We (badly) need statistics on unreported sexual harassment, crime and violence

“I inherited a world that did not make me feel very safe, did not make me feel fully empowered as a female, did not make me feel that i have a voice,” said Debra Teng, actress and also the producer of Under The Carpet: #metoo.   We all understand that sexual harassment, crime and violence […]

Oxfam report is flawed and irresponsible

Not everything that has words such as “Ox” or “Bridge” or “Institute” or has statistics and printed in a book is correct, intelligent or even logical. The Oxfam report says we are not doing “enough” to fix inequality. By their standards, we ought to be doing two things: Taxing the rich more Spending more on […]

Budget

The “Retirement + Re-employment Act” should be renamed

The name of the statutory act that provides for minimum retirement age should be changed. Today it is called the “Retirement and Re-Employment Act”. The wordings of the title and the content of the Act are problematic, no thanks to semantics. The word retirement, to a Singaporean, immediately brings to mind financial adequacy. Then, it […]

Goodbye eScooters and shared bikes…Singapore was just not ready for you.

More restrictions, laws and enforcement will be enacted against mobility devices and shared bikes. Their usefulness has become so narrow. And do you know why this is so? Singaporeans are just too immature to handle them.  We have been reckless with technology that would otherwise have made transportation even better. We have been intolerant and […]

The HDB worry is unnecessary and imaginary

The stress is imaginary, the worry is unnecessary and the criticism is directed at the wrong points. The social contract had done its work and I argue it continues to work. The citizen’s fear is that by the time 70 years has lapsed, the estate would be taken from them and they would be left […]

Freehold vs Leasehold: Does it really matter?

Firstly, landed property is the only true freehold. No condo is truly freehold, no matter what it says on PropertyGuru. The confused debate between free vs leasehold is muddled further because the picture on everyone’s mind is a multi-storey building. Condos and apartments ought to be classified as commonhold properties and the prices between each […]

How you can invest like Temasek

It was reported today that Temasek’s total holdings today amount to some $308b. It is a healthy number. Well actually to an investor, any number that is bigger than the previous year is a healthy number. Rule number one: don’t lose money (Warren Buffett). But don’t just watch Temasek having all the fun, you too can […]

Ah yes, Mahathir is back in the house

At first, I was all “wait and see”. Mahathir showed all the signs of a leader who could turn things around. I thought the axing of consumption tax was a good move. Show the electorate that you will fulfil promises but keep revenue coming in at the same time.  Calling for donations was also a […]

We reveal secrets of Singapore’s success to Malaysia’s Finance Minister

Malaysia’s newly minted Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng was reported to have handed out some morale boosting talk to a group of Malaysian entrepreneurs, the quote of which made headlines in Singapore. “…why must we lose to Singapore every time? Beat them at their own game, you can do it.” Lim attributes Singapore’s success to […]

paper chase

Degrees are losing their shine, what can we do about it?

“Nearly half of existing university degrees could be obsolete within a decade”,said one Australian headline. “Your college degree is worthless”,read an American study. Across the world, students are concerned about the relevance of their papers in a fast evolving world. “Some university leaders estimate that around 40 per cent of existing degrees will soon be […]