Labour MPs Couldn’t Stop Talking About This At Debate On President’s Address

Whilst the rest of Singapore were preoccupied whether or not the President mooted the idea to stop using CPF for housing (she didn’t, this guy did), we challenged ourselves to summarise what all the Labour MPs said in Parliament, in the debate on the President’s Address. Here are our summaries, not just in one sentence, […]

How Parliament Became a Pokemon Go Gym Yesterday – Administration of Justice (Protection) Bill

It was a battle of wills and wit. According to NMP Kuik Shiao-Yin, the debate on the Bill spelling out contempt of court, or the Administration of Justice (Protection) Bill, started at 230pm. It finally ended at 930pm. [fbembed][/fbembed] Here’s a lowdown on some of the verbal battles that happened in the Pokemon Go gym at […]


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. […]

Employers, change for your low-wage workers’ sake!

If you do not know by now, Singapore’s economy and employment landscape is undergoing a change. With the global economy slowing down, authorities and analysts have been calling on businesses and employers to change the way they operate and how they engage employees. In his maiden Budget, Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat introduced measures to […]

The Great Singapore Sale General Elections :Part III

12th August Leading up to the General Elections, fivestarsandamoon will bring you a DAILY round-up that will give you everything you need, to place your vote. We scan the www for you for big fat general election deals, and break it down into mini offers for you. 1. Ohoh – Are your MPs speaking up […]

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 […]


Bankruptcy: the end of the line?

Since last year’s Parliamentary Sitting, the DPM and MOF have been asked to review the Act which allows employees to claim a cap of 5 months’ salary or $7,500, whichever is lower, in the event that a company goes bust. While the purpose of the cap is to strike a balance between the rights of […]

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 […]