Stories from Opinion

  • 4 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...

  • 4 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 —...

  • 5 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...

  • 5 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...

  • 5 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...

  • 5 months ago

    Calling time on National Service in Singapore?

    JANUARY 27 — Many Singaporeans have been asking this question over the past few days. Following the tragic death of Singaporean actor Aloysius Pang after an accident during...

  • 6 months ago

    Finding Singapore in India

    JANUARY 20 — I am not an Indian. I am a Singaporean. I was born here and so were my parents.  Only on my father’s side can I find grandparents born in India, so yes there...

  • 6 months ago

    Singapore’s hawker heritage is more than just about food

    JANUARY 13 — So Singapore is bidding to have hawker food (in fact more broadly, Singapore’s hawker culture) inscribed on Unesco’s list of intangible cultural heritage. This...

  • 6 months ago

    On being a weekday vegetarian

    JANUARY 6 — Meat. The flesh of an animal consumed for food. There is a massive variety of meat — from countless cuts of lamb and pork to more exotic delicacies like venison...

  • 6 months ago

    Five New Year's resolutions for me... and my country

    DECEMBER 30 ― The last few days of a year always feels both rushed and slow. Most offices in Singapore close for the week between Christmas and New Year's; unanswered emails are...

  • 6 months ago

    Who is responsible for security in public spaces?

    DECEMBER 23 — So a robot was deployed to enhance security at Hougang MRT station. A 1.6 metre-tall, relatively autonomous (there’s still a manned centre overseeing things),...

  • 7 months ago

    Something's wrong with Singapore’s Xmas lights

    DECEMBER 16 — Singapore’s iconic Orchard Road has been getting some flak.  Not only are retail sales declining as good old brick and mortar shops face an onslaught from...

  • 7 months ago

    Tension across the Causeway

    DECEMBER 9 ― Over the past few weeks, Malaysian authorities have issued new directives altering/extending the limits of Johor's port. Singapore claims that this extension now...

  • 7 months ago

    Should we only buy Asian?

    DECEMBER 2 — I’m struggling a bit with my new phone. Not exactly earth-shattering news but I’ve made the transition from Apple to Samsung/Android — and moving my WhatsApp...

  • 7 months ago

    And the next prime minister of Singapore is...

    NOVEMBER 25 — THE usually opaque crystal ball that predicts Singapore’s future cleared up for a moment last week and gave us (for an instant) a fairly clear picture of the...

  • 8 months ago

    Making Singaporeans better Samaritans

    NOVEMBER 18 — The other day some friends and I were driving home after 2am and frankly, I couldn’t wait to be in bed. However as we stopped at a traffic light in Bishan, we...

  • 8 months ago

    Deepavali is dying and we must save it

    Nov 11 — ON the eve of Deepavali this year, I woke up and dressed for the day; on a whim, I decided to inject some festive flair into my wardrobe by swapping my staple standard...

  • 8 months ago

    How does Singapore keep being “Singaporean”?

    NOVEMBER 4 — Every time I travel, and I find myself introducing myself as “Singaporean” I am often met with one of two common responses — on diametric opposite ends of the...

  • 8 months ago

    Singaporeans riding the escalator to prosperity

    OCTOBER 28 — Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam has weighed into the issue on inequality in Singapore. Speaking at the 30th anniversary of the Institute of Policy...