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Scrap GRC system; Maruah suggests alternatives

A Singapore human rights organisation wants the GRC system scrapped without sacrificing minority representation in Parliament. The Independent talks to Braema Mathi, the president of the group, Maruah 1. What are Maruah's main reasons for wanting to scrap the GRC...

Iskandar hit or hype?

New projects are springing up in Iskandar, Johor but where are the tenants? Buyers are concerned about high crime rates in JB. By Mathew Yap “What do you think of Johor-Iskandar as an investment?” I casually asked Delvin, a director of...

Singapore's No 1 soccer fan

By Suresh Nair  PASSION is a seven-letter word deep-seated in Associate Professor Ho Peng Kee as he plays a pivotal role in promoting Singapore football. Now retired from politics, the former senior minister of state (law & home affairs), who was...

They did it, the kids I mean

By Abhijit Nag “If there be a paradise on earth, it is here, it is here,” proclaims the inscription at the entrance of a famous Mughal building in India. The existence, location and admission rules of the Pearly Gates are...

Why not a party?

By Tan Bah Bah The buntings are up for the National Day Parade or NDP, as most Singaporeans would refer to the national bash. Once a year, Singaporeans from every section of society get together to celebrate the country’s birthday...

Prime Minister Lee’s National Day Message 2013

Amidst economic and political stresses, an emphasis on unity and inclusiveness Most Singaporeans viewing the Prime Minister’s National Day message, released on 8 August, would find some notes that resonated with their concerns. The message struck a cautious balance between...

Free speech is only as strong as your weakest link

By Kumaran Pillai Managing Editor Firstly, my sincere thanks to MDA and folks for announcing our arrival.  And I thought that it would be apt to start the inaugural issue about the threats to free speech on the Internet in...

Media in Singapore

For media watchers in Singapore, this is bonus time. In the space of just a year, two definitive books have emerged to tell the Singapore media story from two very different angles. And this in a country which hardly scrutinises...

Predictability suffers as PM No 4 remains elusive

By PN Balji Who would have thought that this piece would still be relevant a decade later?  Way before Mr Lee Kuan Yew stepped aside as Singapore's first Prime Minister in 1990, the world knew who would take over. And as...

Singapore's new internet rules

LIGHT TOUCH WITH A HARD KNOCK Singapore is a strange country, politically speaking that is. The signals it sends out one day can send you the wrong way the very next day if you follow them blindly. Like this one: Just...
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Grab driver says he earned over $5,200 in a week during CNY, netizens speculate he likely drove over 15 hours a day

SINGAPORE: A Facebook post about a Grab driver who says he made a whopping $5,227.82 in just one short week. The Grab Driver’s Statement was...

Piles of rubbish at Jurong West leaves netizen speechless, both loose and packed in bags scattered across various places

SINGAPORE: It’s entirely reasonable to expect areas where we eat to be kept clean, and can be quite distressing when they’re not. One netizen who...

Rats in Singapore Zoo seen to be gasping for air, animal welfare group expresses concern

SINGAPORE: “PSA, MORE AIR HOLES NEEDED FOR YOUR RATS,” Hamster Society Singapore appealed to Mandai Wildlife Reserve in an Instagram post, along with a...

OPINION | How do you deal with getting screwed by your employer, who cuts off your only source of income?

Now that the first few days of Chinese New Year have ended, it's time to address the taboo topic of getting screwed. Like it...

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