Tag: Public affairs

Public Order Bill Disproportionate and Ill-timed

Singapore, 24 January 2014 -- Parliament’s intention to enact the Public Order (Additional Temporary Measures) Bill is deeply troubling because it seeks to curtail the basic privileges and protections upon which all residents depend, whether citizen or migrant. The Bill proposes to confer wide-ranging powers on...

Wish our people can speak like this

Transcript of a speech at the annual media lunch in New Delhi on Dec 13 by Sir James Bevan, British High Commissioner to India.   The first thing they tell you on the Foreign Office media training course is that there is no such thing as off the record....

Mind your slip, ministers

By Augustine Low If metaphor, analogy and turn of phrase sound tricky and you try and steer clear, you are not alone. But not our politicians, who are in the habit of using figures of speech and unusual lingo to make a point. The problem...

Song and dance over a sampan

By Tan Bah Bah Times have changed and yet they have really not – at least judging from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s criticism of commentator Koh Buck Song. PM Lee prefers that we continue to regard the country as an upgraded sampan -  sampan 2.0...

Why PM wants the status quo

Singapore Skyline
By Augustine Low Singapore: First World, Cosmopolitan City, Shining Metropolis. But still a sampan. How incongruous that Singapore should still see itself as a sampan, after all that the country has achieved, and all the talk about how the country is consistently able to punch above its...