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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 […]

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 […]