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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”, […]

Singlish on buses – and govt’s “prata” position on the language

Singlish on buses – and govt’s “prata” position on the language

New bus operator, Tower Transit, has tread where few would dare to – using signs in Singlish on its buses. Singlish, for the uninitiated, is a colloquial mutation of the English language, peculiar to Singapore. The new bus operator is introducing buses with three doors, […]

Town councils – WP raises stakes, PAP demurs & drags Public Service into political arena

Town councils – WP raises stakes, PAP demurs & drags Public Service into political arena

After a 4-year long review of the Town Council Act (TCA), the government finally passed amendments to it in Parliament earlier this month. The changes, which are ostensibly to institute higher standards of governance, now grant the Minister of National Development more powers of oversight […]

A personal story of why I support the ban on smoking

A personal story of why I support the ban on smoking

The government has announced that it intends to raise the minimum age for smoking, from 18 to 21. “The Ministry of Health will propose legislative changes to Parliament within a year to bring about this new restriction, which will cover the sale of tobacco to […]

Police’s criticism of Reuters’ report misguided

Police’s criticism of Reuters’ report misguided

Police’s criticism of Reuters’ report misguided The Singapore Police Force (SPF), in a statement on 12 March, took umbrage at a report by news wire agency, Reuters. The report was on the protest over the weekend at Speakers’ Corner in Hong Lim Park. Protesters had […]

Joshua Robinson case: Could the AGC have done things differently?

Joshua Robinson case: Could the AGC have done things differently?

The Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) has explained the reasons behind its decision not to appeal the sentence for Joshua Robinson, the 39-year old American found guilty of having sex with two minors. The mixed martial arts instructor was sentenced to 4 years jail for 9 […]