity building, enabling people to build on the capabilities they already possess. Written in an accessible style, infused with a clear-eyed passion for emboldened people and liveable places, this is essential reading for anyone who cares about the future of the planet.

Hand In Glove: Handling Love - The Journey Of Gravity From The Ocean WithinHand In Glove: Handling Love - The Journey Of Gravity From The Ocean Within by Paraman Vs

The universe, its mysterious mechanism, and the implications that the scientific study of its foundation and its boundaries have on our philosophical and spiritual experience of reality, are the topics carefully explored by Paraman in this book. Perhaps as paradoxical as its object of study, Hand In Glove - Handling Love (HIG) is, in itself, a very condensed exposition of ground-shaking ideas that are then expanded rapidly into a series of mind-blowing realizations about our spiritual life and the very nature of reality as we experience it. Readers of philosophical and physical science backgrounds will enjoy this book immensely. A must read, definitely.

Leadership In ParentingLeadership In Parenting by Ahmad Fahri Hamzah

Leadership in Parenting presents the idea of raising children with a clear, strong purpose: to raise them as future leaders, based on the Hierarchy of Successful Parenting Leadership Model. Learn the five levels of parenting function, and the Proactive Purposeful Parenting Approach. Packed with real stories, examples and practical strategies, the book expands your capacity to lead your child better, to become your child's Inspirer, so they earn their place as future leaders.

Corruption And Crime In Malaysia: Perception Or Reality?Corruption And Crime In Malaysia: Perception Or Reality? by Akhbar Satar

The author is a criminologist, crime analyst, and former graft-buster who highlights the evils of graft and crime, how to detect, deter and measure it, and offers solutions to curb and prevent it. Various criminological theories are discussed as we get introduced to, in an easy to understand and unbiased manner, the real situation of corruption and crime in Malaysia. Corruption and crime in Malaysia provides the glaring instances of corruption investigations and prosecutions amongst public servants and politicians involving famous cases such as 1MDB, SRC, FELDA scandals, Tabung Haji, Sabah Water scandal and the issues of money laundering, assets declaration, political donation, kleptocracy, polygraph testing and the general election. This book provides insight into causes of crime, its criminals and victims such as delinquency, drug smuggling, addiction, human trafficking, terrorism and the various punishments for such crimes.