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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 […]

Traffickers are themselves victims, says judge; rejects DPP’s call for lengthier sentences

Traffickers are themselves victims, says judge; rejects DPP’s call for lengthier sentences

The Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) had called on the courts to deal the duo a heavier benchmark sentence for their drug trafficking and consumption offences. In his decision, however, Justice Choo Han Teck rejected the call, saying that doing so would not serve the cause […]

Tan Cheng Bock challenge fails, Govt’s edit of S’pore’s history affirmed

Tan Cheng Bock challenge fails, Govt’s edit of S’pore’s history affirmed

The High Court on Friday affirmed the Government’s position that the first Elected President of Singapore is indeed Wee Kim Wee, and not Ong Teng Cheong. The decision by Justice Quentin Loh effectively means that the Government’s edit of Singapore’s political history is now law. […]

New SMRT displays have serious design flaws, says visual designer

New SMRT displays have serious design flaws, says visual designer

[Headline photo: Straits Times] “[The] actual execution of the display was so bad it makes for a perfect case study of how bad design can destroy a great idea,” says Visual Designer Teo Yu Siang of the new SMRT LCD displays in its new trains. […]

Lee Hsien Loong should challenge LKY’s will in court, or accept it as final and binding

Lee Hsien Loong should challenge LKY’s will in court, or accept it as final and binding

Lee siblings insist, correctly, the place to challenge LKY’s will is in court “If Hsien Loong wishes to challenge the will, the correct forum was and is the courts,” say the two siblings of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in a statement on Thursday, 6 […]

Did Goh Chok Tong accuse Lee Hsien Yang and wife of sedition?

Did Goh Chok Tong accuse Lee Hsien Yang and wife of sedition?

It is a stunning accusation, coming as it does from a former Prime Minister and current Emeritus Senior Minister (ESM). ESM Goh Chok Tong, who was Singapore’s second Prime Minister from 1990 to 2004, spoke on Tuesday in Parliament on the second day of debate […]

No one above the law; will not sue siblings: PM Lee Hsien Loong

No one above the law; will not sue siblings: PM Lee Hsien Loong

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in Parliament on Monday that no one is above the law. However, he also said that he will not sue his siblings for allegations made against him. PM Lee was giving his side of the story in the ongoing […]

It is shameful & disgusting, Mothership

It is shameful & disgusting, Mothership

In a blog post on its website, Mothership reports a man molesting a girl on the MRT train. It even linked the report to the video taken by one Winna Chin. “A bespectacled man on the MRT train travelling along the East-West line was caught […]

Role of small states: Bilahari’s criticism of Kishore “wrong and misleading”

Role of small states: Bilahari’s criticism of Kishore “wrong and misleading”

On the one side, there are the Ambassador-at-Large, Bilahari Kausikan, and the Law Minister, K Shanmugam. On the other stand the dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP), Kishore Mahbubani; Ambassador-at-Large, Ong Keng Yong; and the regional adviser for Indochina at […]

Ambassador Bilahari slams Mahbubani’s views on small states as “dangerously misleading”

Ambassador Bilahari slams Mahbubani’s views on small states as “dangerously misleading”

Ambassador-at-Large Bilahari Kausikan has slammed Kishore Mahbubani, the dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP), for advocating that “small states must always behave like small states.” The rare disagreement in views of how Singapore should tread in the world post-Lee Kuan […]