Sense And Nonsense

Bukit Timah floods: $300 million gone in a flash?

As we await Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s National Day Rally speech this evening (Aug 29), I will take this chance to reminisce a bit about floods, roads and the MRT. If nothing else, it will give us some...

Afghanistan: Fighting for a foreigner-propped facade. May Singapore not suffer a similar fate

Actually, the story of Afghanistan, just like the story of Vietnam, is not about the withdrawal or collapse of a foreign power-supported regime. It has always been about not depending on others to fight for you. If you are...

EPL: Leicester City’s perfect storm to reprise 2016?

The English Premier League kicked off last night. Singapore soccer fans would have joined at least 1.3 billion viewers around the world to watch the start of yet another season of addictive soccer madness, Covid-19 or no Covid-19. I...

Covid-19: Revenge of the elderly, neglected dialect-speaking Chinese Singaporean?

If the foreign workers dormitories were, at one time, the shameful underbelly of a society touted as First World, quite a substantial portion of Singapore’s Pioneer/Merdeka generations has turned out to be an almost forgotten group of people. The...

What else can Joseph Schooling now do for Singapore?

What shall we do with Joseph Schooling, our only Olympic gold medallist ? Or, maybe more pertinently, where does Schooling, 26, see himself in the years and decades ahead? These are fair questions because we seemed to have ignored...

Covid-19: KTV cluster, Jurong Fishery Port outbreak and unvaccinated elderly are three missteps too many

Three missteps have brought Singapore to the current Phase Two Heightened Alert. As a result, Singaporeans are “biting the bullet” until three a half weeks later when it is unclear, at this stage, whether things will get much better. The...

Look beyond the cluster bluster and keep Singapore night scene alive, KTVs included

Could the KTV cluster have been prevented? I am not sure but it has definitely exposed possible weak links in our immigration and law enforcement agencies during this Covid-19 pandemic period. They could have done better. The problem is not...

CECA: Stop fake exasperation, release more data and start real debate

Finally, the government has decided to “debate” CECA – after stalling for some time. Last Tuesday’s (June 6) Parliament sitting saw two ministers delivering lengthy statements on Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) and, specifically, the Singapore-India Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement...

Winston Choo can teach today’s SAF generals and ex-generals a thing or two

Before the scholars, the two men most identified with the Singapore Armed Forces were Kirpa Ram Vij and Winston Choo, its first army chiefs. The former helped lay the barest foundation of the SAF in its formative years from...

Orange & Teal: Will Lee Hsien Yang be there? And will Jamus Lim now open a Cockles café?

Covid-19 continued to hog the headlines, with the unsatisfactory rate of vaccination among elderly Singaporeans a growing concern. Race and racism had a big let’s get the conversation going airing by Finance Minister Lawrence Wong. But, to me anyway,...
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17 months jail for maid who shot and shared TIkTok video of herself bathing old man

Singapore – A domestic worker in Singapore was sentenced to 17 months' jail on Thursday (Jan 27) after she admitted recording and sharing online...

Family of otters no match for lone monitor lizards’ powerful tail whacking as they try to steal a fish

Singapore – A glimpse of nature at work was caught on camera as a family of otters tried to steal a fish from a...

Coffee & tea price increase at Geylang East Food Centre

Dear Editor, I refer to the attached picture taken from a stall at Geylang East Food Centre, 117 Aljunied Ave 2 when the 'GST hike'...

Single mum keen to earn side income, loses nearly $50,000 to ‘Gucci’ scammers

Singapore – News of the surge of phishing scams involving  OCBC Bank has made many other bank customers come forward with their own stories...
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