Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Cinemas: more crowded, more expensive?

As a student, I used to walk up to the box office with my friends to buy tickets 30-60 minutes before the movie started. These days, I book my tickets hours in advance on the internet, or even a day or two. Is this a matter of cinemas becoming more crowded?

Monday, May 28, 2012

How many Singaporeans spend beyond their means?

In 2008, PM Lee Hsien Loong said that MPs often "see families who have over-committed themselves financially’ – for instance those who have been ‘extravagant in doing up their homes using renovation loans’, or ‘bought expensive furniture or large screen TV sets on hire purchase". He added that some have bought houses that they could not afford as well. Can we put some numbers to this?

Saturday, May 26, 2012

A smaller win for WP: is PAP gaining ground?

Yaw Shin Leong from the Worker's Party (WP) won the Hougang seat during the Singapore General Elections in 2011, but was expelled following reports of personal indiscretions early this year. As a result, a by-election was recently completed, again won by the WP.

However, it is not only about winning or losing, but how the margins have changed for the WP. This year, the WP received 62% of the vote, down from 65% just a year earlier. The PAP candidate, Desmond Choo,   commenting on his 2.7 percentage-point increase in votes, felt that "the process of change has started".

Is this a sign that voter preferences have shifted in favour of the People's Action Party (PAP)?

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Are Singaporeans paid enough?

For Singaporeans, job satisfaction is not so much about making clients happy or contributing to society than it is about pay, according to the Mercer "Inside Employees' Minds" survey. Since pay matters so much, it is worth asking "are you satisfied with what you're getting?".