Why Can’t We Strike in Singapore?

When we see videos of other people marching down streets chanting slogans, with simple banners, placards, costumes and fists raised, it all looks very heroic, doesn’t it? Barring the SMRT strike in 2015, the closest thing we have to a strike here in Singapore is mass resignation or mass MC. Some chaff that striking will […]

Discrimination in Japan against Mothers

This is an Abe-omination. Japanese bosses urging pregnant women to have abortions. I just read this article from The Economist, 5-11 September 2015 issue. One of the most developed Asian countries still has a third world mindset towards women (South Korea being another majorly backward country in terms of female empowerment). This is not a […]

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 […]

Love thy neighbour

With Singa’s recent public resignation (turns out it was a “planned hoax” and this magazine has written about it) and the government’s plan of enforcing compulsory neighbour mediation law, one can’t help but question the state of our ‘friendly’ societal tolerance. How would you feel about having the law jump in to get you and […]

Cycling in Singapore

Cycling in Singapore: why all the hate?

It’s funny how in Singapore we’re constantly complaining about the price of COE, the MRT breakdowns, and the overcrowded buses, but we also can’t stand those that use alternative modes of transport. Don’t believe me? Just go on Stomp or Youtube and you’ll see hundreds of articles, photos, and videos of people insulting cyclists who […]

Can discrimination be positive?

Discrimination is usually seen as a negative concept. Whether it’s refusing access to a job, denying entry to a location, or reinforcing inequalities, discrimination can take many forms and can be found in all areas of life. It can be explicit or implicit: “No Indians” in property ads or “must speak Mandarin” in job descriptions. […]

Singaporeans give their two cents on WorkPro

The recent S$170m WorkPro scheme represents a generous sum of money dedicated to encouraging non-active people (those not holding a job and not actively looking for one) to re-enter the workforce. A retention bonus will also be given if the employee stays with the company for at least a year. For those that have never […]

PSLE

From PSLE to FST (Foreigners Screening Test)?

Being a born and bred Singaporean, the changes to the law for foreign employment came as good news to me. Sure, I came across reports saying that some bosses are complaining about not being able to find enough waitresses and service staff, but honestly, those are not really my dai ji since I’m a salaried […]

Singaporeans first

“Singaporeans first” – what is it all about?

Philippines’s popular fast food chain Jollibee opened its doors in Singapore two weeks ago. Quite an exciting news for food-loving Singaporeans, right? But the situation turned a little sour when rumours started spreading on the company’s alleged preference towards Filipino workers; angry Singaporeans even threatened to boycott the restaurant! In the end, the company officially […]