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    Ageing Singapore tries to avoid the Japan trap

    News, Andy Mukherjee, Published on 20/02/2019

    » Japan has aged; Singapore is ageing. Japan's workforce is shrinking; Singapore's has plateaued. Japan's homogeneous society has struggled with immigration; Singapore's island culture has been welcoming of foreigners, though increasingly less so.

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    Darkest-day song nothing to be proud of

    News, Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 20/02/2019

    » Army commander-in-chief Gen Apirat Kongsompong's decision to order the army-run radio stations to "resurrect" the old ultra-nationalist song Nak Phandin ("Burden on the Land") in an apparent response to the Pheu Thai Party's prime ministerial candidate Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan's threat to cut military spending and Future Forward Party's pledge to scrap mandatory conscription is totally uncalled for.

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    A divisive one-note tune

    News, Editorial, Published on 20/02/2019

    » The troubling response of the army commander to a rather benign political campaign promise has quickly escalated. Gen Apirat Kongsompong didn't just try to refute the call to cut both the military budget and the number of general officers. He retaliated by reviving the most hateful song in Thai political history, and promised to flood military bases and the airwaves with it. It is a move with an ironclad guarantee of major political and national division.

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    Apirat singing wrong hymn sheet

    News, Ploenpote Atthakor, Published on 20/02/2019

    » Army chief Apirat Kongsompong's harsh reaction to the idea of politicians who want to push for military reform has triggered a number of questions.

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