Lee Kuan Yew on here and hereafter

“It’s Chinese lessons as usual for Mr Lee on 91st birthday,” reported the Straits Times. We saw the Facebook updates from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong thanking well-wishers for wishing his father a happy birthday and from Goh Chok Tong, who visited the old man and said: “He looked well and sharp…”

Resoundingly, however, there was not a word from the man himself.

Lee Kuan Yew

Lee Kuan Yew

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What’s up, and why, on Facebook and Twitter

The Straits Times coverage of social media on Saturday ignored a fundamental difference between Facebook and Twitter. Twitter you can use, like Google, to search for information. Facebook, not quite.

Let me give an example. Jeremy Au Yong, the Straits Times US Bureau chief, wrote about a police officer gunning down 19-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, which triggered an avalanche of tweets but hardly seemed to register on Facebook. I could still find some of the old tweets yesterday, almost a month after the incident, using the hashtag #Ferguson. Here are a couple of tweets posted the day after the shooting on August 9. [Read more...]

More older Singaporeans working

Former minister and labour chief Lim Boon Heng wants the retirement age raised to 70. He may know that more than 37,000 Singaporeans in their 70s were still working last year. They included 12,000 women.

Fully 11 per cent of the Singapore citizens and permanent residents working last year were in their 60s and 70s.

Singapore labour participation rate

Singapore labour participation rate

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For humanities’ sake

There will be more training and career opportunities for Institute of Technical Education (ITE) and polytechnic graduates, the Straits Times reported yesterday. They will get on-the-job training which is expected to lead to higher pay.

It’s no secret that polytechnic graduates start on a lower salary that university graduates. [Read more...]