Mind your slip, ministers

By Augustine Low If metaphor, analogy and turn of phrase sound tricky and you try and steer clear, you are not alone. But not our politicians, who are in the habit of using figures of...
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Govt audits, it's the same story every year

DPM replies “with regards to this year's instances of procurement lapses, there was no basis to suspect any fraudulent or corrupt intent. However, in some of the cases during the last five years, there were...
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NS debate Part 3: Competing demands tear NSmen apart

By Zach Isaiah Chia It is the post-NS experience, rather than the two-year conscription, that needs urgent attention. A main factor is the competing demands on those who have to do reservist training. Here are some: Get...

Two examples of ST's bias

By Augustine Low The novelist and playwright Samuel Beckett had one of his characters proclaim, “Habit is a great deadener.” This came to mind when a telling detail emerged – or more aptly, re-surfaced – in...

Hijab: Time to Take a Stand

It seems that the pro-hijab campaigners are once again being let down – this time by Facebook, but they managed to overcome it. The movement’s Facebook page, Singapore Hijab Movement, which got over 26,000 likes...

English as it is spoken in Parliament

By Augustine Low Doublespeak. Beating around the bush. The art of answering without answering. Call it what you will, some of the Ministerial replies to MPs’ questions in Parliament this week can be seen as baffling...

Poverty: Where is the will?

Three PAP Members of Parliament thought they were doing the poor amongst us a great favour by standing up in Parliament and declaring that the government's help schemes were not reaching the needy. They gave...

Dogs, Taxes and Shanmugam

Law and Foreign Affairs Minister steps in to help animal welfare group Save Our Street Dogs (SOSD). If there is one thing all Singaporeans should know about Law & Foreign Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam,...

Blogger's take on self-censorship, media scene

The following are excerpts of an interview with Kirsten Han, a prominent Singaporean blogger and activist, with an interest in social justice and human rights. The interview appeared in Mumbrella. What’s the secret to growing a...

Song and dance over a sampan

By Tan Bah Bah Times have changed and yet they have really not – at least judging from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s criticism of commentator Koh Buck Song. PM Lee prefers that we continue to...
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