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Sonny Liew’s win, and the shameful silence from the Government & National Arts Council

Sonny Liew’s win, and the shameful silence from the Government & National Arts Council

Back in February this year, panellists at a public forum called for more “naysayers” in Singapore, those who would speak truth to power. “They lamented the reluctance of civil servants to pose contrarian views when facing political office-holders, and the reticence of university students in […]

Is Gov’t portal Gebiz encouraging race-to-bottom bidding war for contracts?

Is Gov’t portal Gebiz encouraging race-to-bottom bidding war for contracts?

The fatal accident involving the collapse of the Changi viaduct a week ago could have been a consequence of contractors’ bidding war for contracts. The suggestion is being made by some, including blogsite Unscrambled and Facebook user Clarence Chua. ​The bid by the company which is responsible for the […]

Halimah Yacob qualifies to run in Reserved Election; been certified a Malay 3 times so far

Halimah Yacob qualifies to run in Reserved Election; been certified a Malay 3 times so far

Halimah Yacob qualifies to run in Reserved Election The question of whether Halimah Yacob qualifies, or should qualify, to run as a Malay candidate in September’s Reserved Election is moot. The question has been a topic of discussion online since Mdm Halimah expressed the possibility […]

Malay? What is that?

Malay? What is that?

By Hidhir Razak, the following post is inspired by this Yahoo article: “Am I Malay enough to be the next President?” So how does one define who is or isn’t Malay? Having actually researched this for my thesis for the past two years, please let me […]

Changi viaduct collapse and the LTA’s record of awarding contracts to lowest bids

Changi viaduct collapse and the LTA’s record of awarding contracts to lowest bids

Does the government have a penchant for awarding contracts to the lowest bidder? And does this result in bad quality work and standards? The fatal workplace accident at the viaduct project in Changi in July is once again shining the spotlight on the issue of […]

AGC investigates Li Shengwu’s online post; should AG Wong & DAG Nair recuse themselves?

AGC investigates Li Shengwu’s online post; should AG Wong & DAG Nair recuse themselves?

The Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) says it is looking into an online post made by Li Shengwu, the son of Lee Hsien Yang. According to the Straits Times, the “AGC said in a brief statement on Monday morning that it is aware of Mr Li’s […]

Language gaffes – poor proficiency or just lapses in vetting process?

Language gaffes – poor proficiency or just lapses in vetting process?

It might be a small thing to someone who is not good in the language or who may not even have spotted the error. But it does matter to those who are proficient in the language. On Thursday, my Member of Parliament (MP), Lam Pin […]

6 years of SMRT train breakdowns, and no end in sight

6 years of SMRT train breakdowns, and no end in sight

[Headline photo from TODAY] In December 2011, Singaporeans experienced the biggest breakdowns of the trains since the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system became operational in 1987. That month, two outages happened within three days of each other on the North-South Line. Later, a Committee of […]

Lee Hsien Loong’s awkward handshake with Donald Trump – and others

Lee Hsien Loong’s awkward handshake with Donald Trump – and others

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s awkward handshake with United States President Donald Trump has made the rounds online and has also drawn ridicule and criticism. Some say the Singapore PM’s seemingly effeminate pose as he extends his hand is a sign of weakness or deference […]

Feature: Quit or die – is total ban on new nicotine products the right direction to go?

Feature: Quit or die – is total ban on new nicotine products the right direction to go?

The emergence of “harm-reduction” products raises questions about the government’s moral responsibility to allow instead of banning them The Singapore government has a goal of reducing the country’s smoking rate to “below 10 per cent by 2020”. It is a laudable target but it has […]