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In Honour of our National Athletes

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History was made at the Rio Olympics as Singapore won its first gold medal. Joseph Schooling has been widely celebrated, and rightly so. However, we would be missing the woods for the trees if we only celebrate the win. For every race in the public eye, our national athletes like Schooling clock thousands of hours of training – they fight through pain, fatigue, discouragement and injury behind the scenes. Hadrian Ro is one such athlete. And as a national student athlete who represents Singapore in canoeing, sporting glory comes at a heavy price as he juggles full-time studies with the demands of competing in the sporting arena….

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Honouring a Pioneer

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We enjoy high-speed Internet connectivity today… but do you know the pioneers of Singapore’s telecoms industry? Meet 91-year-old Mr Sim Say Hai. A telecoms engineer since pre-Independence, he and his team established Singapore’s first satellite earth station on Sentosa. Watch his reaction as theatre actress Ethel Yap of Pangdemonium’s Tribes fame brings him on a walk down memory lane – to revisit the historic site. While there, she lets viewers in on a sweet surprise. In honour of our telecoms pioneers on World Telecommunications Day.

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Explanatory Note Following Recent Comments on Honour (Singapore)

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[The following is a letter I have sent to donors and friends of Honour (Singapore).]   Dear Donors and Friends of Honour (Singapore), Yawning Bread, a social commentary website, published a blog on 1 April 2016 titled “Cup of honour runneth over.” The blog cast doubt on various aspects of Honour (Singapore), raising again presumed connections with FGB Singapore, and especially referencing our accounts which we recently published. I have been writing quarterly letters to you to keep you updated on what Honour (Singapore) has been doing, the latest letter having only just been sent on 1 April 2016. Nevertheless, I…

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Want to be Free?

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Lessons on what happens to societies and nations when individual citizens do not honour the part they need to play to keep the country whole and healthy are lessons best derived by carefully learning from history.   Fernando del Pino Calvo-Sotelo offers deep insights in his essay, “The Five Experiments: a short essay”. Del Pino is one of the sons of the late Rafael del Pino y Moreno, founder of the Spanish construction company Ferrovial.  He has been involved in managing the family fortune since 1998. “The Five Experiments” is based on a speech by Del Pino in June 2015…

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Honouring our Nation’s Brand

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Brand Finance, the world’s leading independent brand valuation and strategy consultancy headquartered in London, issued its annual report on the world’s most valuable nation brands last month. You can read the full report here. As stated by the CEO of Brand Finance in his foreword: “In a global marketplace, a nation brand is one of the most important assets of any state, encouraging inward investment, adding value to exports and attracting tourists.” The Executive Summary of the report on Brand Value opens with the following: “The US remains the world’s most valuable nation brand. The USA is undoubtedly a powerful…

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Say SG!

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The National Day Parade on 9 August 1965 was a grand celebration. Red and white dominated the whole Padang and the sense of pride was palpable.  While no one used the word, it was very much an occasion to Honour Singapore and take pride in what had been achieved over 50 years:  we have an armed forces that is respected for its capability and professionalism racial and religious harmony in a society that Pew Research just a few months back had found to be the most religiously diverse country in the world an economy based on a well-tested tripartism of workers, employers…

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‘Non-Zero Sum’ Mindset for Religious Harmony

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By Mohammad Alami Musa Synopsis Religious harmony built on scant knowledge and a non-inclusive attitude of the “Religious Other” will not endure the severe tests on interreligious relations in a world replete with religious-linked conflicts. A non-zero sum mind-set can develop sustainable religious peace. Commentary THERE MAY be very few countries, perhaps none, that have enjoyed religious harmony for such a long period as Singapore. Fifty years had passed since its independence and Singapore is still an oasis of harmony in a world of violent conflicts perpetuated by actors who use religious narratives to justify their actions. Critics of Singapore’s…

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Happy National Day… Honour Singapore!

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SG50! We celebrate 50 years of independence today…it is our Golden Jubilee! Congratulations, People of Singapore, for 50 years of national freedom, independence, and sovereignty! 50 years in which Singapore has moved decisively, in GDP terms, from Third World to First World.  50 years in which we have experienced peace and security, while reading every day about flare-ups, terrorist attacks, and wars in many places of the world. 50 years in which we have enjoyed freedom from natural calamities such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis. These have been 50 years of being the master of our own destiny.  We had…

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