By Admin on 20 Feb 2010 10:06 AM
...What it says in the title.
The Cable, over at Foreign Policy, notes that the Obama administration is sending a sizable high-powered team to attend the upcoming APEC Summit in Singapore; it also finds it noteworthy that the side-meeting between the US and all ten ASEAN countries is finally taking place and sees it as a reaction against China's recent diplomatic successes. Back in 2007, in a Foreign Affairs piece marking ASEAN's 40th anniversary, Amitav Acharya argued that:
The fact that the region's most powerful players - including China, India, and the United States - show deference to ASEAN by participating in these forums demonstrates that ASEAN still matters.
The recent exchanges between Nominated MP Viswa Sadasiva and PAP Ministers and MPs in parliament appear to reveal an unexpected victory for the PAP in trumpeting its commitment to vague ideals of the Singapore pledge. But to what extent did the underpinnings of their speeches really diverged from one another?
NMP Sadasiva used the "national pledge" as a platform to discuss views of civil liberties, democracy and economic modes of development in Singapore. But it was not a simply a fortuitous choice; but rather, a direct reference to the use of the pledge in the recent National Day celebrations. In an uneasy bid to shore up nationalism in Singapore, the NDP committee had to come up with something new, yet familiar enough so that Singaporeans would not have to sacrifice their time to learn how to perform this "new" act. In doing so, they promoted an island wide pledge taking moment at 8.22 p.m. in a designed public holiday. They solicited Singaporeans' views on the pledge, in which individuals like Sadasiva gamely took on.
The Savings and Employee Retirement Plan, or Saver scheme, for commissioned SAF officers was launched with much fanfare in 1998. Two years later, the PREMIUM scheme, for warrant officers was launched. Last month, it was announced that the career schemes for officers and WOs will be 'enhanced' and that a third career track, the Military Domain Experts Scheme (MDES), was being created.
This post recalls some of Saver's backstory and how that might illuminate possible issues for EOCS, EWOCS and MDES. A caveat: as they like to say, especially regarding security and military affairs, those who know don't speak and those who speak don't know so readers are forewarned not to take the following as definitive. Corrections and clarifications are, as always, most welcome.
The exit of Ho Ching can be seen as the rebranding of Temasek as a Government-Linked Company to a domestic crowd, and as a Sovereign Wealth Fund to an international audience. Ho Ching's send off is overall a nicely timed publicity move to restore some hope in Temasek, especially when its high profile strategic investments in Wall Street have suffered considerable short term paper loses brought about by the subprime crisis.
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