Month: March 2017

Govt’s behaviour toward alternative media – not honest to keep silent and then cry foul later

Govt’s behaviour toward alternative media – not honest to keep silent and then cry foul later

Time to call the Government’s bluff The Singapore Police Force (SPF) has once again reacted to what it says are ‘unsubstantiated” news stories online. In its latest riposte to a story on The Online Citizen (TOC) website, the SPF accused the TOC article of making […]

The most awkward moment in state diplomacy?

The most awkward moment in state diplomacy?

So, German chancellor Angela Merkel paid the United States a visit this week. Naturally, that would include a call on the US President, Donald Trump. The problem is, Trump is not exactly a fan of Merkel and had criticised her government’s policies during and after […]

Not in community’s interest: US State Attorney on why she refused to seek death sentence for murderer

Not in community’s interest: US State Attorney on why she refused to seek death sentence for murderer

“I have given this issue extensive, painstaking thought and consideration,” Orlando’s State Attorney Aramis Ayala said. “What has become abundantly clear through this process is that while I do have discretion to pursue death sentences, I have determined that doing so is not in the best […]

Dear Indonesia, please release & return our boatman

Dear Indonesia, please release & return our boatman

First it was China, then Malaysia, and now it is Indonesia. Why do countries like to take what rightfully belongs to Singapore? It took 2 months before China returned the 9 Terrex military vehicles to us, after some political sabre rattling from the Chinese. And […]

It’s just a mother feeding her child, relax!

It’s just a mother feeding her child, relax!

Sometimes you wonder what goes on inside the heads (and hearts) of some people. The brouhaha over a woman feeding her infant in public has got some people hot under the collar. The “concern” seems to be that she did not cover up, but instead […]

Is Police distancing itself from Prison Service’s treatment of Mdm Savarimuthu?

Is Police distancing itself from Prison Service’s treatment of Mdm Savarimuthu?

In a rather curious Facebook status update on the evening of 16 March, Thursday, the Singapore Police Force (SPF) seems to have distanced itself from the Singapore Prison Service’s (SPS) treatment of Mdm Josephine Savarimuthu, the 73-year old woman who ended up in prison after […]

Treatment of 73-year old woman reinforces views that Public Service has “lost its heart”

Treatment of 73-year old woman reinforces views that Public Service has “lost its heart”

The following article is based on news report of the incident; and news reports of the statement by the Singapore Police Force and the Singapore Prison Services. The authorities’ statement is not currently available to the public (via their websites). Town councils have by-laws which […]

Unpacking NCCS’ misrepresentation of what MIT professor said

Unpacking NCCS’ misrepresentation of what MIT professor said

The statement by the National Council of Churches Singapore (NCCS) on the live-action adaptation of the 1991 Disney classic, Beauty and the Beast,  requires closer scrutiny for its apparent misrepresentation of what Professor Edward Schiappa had said, and the context in which he said it. […]

US cop stops driver and lies about the law – what if it happened here?

US cop stops driver and lies about the law – what if it happened here?

In a video which is currently circulating online (see below), a police officer in the United States was filmed stopping a male driver, and then lying about the law which supposedly allows him to order the driver to stop filming. The incident, which occurred on […]

“I’m not proud of this project”: Philip Yeo on Suzhou Industrial Park

“I’m not proud of this project”: Philip Yeo on Suzhou Industrial Park

“This project will fail,” said Goh Keng Swee. The China-Singapore Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP) project in the 1990s between the two countries was fraught with problems from the get-go. But few have spoken openly about them until now. In the book, “Neither Civil Nor Servant”, […]