Stories from Opinion

  • 4 months ago

    Heels, has the time come for a flat earth?

    JUNE 9 — Over the last few months, women in Japan have been engaged in an uprising against the high-heeled shoe.  Actor and writer Yumi Ishikawa submitted a petition to...

  • 4 months ago

    Spoiler alert: Aladdin was French

    JUNE 2 — Like millions of other nostalgic 80/90s kids, last week I trotted off to watch Aladdin. I was worried this would be an exercise in Disney cashing in on nostalgia,...

  • 4 months ago

    Americans and Chinese are coming for your phone

    MAY 26 — Your phone is now on the front lines of a struggle for global dominance. The US government’s actions in terms of banning US companies from doing business with Huawei...

  • 5 months ago

    Singapore and the single mother

    MAY 19 — Here’s the scenario; a woman, over 30 years old, decides to have a baby.  She is not married but she is financially stable and has the time and support network...

  • 5 months ago

    Singapore strikes against fake news

    MAY 12 — Last week, Singapore's parliament passed a Bill giving government ministers broad powers to combat fake news.  The Protection from Online Falsehoods and...

  • 5 months ago

    Singapore and the right to silence

    MAY 5 — The local coffee shop recently stopped broadcasting football matches in the evenings. Champions League and Premier League fans were apparently disturbing the sleep and...

  • 5 months ago

    Terror in Sri Lanka

    APRIL 28 — At around 9am on Easter Sunday, a man walked into a crowded restaurant in the Shangri La hotel in Colombo, Sri Lanka and blew himself up. His backpack...

  • 6 months ago

    The monuments of Singapore

    APRIL 21 — A building in Paris burned down and the whole world seems to be sad. On one hand, it seems like an over-reaction. No one died, the building was old (700 years old),...

  • 6 months ago

    Behold, Singapore’s new Jewel

    APRIL 14 — So, a large new mall attached to Singapore's airport opened this week.  Now in Singapore, developments related to our airport count as news. Changi Airport is...

  • 6 months ago

    Singapore, a sequel

    APRIL 7 ― Eighteen million people visited Singapore last year. The highest number in history. That’s a staggering number; over five visitors for every single citizen, and...

  • 6 months ago

    Cambodia’s environment, Singapore’s problem

    MARCH 31 — So, apparently, my neighbourhood smells of urine. That’s right, Yishun — that proud northern region of our island — denigrated by the ignorant as a hotbed of...

  • 6 months ago

    Is anywhere out there safe from hatred?

    MARCH 24 — Just over a week ago, New Zealand suffered its worst terrorist attack. Dozens of people were gunned down while praying in two mosques in Christchurch.  The...

  • 7 months ago

    Singapore, Malaysia crawling towards a better relationship

    MARCH 17 — Singapore and Malaysia agreed on something. These days, that counts as news.  Last week, it was announced that the two governments would suspend (but not...

  • 7 months ago

    Malaysia and Singapore heading for a water divorce?

    MARCH 10 — Water. A fundamental requirement for all life as we know it. The human body, as any child knows, is over 60 per cent water. The average adult should drink two litres...

  • 7 months ago

    Ageing population, rising retirement age?

    MARCH 3 — Retirement, a time when you don’t have go to work every day. When your inbox becomes a pleasant place from which to send letters to distant friends and not a source...

  • 7 months ago

    Singapore on a Budget

    FEBRUARY 24 — Earlier this week, on February 19 — the Singapore government delivered its annual Budget.  The various figures with regards to government spending —...

  • 8 months ago

    Who likes short shorts?

    FEBRUARY 17 ― Singapore is hot. Sweltering. Scorching. On any given afternoon, you are guaranteed to be sweating. Which is why our general dress-code is sensibly casual. Shorts...

  • 8 months ago

    Is Singapore what London ought to be?

    FEBRUARY 10 — “Our country is going to be like Singapore.” This sort of statement is trotted out by the governments of various countries (typically developing ones) all the...

  • 8 months ago

    When the race card is the only one being played

    FEBRUARY 3 — “Playing the race card” is a common accusation levelled against minorities trying to articulate systematic injustices. It is an expression designed to undermine...