Tag: Singapore

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)....

The smell of money

When it comes to smelling, chasing and pocketing money, Singapore has a way of punching above its weight. Ideology and principles take a back seat, human rights violations are not a bother and chaotic politics are not an issue. It is the honey pot...

Who will PM pick for Aljunied?

By Augustine Low The more you think about it, the more it appears that Aljunied GRC is presenting the PAP with one big headache. The GRC system seemed like such a foolproof way for the PAP to secure its dominance. Who would have thought that...

End of the golden film Run

by Tan Bah Bah Run Run Shaw’s death brought to close an era of giant East Asian film-makers. Reports rightly describe the most productive period of the legendary Shaw brothers as part of the Golden Age of Hong Kong films. They also pioneered Malay...

Stayers and quitters, patriots and opportunists

By Augustine Low A Malaysian Chinese daily has just reported that it carried out a survey which shows that 87 per cent of Malaysians working in Singapore are not interested in taking up citizenship here because “all they want was to earn ‘Sing’ dollars,” and...