Zainal Sapari

Today’s article seems to twist the headline of Zainal Sapari’s blogpost

An article on Today “low-wage workers working like ‘slaves’, says labour MP”, dated 14 February seems to have twisted the headline of the Member of Parliament’s blogpost. Mr Zainal Sapari who is the NTUC’s assistant secretary-general had written about the plight of low-wage workers, on the labour movement’s blog, LabourBeat. In it, he said: “when […]

Will Budget 2018 see more Budget cuts for Ministries?

Budget 2018 is less than a week away. But let’s recap a major announcement from last year’s Budget that many don’t actually remember. One of the announcements during last year’s Budget Speech is the permanent two per cent downward adjustment to the budget caps of all Ministries and Organs of State. In his Budget 2017 […]


Budget Schemes and Measures that make the difference to Singaporeans

The first Budget speech was made by the late Mr Lim Kim San in December 1965. Throughout the years, many Budget schemes and measures have come and gone to help make Singapore a better place to live, work and play in. Coming up with Budget schemes and measures take a lot of research and discussion […]

Budget balancing act is tougher than 1+1=2…

So we are once again at the period of the year where the entire nation will be talking about the Budget. By Constitution, the Government’s budget is tightly and properly managed. The government will aim to achieve a balanced budget over each term of government. This means that even though the annual budget may return […]


The need for current and updated laws

Yesterday’s (5 February 2018) Parliamentary sitting is a perfect lesson on Singapore’s system of government. Minister for Law K. Shanmugam made a ministerial statement on the City Harvest Church decision by the Court of Appeal. He said the government “believes that the sentences are too low”. But he added, that the sentences reflect the law […]

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Is Going Freelance Your Next Move?

How many of us would dare to make the leap from being employed to being a freelancer or self-employed? If you intend to join the ranks, you should meet Garick Bay.   Garick, 37, was an Aeronautical Engineer with Singapore Airlines before he made the switch to freelancing in 2011. He now runs his own […]

CHC Case had a “first-mover” advantage in review of Penal Code

The Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) said last week that it will work with relevant ministries on “the appropriate revisions to the Penal Code”. This came after the Court of Appeal on Thursday (1 February) upheld the convictions and sentences of the six leaders of City Harvest Church (CHC). The Judge of Appeal at Thursday’s hearing acknowledged […]

Vote for the Best Fake News Site!

[socialpoll id=”2483676″] Much as been said about fake news and online falsehoods in the past month. A Select Committee was even set up to study deliberate online falsehoods. Here are the nominees for Best Fake News site: States Times Review States Times Review (STR) claims to be the only independent news site and tries to […]

China can help build a better system for a new world order: Chan Chun Sing

The World Economic Forum is happening right now in Davos, Switzerland, with many leaders, economists and academics attending the annual forum. Singapore too, has a delegation led by Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Chan Chun Sing. During a panel discussion on China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), Minister […]


Politics and policy must always keep us together: Janadas Devan

The words “together” and “cohesive” have been words that have been repeated to death the past few weeks. From discussion about 4th Generation leaders to a social capital survey by the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) revealed a sharp social division based on class, instead of race or religion. At yesterday’s IPS’ Singapore Perspectives 2018 […]