Tag: Toa Payoh

Vandalism and political defiance

By Trinity Chua and Tan Yong Heng Defiance and dissent is taking on a slightly violent streak. Vandals have struck by scrawling anti-PAP words on top of a Toa Payoh block of flats, painting on the war monument and attacking posters at bus stops. We spoke...

Name, shame…what a shame!

Those who are 17 years old in Singapore are not old enough to vote. They’re not old enough to get married without parental consent, they’re not old enough to serve National Service, they’re not old enough to drive, they’re barely old enough to have...

Let’s have a Democracy Wall

What turns an angry anti-social into a vandal? Frustration. An inability to channel anger into something useful. Is it significant that expletives against the PAP be spray-painted 22 storeys up on an HDB block? Not really — similar sentiments have been expressed online. What...

Hri Kumar in introspective mood

Not yet a grey head, lawyer and politician Hri Kumar Nair says he has   been thinking a lot about growing old. When he walks around Toa Payoh, the elderly population in the area strikes a chord in him. "My constituency of  Toa Payoh has many elderly residents....

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...