Really gay or Labelled gay?

How often do we hear the phrase “so gay” in our society nowadays? I would say pretty often. That’s why when the article “MOE should not hire homosexual teachers”  was brought to light by TRS, I hesitated to believe. The phrase “so gay” is so callously used today that many don’t see the gravity of […]

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 […]

Malays

Are Malays in Singapore special?

In Article 152 of the Constitution of Singapore entitled ‘Minorities and special position of Malays’, it is stated that: (1)    It shall be the responsibility of the Government constantly to care for the interests of the racial and religious minorities in Singapore. (2)    The Government shall exercise its functions in such manner as to recognise […]

Social enterprises – the future of entrepreneurship

Social enterprises are increasingly being mentioned in articles discussing innovative business models. But what exactly are they? How do they work? And what is their purpose/usefulness for Singapore? There doesn’t seem to be one unique definition out there, but basically they’re a somewhat modern type of business: they straddle the fence between the conventional private […]

Socialising businesses in Singapore

Unless you were living under a rock these past couple of weeks, you will have heard of the heart-warming story of coffee shops and customers joining forces to bring free coffees to the needy. The practice, commonly known as Pay It Forward, is very simple: people buying a cup of coffee can choose to pay […]

Thanking the unsung heroes of Singapore

Pictures of Singapore’s unsung heroes have been showing on Facebook. It’s basically a project to compile the faces of all the people who help make Singapore awesome. That’s why it has quickly received many positive comments from people who think it’s about time those that give Singapore its true soul are recognised! It’s true: next […]

Innovation can reduce inequalities in Singapore

Singapore society is going through many changes, like growing income gap and the deepening inequalities which many Singaporeans see as getting worse and worse. What’s more sian is when international headlines show the rich in Singapore spending  money while local papers show how the poor and middle people cannot make it. Exhibit A: Singapore, playground for […]

Budget 2013

Budget 2013: Take a step back and look around

All this talk about the Budget 2013 has made it very hard to actually take a step back and evaluate Singapore’s budget priorities. As we all know, there’s a big difference between what government officials declare and what they actually do. Often-times it’s not because they don’t want to do what they promised, but because […]