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 […]

Is Singapore too conservative?

If you asked me a dozen years ago if Singapore society was at all liberal, I would have said “No” without batting an eyelid. But today a certain number of areas have been opening up to more progressive ideas and values, which goes to show we are taking giant steps towards becoming a more open […]

Feeding the trolls

One of the Facebook posts we posted last month received some really interesting comments, showing that we’re not the only ones worried about the current trend of irresponsible trolls speaking (in this case typing) louder than constructive netizens. Of course this is hardly a new trend; even before the internet, those that yelled the loudest […]

Entrepreneurism: do you fit the bill?

Entrepreneurism: do you fit the bill?

The Entrepreneurship Review Committee (EnRC) recently held a discussion on how hard it is to motivate Singaporeans into becoming entrepreneurs or working for start-up companies. The 30 entrepreneurs who took part in the session raised some very interesting concerns on nurturing an enterprising spirit. As Minister of State for Trade and Industry, Teo Ser Luck, […]

Elitism in Singapore

Elitism in Singapore

Speaking recently at the Raffles Institution’s (RI) Homecoming dinner for alumni where he was the second recipient of the prestigious Gryphon Award, ESM Goh Chok Tong described the need to guard against elitism in Singapore. Because elitism “threatens to divide the inclusive society that we seek to build”, he urged top schools to play a […]

Oh rats!

Singapore has long been regarded as a clean and green city, but recently the name certainly hasn’t quite lived up to its reputation. Just ask the residents in Tiong Bahru who have had to deal with some nasty, unwanted visitors over the last six months – and they are not just your run of the […]

Bursting the bubble?

A recent article on housing supply painted a highly optimistic picture for all hopeful Singaporean home-owners. According to the author, property prices are set to dip in the coming years thanks to a rise in the number of available properties, a projection further corroborated by this chart from the Singapore Property Cycle: According to a […]

Making the most out of your HDB property

Since the introduction of the Silver Housing Bonus and Enhanced Lease Buyback Scheme on 1st February this year, elderly HDB homeowners have been given opportunities to make more out of their flats. This is a good move to help senior citizens who may be unable to work due to medical conditions or because they are […]

paper chase

Open letter – Time to call off the paper chase?

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of this magazine. This letter was sent anonymously.  Dear Minister Khaw Boon Wan, I recently chanced upon this meme which then led me to an ST article in which you said university […]

I, Doctor

I, Doctor

Various news stories went unnoticed last week due to the overwhelming coverage of the horrifying Boston bombings. One such story was the on-going legal battle over US patients dying after undergoing robot-assisted surgery. The procedure, which is usually done without major complications, seems to raise some interesting questions: who is responsible for a machine’s erroneous […]