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Halimah Yacob’s candidacy will raise questions about her independence & “Malayness”

Halimah Yacob’s candidacy will raise questions about her independence & “Malayness”

The Speaker of Parliament, Halimah Yacob, should not run for the elected presidency, even if she is by law qualified. There are several reasons why Mdm Halimah’s candidacy would not be in the best interests of Singapore. But before we get into the specific arguments […]

Train more reliable, says Khaw, echoing LTA’s 2016 claims; few are impressed

Train more reliable, says Khaw, echoing LTA’s 2016 claims; few are impressed

The claim by Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan on Thursday that the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system’s “reliability has improved by three times” has been met with incredulity. Many are questioning if his assertion is true, or whether the calculation used to make the claim […]

From despair to gratitude; cerebral palsy can’t keep Wesley Wee down

From despair to gratitude; cerebral palsy can’t keep Wesley Wee down

You may see him at MRT stations selling tissue paper and take pity on him, but Wesley Wee is more than any superficial generalisation about those like him His life was a struggle through one long, dark tunnel where the light at the end never […]

Gov’t spooked by fictional characters and cartoons

Gov’t spooked by fictional characters and cartoons

The decision by the National Arts Council (NAC) to withdraw funding for the comic novel The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye is but one instance of how the authorities here control publications which are deemed offensive or not in the public interest. Nothing is […]

He got ripped off buying a rusty knife; now video of him polishing it has gone viral

He got ripped off buying a rusty knife; now video of him polishing it has gone viral

So, here’s the thing. Youtuber, Jun, went to a recycling store recently and bought a traditional Japanese knife. Not any ordinary knife but one covered entirely in rust. The instrument was in such bad condition that the guy who had bought from the store said […]

NAC should show proof that Art of Charlie Chan “undermines” Govt’s authority

NAC should show proof that Art of Charlie Chan “undermines” Govt’s authority

Government bodies should deal with facts, and not fancy delusions After a two-day delay, the National Arts Council (NAC), the regulatory body for the arts in Singapore, finally extended its congratulations to Sonny Liew. The latter had won 3 Eisner Awards on Saturday for his […]

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 […]