Sense And Nonsense

Russians will resist Putin’s “partial” call-up: “I don’t want to die in this senseless war. This is a fratricidal war.”

Vladimir Putin’s “partial mobilisation” of 300,000 citizens to fight his stalled invasion of Ukraine will be watched with much interest by many observers, including the Singapore government. The Russian leader is asking for this number to reinforce about 170,000...

How Singapore can get more value out of the F1

The F1 is back - and I have changed my mind a bit about its non-value for Singapore, at this juncture. But the government should do more to make sure ordinary Singaporeans relate better to the event and are...

10 simple things to make life better for ordinary Singaporeans

I am taking a small break in format from the usual longish column. This may become an irregular series, simply suggesting or pointing out 10 things which can help make life better. Here goes. These are simple 10 things we can...

Why Singaporeans and ASEAN should thank Mikhail Gorbachev

Singaporeans have much to thank the late and last Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev for setting off a chain of events which ended the instability in South-east Asia following the fall of Saigon in 1975. The dissolution of the Soviet...

S377A: Opposition parties are at a disadvantage

It was a political master stroke. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s announcement on Aug 21 that the government will repeal S377A coupled with unusually inclusive words of support for gay Singaporeans as an integral part of the community was...

Don’t let overhead bridges become lift-less and lifeless white elephants

Every morning around 9.30am I am witness without fail to an epic journey undertaken by an elderly man. This senior, disabled with a leg problem, struggles to cross a particular road near my HDB block. Step by agonising step,...

Feng Tianwei, Azuan Tan and Jeffrey Heng: Tears of joy and relief

Three iconic images made their way to the Singapore consciousness in the last two weeks. They reminded us of the various ways and journeys to being Singaporean, sometimes unexpectedly, sometimes spontaneously and sometimes in a moment of realisation and...

Happy 57th birthday, Singapore: 10 predictions for next 57 years

Singapore celebrates its 57 years of independence on Tuesday Aug 9. PM Lee Hsien Loong will probably spell out some of the challenges confronting us in a world grappling with the Covid-19 pandemic, US-China tensions and the Russian invasion...

SportsHub and Clarke Quay: Have Singaporeans been shortchanged?

Singapore’s current so-called nightlife scene is nowhere near as vibrant as in the decades before the 2000s. And that’s a big shame especially because we do not seem to have people who truly understand what it is that we...

Jamus Lim goes to Stanford: may he blaze the trail for Opposition

Jamus Lim’s three-week sabbatical at Stanford University, California has a number of positives, including that Singapore politics is maturing. But first, it gives me a chance to talk about another sabbatical way back in 1968 which had some impact...
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Gay man says that when he was younger, a girl was in a relationship with him just for a dare

A gay man took to social media to question if the repeal of Section 377A in Singapore truly benefited those of the LGBTQ society. In...

FIFA & Qatar in a World Cup row?

Are FIFA and the Qatari World Cup organisers headed for a behind-the-scenes confrontation? I understand that the relationship with the Qatari authorities is believed...

Man says he has Buddha in him, molests two female students, claims he sensed their unhappiness & ailments

Tan Soh Kwan, 59, an odd-job labourer at Fort Canning Park molested two female students. He claimed he had “the Buddha” in him and...

Students get full credit in PSLE maths as long as solution is correct, parents say scores are lower this year

The Singapore Examination and Assessment Board (SEAB) said on Thursday (Dec 8) that students receive full credit for any solution in the Primary School...

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