Stories from Opinion

  • 4 months ago

    We must choose to protect Singapore’s forests

    MARCH 7 — Singapore is a tiny country. At 700 square kms, it is over 400 times smaller than Malaysia and is home to 5.6 million people.  With a population density of...

  • 5 months ago

    Domestic helpers in Singapore need to be protected

    FEBRUARY 28 — Piang Ngaih Don died in July, 2016. The domestic worker had been systematically starved, abused and basically tortured by her Singaporean employers for over a...

  • 5 months ago

    The world doesn’t need super apps

    FEBRUARY 21 — There has been a spate of headlines over the past few weeks suggesting the possibility of a merger between Singapore-based ride hailing giant Grab and its...

  • 5 months ago

    The gods of fortune are smiling on Singapore

    FEB 14 — Chinese New Year has arrived, marking almost a year of the Covid-19 pandemic. Chinese New Year 2020 marked the last time I was able to cross the border to Malaysia;...

  • 5 months ago

    Myanmar’s coup a setback for the region

    FEBRUARY 7 — Last week, the world saw the Myanmar military take control of the country’s capital Naypyitaw and establish complete control of the entire country by...

  • 6 months ago

    Why GameStop matters to us all

    JANUARY 31 — A funny thing happened last week. An American company called GameStop — basically a chain of stores that sells video games — saw its stock market value surge...

  • 6 months ago

    In the case of Australia vs Google

    JANUARY 24 — The Australian government has proposed legislation that will ensure major search engines/social media companies pay news organisations for the news content...

  • 6 months ago

    Is Chinese Privilege a myth?

    JANUARY 17 — At a panel discussion hosted by the Institute of Policy Studies, a Singaporean think tank, it was suggested that the idea of “Chinese Privilege”...

  • 6 months ago

    Singapore’s privacy vs security dilemma

    JANUARY 10 — This week, it emerged that the police will be able to access information gathered by Singapore’s Trace Together contact tracing system which was rolled out to...

  • 7 months ago

    What makes a Singaporean?

    JANUARY 3 — The other day I watched a rerun of a TV episode where New York once again served as the backdrop for the adventures of a zany gang of friends. ...

  • 7 months ago

    Singapore’s Covid-19 Christmas economics

    DECEMBER 27 — There’s no snow. No real sleigh bells. And no one’s roasting anything by an open fire but this weekend Singapore celebrated Christmas like never before....

  • 7 months ago

    Singapore surpasses Switzerland

    DECEMBER 20 — So, after months of Covid-19’s unprecedented economic contraction, restrictions and the embarrassment of large-scale transmission within foreign workers'...

  • 7 months ago

    Making Singapore a land of farmers

    DECEMBER 13 — Singapore is known for its ambition.  This tiny nation (just 700 square kilometres in area, 400 times smaller than Malaysia) is now one of the most...

  • 8 months ago

    A car-free Singapore?

    DECEMBER 6 — The invention of the automobile is credited to Karl Benz. In 1886, his motor wagon featured gears, a carburettor, radiator and spark plugs.  ...

  • 8 months ago

    Why should Christmas be the most prominent festival... in malls?

    NOVEMBER 29 — Another year, another Deepavali past in a blur of family visits, sweets, curries and ang pows.  Well, actually this year was somewhat different with...

  • 8 months ago

    Remembering the days of being a dual passport-citizen

    NOVEMBER 15 — Just before Deepavali, I started cleaning out my room and among the assorted detritus I discovered my old Singapore restricted passport.   The blue...

  • 8 months ago

    Divided, the world falls

    NOVEMBER 8 — So the world’s most powerful democracy held a presidential election a few days ago and well, there were no signs of a clear victory for either candidate...

  • 9 months ago

    It’s Biden vs Trump

    NOVEMBER 1 — The most important political battle on earth will reach its conclusion next week. But what does it mean to us in Asia? Does it mean anything...

  • 9 months ago

    Goldman Sachs – Opening the door for Asian reparations?

    OCTOBER 25 – Goldman Sachs Group Inc's Malaysian subsidiary pleaded guilty on Thursday to US Department of Justice charges and agreed to pay US$2.9 billion (RM12 billion)...