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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 […]

Clear skies, clear minds

With the air clearing up and the PSI returning to decent levels, it’s time to also clear our heads and think about what can be done going forward to resolve the on-going haze problem and take the necessary preventive measures to avoid another haze-intensive episode. Of course, solving such a big problem isn’t a simple […]

Cause for concern?

Anyone who has been in Singapore over the last two weeks before the rain and hail took place would have noticed the incredible haziness hanging over their heads. Like a thick, fat cloud of burnt air looming over the island, the 2013 Indonesian forest fires made their unwelcome presence felt. Even if you somehow didn’t […]

MDA ruling: discussing the discussions

As you’re probably aware by now, the MDA’s recent ruling to implement a license for websites has sparked many discussions. From the conspiracy theorists who see the ruling as a sign of future mind control to the government loyalists who don’t see where the issue is with online media being more tightly regulated, debates have […]

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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 […]

Does political debate make policy-making inefficient?

The recent policy roll-outs – particularly the population white paper and budget 2013 – have led to such heated debate that some have raised doubts on the effectiveness of a cacophonous political debate. Political differences are to be expected, and they can even be part of a healthy and mature political environment. But that’s only […]

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 […]

The Madmonk speaks: Political Cakup cakup….

Have you seen the internet lately? You can’t scroll past one screen without reading something politically offensive (whichever side of the line you sit). But hor, do you agree with me that our Singapore internet sphere is very, how you say, immature? Everyday, there will be something on Facebook that implies our country has crumbled […]