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No singing and swinging in the rain

By Bernard Pereira This picture of students of Fairfield Methodist Scondary clinging to a fence to avoid rising flood waters around their school during heavy rain is truly an image of contrast to the Singapore that we used to live...

The politics of OSC: What next?

By M Palaniyapan Our Singapore Conversation (OSC) wasn’t the government's first attempt to engage the ground and get feedback. The Feedback Unit was set up in 1985 for the same purpose. It was later revamped as REACH in 2006. But the OSC was...

Catherine Lim and LKY

By Robert Yeo    The sentence, Speak Truth to Power, is a Quaker advice and it summed up what Catherine Lim did in a dinner talk she gave at Tanglin Club last month. Indeed, she has been doing that for 17...

The Rudd awakening

By P Francis News DESPITE fine spring weather across most of Australia on Friday, a tsunami of primary votes against the Labor Party caused a landslide in favour of Tony Abbott’s Liberals. To date, no reports were received of any deaths...

Singapore: Cool and Uncool

By Augustine Low Everyone has an idea of what’s cool about Singapore and what isn’t. I’ll have a go at making my top two picks of each. Cool Singlish: Love it or hate it, Singlish is here to stay so we might as well...

Educate the educated

By Robin Low When I was studying in Singapore, I too had felt the stress of exams. I did what everyone else was doing -- memorizing notes, regurgitating textbooks, mugging through “10 year series assessment books” -- and got good...

Why some drugs cost more in Singapore

By Richard Philip You may have noticed that some commonly prescribed drugs for long-term conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure cost more in Singapore than across the Causeway in Malaysia, or other parts of the world. There are...

Vincent Wijeysingha and gay activists barred from Russian embassy, cops show up

SINGAPORE 30th August 2013: Russian diplomats did not respond with love when gay activist  Vincent Wijeysingha and his friends went to present a petition, “To Russia with Love” on Friday. They were refused entry into the Russian embassy. Fourteen...

Are our children being tested too soon and their future decided too early?

By S. Bala The primary school education system formally ends with a high-stake national examination (Primary School Leaving Examination) which streams the pupils based on their ability in four core subjects. Those who do well in the examination can go...

New tycoons in Singapore – what do they bring to the table?

Poor Eduardo Saverin. The Facebook co-founder, Singapore’s eighth richest man in 2012, according to Forbes, was dissed by an Independent reader. The reader wrote: “PM Lee said, ‘Billionaires bring business, they will bring opportunities, they will open new doors,...
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Police report filed against man who filmed himself jamming train door with his hands so he wouldn’t be late

The netizen who posted an unusual “life hack” for not being late online may have gotten many likes, but was also reported to the...

England wary of African champs

THE serious guessing game starts as to who Gareth Southgate names ahead of England's World Cup round of 16 clash with African champions Senegal. The Three...

Billionaire heiress Kim Lim only lasted two months in her 2nd marriage

Singaporean celebrity heiress Kim Lim confirmed that her marriage with Leslie Leow, her 2nd husband, has ended after being together for only 2 months.  The...

Netizen seeks woman who lent her $10 at Punggol MRT taxi stand to take train

A Facebook user got creative with searching for the Good Samaritan who recently helped her to get to where she needed to go when...

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