Month: January 2016

Preserve national security, social fabric

By Dhevarajan Devadas

Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam’s speech on the threats posed by religiously inspired terrorism is both candid and timely (“Religion, terrorism and threats to S’pore, the region“; Wednesday).

The rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and the support it has attracted in the region, is a matter of grave concern for us, as well as our neighbours.

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Boost S’pore-Jakarta exchanges at people-to-people level

By Dhevarajan Devadas

It is heartening that Singapore and Indonesia continue to recognise the importance of maintaining stable bilateral ties and good working relations between their respective leaderships (“PM Lee, Jokowi set to meet for leaders’ retreat this year”; Jan 14).

Both nations share an interest in ensuring continued stability and economic prosperity in the region. As the largest ASEAN (Association of South-east Asian Nations) member, Indonesia plays an increasingly important role as the region grapples with political, security and environmental challenges, such as the competing territorial claims in the South China Sea, terror threats from the Islamic State group, and the haze.

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New Edusave award sends right message

By Dhevarajan Devadas

I welcome the Government’s decision to extend eligibility for Edusave awards to polytechnic students (“Edusave awards for poly students too“; Jan 10).

The new Edusave Skills Award sends the right signal that the Government recognises the strong foundation of practical experience and technical expertise that a polytechnic education provides students.

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