Tag: Singapore

Snapsots of Singapore: Chinatown

It's the time of the year again. Chinatown is bustling with people, tidbits and decorations. All red and gold and every colour in between. Here are some of the moments captured in Chinatown right before the Lunar New Year comes by:  

The Hard Truth about Singapore’s marriages

We do not need Ashley Madison after all. More Singaporeans are having affairs behind their spouse’s back in the last one to two years. Private investigator, Magnum, says he gets an average of 30 to 40 cases each month. Either a wife or a husband...

The China, Singapore parallel

By Augustine Low We live in a small world after all, and people everywhere are the same. I am reminded of this once again, as I read about what keeps China’s leaders awake at night. In a new book, In Line Behind A Billion People, authors...

Stuck in Little India

He stretches out his hand and drops the little black button, no larger than a shirt button, into the plastic bowl. The shop owner hastily shoves a packet of food into his hands. Pomiah Chandran Suresh has often frequented the soup kitchen at Dunlop...

Little India: more security, more control

Parliament is in session today. Many of the highlights are about Little India -  the life there after a riot that included flipped police cars, burnt ambulances and plenty of fingers pointing at the bottle. So, in case your Facebook and Twitter feeds are too...

Son of Singapore: Tan Chong Kee on Singapore’s myopic model

Here is yet another Son of Singapore who left his country to work elsewhere. Dr Tan Chong Kee, the founder of the now defunct news website Sintercom, tells The Independent Singapore why he left, the new venture in the US he is involved in...

Money-lending: a blight in the heartlands

The problem with moneylending in the heartlands is that the lenders are there in such large numbers. Will “regulating” these monleylenders cut down the numbers? There are 206 licensed moneylenders in Singapore, which is 27 per cent above the ideal number of moneylenders according to...

The case against importing athletes

By Michael Y.P. Ang The Foreign Sports Talent Scheme has been surrounded by controversy since it started in the nineties. Over the years, proponents of the scheme have been trying to justify it. “It inspires native-born athletes.” However, as mentioned in my Dec 24 article “SEA Games...

Academic dismisses Forbes commentary, but says….

A stinging commentary in Forbes about Singapore's march towards an Iceland-like economic meltdown is making the rounds online. Here, academic Donald Low digs into the article dismissing its main thesis but saying there are some valid points that the government should not ignore. -- You...

Singapore Advocacy Awards falls victim to DRUMS day after launch

The following is a press release from the Singapore Advocacy Awards. -- Senior government leaders in Singapore warned in late 2013 of a dire threat to the nation in the form of misinformation on the internet, which they termed DRUMS (Distortions, Rumours, Untruths, Misinformation and Smears)....