PM Lee Hsien Loong

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...
Catherine Lim

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...

VW's resignation: some clues better than some truths

By Kumaran Pillai News Analysis The exit of Vincent Wijeysingha from the Singapore Democratic Party can be traced to the change in the party's political strategy in the last three to five years. The party has steadily...

Maslow's tyranny and Singapore's needs

By Nazry Bahrawi For his unwitting role in shaping Singapore, Abraham Maslow can be seen as the modern equivalent of Sang Nila Utama. Like the Hindu prince, the American psychologist was central to defining this...

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?...
Tan Jee Say

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...
Vincent Wijeysingha

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...

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...
Singapore Politics

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,...
Singapore Political News

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,...