Lee Kuan Yew

What LKY should have done

By P.N. BALJI A frail Lee Kuan Yew marked his 90th birthday on September 16 in a country that is transitioning from his iron-fisted form of democracy to a new style of politics that will...
Twitter messages

Ask the Prime Minister, mind the tweets

By Abhijit Nag Did you watch Ask the Prime Minister on Channel NewsAsia last night? I was following the comments on Twitter at the same time – and it was a parallel universe. The tweets...
Racial harmony

Some hard truths about race

Singapore's race relations were put under the microscope in an exhaustive survey recently. The results showed that although Singaporeans are generally open to other races in the public sphere, they are not so in...
Jeremy Lim

What Singapore did right — and wrong — in health care

By PN Balji Editor, The Independent Singapore MediShield Life is a step in the right direction offering the hope that all Singaporeans will enjoy some minimum level of health insurance to protect against financially catastrophic illnesses. When...
Hazel Poa

Hazel Poa stepping down as NSP secretary-general

By Kumaran Pillai Hazel Poa is stepping down as secretary general of the National Solidarity Party (NSP).  She has been suffering from stress-related ailments for the last couple of months and has not been showing...

Elections not enough? We also need referendums

By Vignesh Louis Naidu A couple of weeks ago, Zurich opened its first drive-through sex boxes. These were built by the state to provide prostitutes a clean and safe environment to work from and to...

Redefining meritocracy

By Augustine Low Elitism and meritocracy have suddenly become buzzwords. Public Service Commission Chairman Eddie Teo said on Tuesday in an open letter on the PSC website that the PSC will continue to guard against elitism...
Chan Chun Sing

Elections Department to tighten ballot box handling

The Elections Department (ED) will look into how to tighten the handling and disposal of uncontrolled items such as ballot boxes during the electoral process, Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing...

Our faulty Singapore Conversation

By Vernon Chan News Analysis The publication of the Our SG Conversation Survey on 25 August 2013 has elicited varied responses. While there are some who have taken it at face value, some political commentators have...
Tan Jee Say

The Chiams, Tan Jee Say and mooncakes

By Kumaran Pillai Former presidential candidate Tan Jee Say has been invited to eat mooncakes with the Chiams. But “it is no ordinary mooncake,” said one SPP member, “it is a political mooncake that is...
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