20 mins with NMP Faizah Jamal: Harnessing the Power of Mother Nature for a Happier Singapore

  Madam Faizah Jamal (centre), with her daughters, Azura (left) and Almira, rallying to save Bukit Brown from getting demolished to make way for new roads. (Source: Madam Faizah’s Facebook page / Photo credit: Balakrishnan Matchap) “Tak kenal maka tak cinta” is a Malay proverb that translates into “You cannot love what you do not […]

Not so diverse?

A recent WSJ article brought my attention to the old gripe of foreigners being kept at all the top positions in MNCs in Asia. The article discusses the fact that most MNCs still rely on expatriates to fill their top jobs despite being in the region for many years and despite having an abundance of […]

Kiasu until you lose

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but despite our best efforts, many Singaporeans out there are still very kiasu in their day-to-day life. From people pushing and shoving to get on MRT trains, rushing for freebies, cutting queues, to acting rudely, aggressively, and unreasonably to get ahead, these are still many unpleasant experiences we Singaporeans […]

Australian elections 2013: What’s brewing, mate?

Australian politics remind me of a soap opera with all its theatrics and mudslinging. And with the elections looming, things are heating up between the frontrunners for the nation’s top job. Remember last June when former Australian PM Julia Gillard was unceremoniously removed from the job by her predecessor Kevin Rudd? The irony of it […]

3d printing – a new hope?

If you haven’t heard of 3D printing yet then you’re in for a world of amazement! Without getting into technicalities, 3D printing is basically a “process of making a three-dimensional solid object of virtually any shape from a digital model”. That means anything you can design using 3D software can, in theory, be printed out […]

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What’s more expensive – Singapore or Singaporeans’ habits?

Recently, Singapore’s debt level has been touted as “among the highest in Asia”, mainly due to property loans. Not only that, the Credit Bureau Singapore highlighted that more Singaporeans are taking multiple loans – thanks (or no thanks) to low interest rates. As shared by one of our contributors, an average earner here will perpetually […]

Knee jerk government reactions

An internet day is worth a hundred real world days. Remember the kid at My First Skool? Yeah, the news feels so old already doesn’t it? But I read recently, the childcare centre has had its licence tenure cut to six months (from 24 months) by the Social and Family Development Ministry. This means the […]

The cost of prosperity

Our regular readers will have noticed that we strive to write and comment on what’s happening in Singapore with a fair and balanced point of view. But last week some members of the editorial team – including me – got so enraged at something we read online that we almost broke character. What could get […]

Of apples and oranges

A very interesting article was recently published by the Chinese Labour Bulletin. The article goes back to the Chinese SMRT bus drivers’ strike and analyses the outcome from the drivers’ point of view. Only what’s striking (no pun intended) is not so much the unfolding of the events, but the many inaccuracies that permeate throughout […]

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Are Singaporeans whiny?

According to Agung Laksono, Indonesian Coordinating Minister for People’s Welfare, “Singapore shouldn’t be like children, in such a tizzy”. His remarks sparked outrage on the internet, as Singaporeans felt it was unnecessary and unprofessional to criticise their reactions over one of the worst bouts of haze we’ve ever seen. A few days later, other Ministers […]