借刀杀人 = causing harm, but with a borrowed weapon *** So this is what happened: In Parliament, WP’s (Workers’ Party) Sylvia Lim pressed the gahmen to learn from Bhutan. The country enjoys a high gross national happiness index and has an admirable approach to growth. So Minister Khaw Boon Wan (two days later) responded – by sharing his experience in Bhutan, and his observations. […]

Uninvited: But it was never personal

  The following message came in from a person who identifies himself as “Chan”. Did you know the Lunar New Year reception is to show appreciation to a wide cross section of people who have helped serve the community? With limited space at the Istana, the invitees are rotated among grassroots leaders and volunteers. It […]


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 […]


What’s in a scandal?

As a foreigner in Singapore I find the recent Aljunied-Hougang Town Council affair quite interesting to follow. I won’t pretend I understand all the nooks and crannies of the Singapore GRC/Town Council system, but I do think it’s a positive development that issues such as political influence, conflict of interest, and responsibility with citizens’ money […]

Budget 2013: Improving transportation capacity and fares

Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam announced earlier this week that congestion and waiting times – one of Singaporeans’ most pressing daily problems – will be tackled head-on in the 2013 budget.   Coupled with Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew’s announcement a couple of weeks ago of the Fare Review Committee’s recommendations to […]