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 […]

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 […]