Stories from Opinion

  • 4 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'...

  • 4 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...

  • 5 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.  ...

  • 5 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...

  • 5 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...

  • 6 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...

  • 6 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...

  • 6 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)...

  • 6 months ago

    The world needs Julian Assange to be free

    OCTOBER 18 — Sometime early next year, Australian hacker and activist Julian Assange will be told by a judge in the UK that he will be extradited to the USA to face a host of...

  • 6 months ago

    Singapore’s communities and Covid-19

    OCTOBER 11 — The other day I was in the lift heading down to the carpark when an elderly man got in and coughed. Seconds later, I coughed.  We both immediately leapt away...

  • 7 months ago

    Mod Sin: Taking the idea from food to other fields

    OCTOBER 4 — Singapore has a talent problem or so we are often told. There isn’t enough local talent particularly for some highly skilled and specialised...

  • 7 months ago

    What is there to (not) love?

    SEPTEMBER 27 — I love Malaysia. Singapore is home and, of course, you always love home more but I love Malaysia as a friend, a neighbour and a frequent visitor.  It’s...

  • 7 months ago

    Singapore’s Pofma and the burden of proof

    SEPTEMBER 20 — The Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (Pofma) is perhaps the most controversial piece of legislation passed by Singapore’s parliament in...

  • 7 months ago

    Singapore’s justice warriors

    SEPT 13 — Parti Liyani is not a celebrity but the 46-year-old Indonesian domestic helper is now famous across Singapore. She’s become prominent not so much for any particular...

  • 8 months ago

    Don’t be reserved about Singapore’s reserves

    SEPTEMBER 6 — Singapore’s 14th Parliament kicked off its term last week with the President’s address.  The address and the debate that follows typically provide an...

  • 8 months ago

    Old isn’t gold in Singapore

    AUGUST 30 — They say only death and taxes are certain in this life.  Though in fact if you avoid death long enough to have to pay lots of taxes, you typically have to face...

  • 8 months ago

    Waiting for some crazy rich (home-grown) Singaporeans

    AUGUST 23 — I love Hai Di Lao. What’s not to love about high quality hot pot with awesome sides and noodle-based theatrics for a reasonable price?   So I was happy...

  • 8 months ago

    How to enjoy (or not) the National Day celebrations

    AUGUST 16 — Last week, I happily wrote about how much I enjoy Singapore's National Day, in particular the decentralising of the military parade so our army can be seen by...

  • 9 months ago

    Singapore celebrates 55 years of nationhood

    AUGUST 9 — Today we celebrate Singapore’s 55th National Day. Fifty-five years of existence as an independent nation.  It is an important milestone — for...