Tag: Society

How the library shaped my life

By Benjamin Cheah Books are my life. As a reader, I look for books that take me inside someone else’s vision or tell me something interesting about the world. As a writer, I seek fresh material to study. Growing up, libraries were a second home. They...

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...

So, what happened to integration?

Are locals and foreigners growing further apart in Singapore? An annual global survey of expats shows Singapore has slid down the rankings in social integration. In the 2013 HSBC Expat Explorer survey released yesterday, Singapore has slipped from fourth to sixth in the overall experience...

Where were the parents?

Maruah Singapore Debate
Human rights organisation Maruah observed Children's Day with a debate by school students on a provocative topic: Parents are subverting the development of their child's potential. This was followed by a panel discussion. Educationist Mary George was one of the panellists. Here she talks about...

The downside to zero tolerance

Boston.com Photo Fukushima Shelter
By Augustine Low Customers pay good money for good service. Does that mean there should be zero tolerance for anything gone wrong, even through unforeseen circumstance or honest mistake? Take the recent SingTel fire which left customers without broadband, phone and pay TV services. The reaction...

I love Geylang… and it has nothing to do with sex

Geylang Lorong 24 road sign
By Tang Li I know it’s not politically correct to admit it ... but I love Geylang, Singapore’s red-light district. Geylang stands out as an example of how to contain and control the worst in human kind into a workable system. What’s more remarkable...

NGOs Part 3: PAP MP responds

Dr Chia Shi-Lu
By Zach Isaiah Chiah In our series, we looked at the work of  non-government organisations from different angles. PAP MP Dr Chia Shi-Lu, who is involved in My Community which was responsible for getting the government to preserve three sites in Queenstown -- Alexandra Hospital,...

Are native Singaporeans a dying breed?

Singaporeans at National Day Parade
By Tang Li A few of my friends started shaking their heads when they found out I had resumed a relationship with an old girlfriend. The reason? She is from Vietnam and her education is minimal. The most common reaction was – “Oh be careful,...

NGO-government relations: The art of the possible

Bukit Brown
By Zach Isaiah Chiah Bukit Brown is the largest Chinese cemetery outside of China. In 2012, the Land Transport Authority announced the decision to build a road across the cemetery, so as to ease congestion on Lornie Road. Heritage enthusiasts together with concerned Singaporeans petitioned against...

NGOs: Why some succeed, some don't

Chek Jawa
By Zach Isaiah Chiah It was like Lazarus rising from the dead. “We were stunned at the announcement from Minister Mah. So was everyone else in the room when he said that the Cabinet had decided to defer land reclamation…” “It was one of the most moving ...