Surekha A. Yadav

Surekha A. Yadav

Born and bred in Singapore, Surekha A. Yadav is a freelance journalist in Southeast Asia.

Recent Opinion

  • 4 days ago

    Back to the 80s? PM Lee meets PM M

  • 1 week ago

    Watching Malaysia 2.0?

  • 2 weeks ago

    Watching GE14 closely from across the causeway

  • 3 weeks ago

    Singapore’s Cabinet: The cream of the crop?

More from Surekha A. Yadav

  • 1 month ago

    Drama at the petrol station

    APRIL 22 — There are times when I feel immensely frustrated with my country. Its politics, its prices, its wasted opportunities but there are at least an equal number of moments...

  • 1 month ago

    Waging war on the night

    April 15 — Is Singapore a land without happy endings? The government has launched anti-vice crackdowns targeting primarily massage parlours. Putting an end to the illegal extra...

  • 1 month ago

    Of rogue historians and fake news

    APRIL 8 — Academics, Intellectuals and ministers actively debating policy online. Sparring and jostling each other with online messages as the public look on enthused. Sounds...

  • 1 month ago

    Uber changed my life

    APRIL 1 — As one of the three quarters of Singaporeans who don’t have a vehicle of their own, the advent of Uber was truly transformative. I no longer had to wait for a bus or...

  • 1 month ago

    Singapore’s Brutalist beauties

    MARCH 25 — Three of Singapore’s most distinctive and iconic buildings — People’s Park, Pearl Bank and Golden Mile — are set to be sold and likely demolished in the near...

  • 2 months ago

    Is the man who made Singapore William Farquhar?

    MARCH 18 — To Singapore history buffs, he's long been known as Stamford Raffles' right hand man. The administrator who first negotiated the treaties that allowed for the...

  • 2 months ago

    Singapore has no good food of its own?

    MARCH 11 — So, I’ve been tracking the online outrage surrounding Singapore’s exclusion from the list of top 10 food nations in Asia. Iran, Sri Lanka and...

  • 2 months ago

    Moving beyond meritocracy?

    MARCH 4 — Is Singapore a meritocracy? What does the word even mean? I guess in principle it means that people must succeed and achieve based largely on merit i.e. regardless of...

  • 2 months ago

    Ferraris for every Singaporean

    FEBRUARY 25 — The government announced its latest Budget last week. Now, as ever, the public wasn’t exactly gripped by the various targets, forecasts and figures that make up...

  • 3 months ago

    May the new year... bring rest!

    FEBRUARY 18 — Chinese New Year has rolled around again and the advent of the Year of the Dog has given us all a welcome little break. For the first time in what must be months,...

  • 3 months ago

    Is Kuala Lumpur having a moment?

    FEBRUARY 11 — “Kuala Lumpur right now is the best city in the world,” said a close friend of mine last week. Of course I initially scoffed. I mean the Hokkien mee is decent...

  • 3 months ago

    Singapore: Island of winners?

    FEBRUARY 4 — From Kid to King: The Joseph Schooling Story is a new addition on my bookshelf. It’s not quite The Brothers Karamazov but I think it’s an important work as it...

  • 3 months ago

    So who determines what is real or fake news?

    JANUARY 28 — So an era of pervasive global censorship appears to be dawning. After years of concern that governments/ totalitarian regimes would destroy free speech, it turns...

  • 4 months ago

    Singapore and Malaysia: Same, same but different

    JANUARY 21 — So our (Singapore and Malaysia) prime ministers had their annual retreat last week. Officially called the Singapore-Malaysia Leaders’ Retreat, the leaders of our...

  • 4 months ago

    City of the future: Tokyo vs Singapore

    JANUARY 14 – Recently, work has taken me to Japan a few times and as I sit here in an artsy book-filled cafe, eating another feather light slice of strawberry shortcake,...