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Is Capital Punishment Relevant Today?

By P. Francis BARBARIC to some, has capital punishment gone past its use-by date? Is the march to the gallows obsolete? Does the electric chair or death by lethal injection strike fear in would-be criminals? These questions have sparked fiery...

Ballot boxes: Tan Jee Say wants thorough police probe

The empty ballot boxes deserve a thoroughgoing police probe, says Tan Jee Say. Mr Tan, who contested the 2011 presidential election, is surprised by the sudden discovery of two empty ballot boxes. This is irregular. The ballot boxes are...

Vincent Wijeysingha resigns from SDP

By Kumaran Pillai Outgoing Singapore Democratic Party treasurer Dr Vincent Wijeysingha gave this exclusive, no-holds-barred interview to The Independent Singapore before his resignation from the party. He spoke openly about his journey through the political landscape, the prejudices he faced...

It’s Singapore, not Swingapore

By Abhijit Nag “What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason! how infinite in faculty!” said Hamlet.  He wouldn’t have been so sure about human rationality, though, had he gone around taking opinion polls. Did you see...

Four Issues We Must Have Missed at the National Day Rally Speech

By Ryan Ong MoneySmart.sg Know what happened last Sunday? Last Sunday I sat around waiting for the next half of the National Day Rally speech. Hell, I waited. By the time of the midnight Simpson’s rerun, I realized two things: (1)...

Is Singapore on its way to building stronger safety nets?

You have to hand it to the people.  You can have masterminds in government, but it is the “demos” – the common people, the populace – who ultimately decide how well a country or, at least, a democracy is...

PM Does Not Move Me

By Augustine Low As Prime Minister, Mr Lee Hsien Loong has been competent and committed. He has done well for Singapore. On the international stage, he has not once let Singapore down. Yet I have misgivings. Of his leadership style, I am...

The most stirring speech of PM Lee’s career

But style overshadowed substance; time will tell if it is a decisive pivot towards inclusiveness or incrementalism rebranded Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong today delivered the most important speech of his political career. And what a speech it was. His...

This exam-smart PAP may pass the test

By Cherian George This was probably Lee Hsien Loong's best National Day Rally speech ever, because he played to his government's strengths – and sidestepped its main weakness. Compared with most states, the PAP government has traditionally scored an A* in...

Where is the love, Singapore?

By Herbert Teo Having left Singapore almost 30 years ago, technology has allowed me to follow my country of birth’s birthday on August 9 as though I was there sitting in the stands in front of Marina Bay’s Floating Platform. This...
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Singapore woman’s viral fitness journey took over 7 years, inspires many across the world

If it's time to start making "New Year Resolutions," let this 25-year-old Singaporean bodybuilder give you a boost in...
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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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