Sense And Nonsense

PAP: Living in a world of disconnect?

  The government tried to do a Sevilla-plus on their critics this week. Earlier this week, Sevilla came back from 0-3 down against Liverpool in their Champions League match at the end of the first half to score three goals...

Excerpts from The Phantom Of Oxley Castle

  Someone DHL’d a parcel earlier this week to me at The Independent office in Paya Lebar. I don’t get that many such parcels, maybe no more than 10, ever. So I was very curious. What was in it? A...

MRT: No blame, no pain, no shame

  As 2017 lurches to an end, three images are already stuck in our collective mind. One is, of course, 38 Oxley Road. The second is the MRT train stranded in flood water in the Bishan tunnel on October 7....

Thank you, Low Thia Khiang, no thanks, Singapore’s transport mess-uppers

  Remember that Corrs hit  - “Breathless”? The daylight's fading slowly The time with you is standing still… And I'm losing the will to try Can't hide it (can't hide it), can't fight it (can't fight it) Go on go on Leave me breathless Well, it has...

Which one – Heng, Chan or Ong? And what about the PAP, will it be around forever?

  Predictably chewing gum cropped up in a media dialogue during PM Lee Hsien Loong’s Washington trip. But thankfully, not all the discussions were so stuck in the early 2000s. At least two or three more newsy and relevant Singapore...

PM Lee goes to Washington, DC

  Of all its foreign relations, Singapore’s relations with the United States has been its most important one. More important, I believe, than that with China, Malaysia, Australia-New Zealand, Britain, Indonesia and Japan, all of whom are vital to our...

SPH and MRT: Two sinking ships?

  Two very troubled Singapore institutions have been hogging the news the last week. Both have a direct impact on the lives of Singaporeans. One -  Singapore Press Holdings and its jurassic Pyongyang Times-era newspapers  - we can live without...

Blade Runner 2049 more fun than pained looks contest between Sylvia Lim and K. Shanmugam

  GV Paya Lebar opened last week with, among other offerings, Blade Runner 2049, the long-awaited sci-fi neo-noir sequel to the original cult classic Blade Runner. This statement alone marks a number of notable milestones  - for the film and...

Singaporeans are not idiots Part 2

  Let’s continue with DPM Tharman Shanmugaratnam’s Singaporeans are not morons conversation. I reiterate, we are not fools. Now, where are we this week? We are at what I would describe as a curious juncture. Everyone seem to be talking at...

Yes, DPM Tharman, we’re not idiots. We do read the inside pages and between the lines

  I totally agree with Tharman Shanmugaratnam. “I don’t think Singaporeans are fools”, the DPM said at a Q-and-A session held after the NTU’s inaugural Majulah Lecture on Wednesday. Yes, we are not. Tharman said Singaporeans are discerning. When people get...
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