Political elites are out of touch with ordinary Singaporeans
The irony of how the harder Singapore politicians try to show they know the needs and worries of ordinary people, the more apparent it is that they have become out of touch with realities on the ground.
Leong Mun Wai gets to sharpen his debating skills while PAP MPs get to...
Opinion: Leong Mun Wai gets to sharpen his debating skills in Parliament with Ministers taking shots at him while Members of Parliament of the ruling party sit at the back to watch.
How relevant was the disclosure of police investigations of Karl Liew as to that...
How relevant was the disclosure of the police investigation against Karl Liew to the disclosure of Lee Hsien Yang and Lee Suet Fern by Mr Teo Chee Hean?
The idea that money buys success and its ripple effect on our society
Opinion: The formula for success for a nation is not as simple as paying the world’s highest salaries, and you attract the best, the brightest, the most talented to run the country.
Home Affairs Minister’s reply still doesn’t explain how Teo Chee Hean knew of ongoing...
The Minister for Home Affairs and Law, K Shanmugam, explained the government's approach to revealing the names of people under police investigation, specifically in the case of Lee Hsien Yang and Mrs Lee Suet Fern. The Minister clarified that the two had not been issued any order under the CPC to attend any investigations but had absconded from police investigation. His explanation, however, does not clarify how Mr Teo, whose portfolio has nothing to do with law enforcement, learned of the ongoing investigations against LHY and LSF. The use of the word "abscond" by the Minister is also troubling, and it is unclear why an offense is being suggested when the police did not issue an order for LHY and LSF to attend the interview.
China says Honduran leader to visit ‘as soon as possible’
Honduran President Xiomara Castro will visit China "as soon as possible" to draw up a blueprint for bilateral relations after Honduras cut off diplomatic ties with Taiwan. China welcomes the visit and is willing to enhance political mutual trust and cooperation.
Former WP NCMP suggests depoliticizing People’s Association and Elections Department in response to DPM...
Singapore's Public Service must remain impartial and avoid politicisation, according to Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence Wong. Meanwhile, former Non-Constituency Member of Parliament (NCMP) Yee Jenn Jong endorsed Wong's call and urged the government to depoliticise grassroots associations and the Elections Department, among other actions.
China vows to ‘fight back’ if Taiwan leader meets US speaker
China warns it will take "resolute measures" if Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen meets US House Speaker Kevin McCarthy during her visit to the United States. Beijing claims Taiwan as part of its territory and opposes official ties with both Taipei and Beijing. Tsai is visiting Guatemala and Belize to strengthen diplomatic alliances before stopping in California on her way back to Taiwan. The US has called for calm, with a senior administration official stating that the stopover does not represent a change in US policy towards China.
Taiwan president heads to US, Central America to shore up ties
Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen is set to visit the US to strengthen ties with Guatemala and Belize after China took another of the island's few diplomatic allies. Analysts suggest the trip comes at a critical moment, with Beijing increasing diplomatic, military, and economic pressure since Tsai took office in 2016, poaching nine of Taiwan's diplomatic allies since then. The United States remains Taiwan's most crucial international ally, and its most significant arms supplier, despite switching its own diplomatic recognition to Beijing in 1979.
Myanmar junta dissolves Suu Kyi party
Myanmar's junta has dissolved Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party for failing to re-register under a new military-drafted electoral law. The military had claimed widespread fraud in the 2020 elections won by the NLD, which led to the coup. Out of 90 parties, only 50 applied to re-register, and the rest will be dissolved. The rules stipulate that parties must mobilize at least 100,000 members within 90 days and open offices in at least half of the country's townships within 180 days. The NLD has been the torchbearer of democratic aspirations in Myanmar, and its leadership has been decimated in the junta's violent crackdown.
‘Everything Everywhere’ claims early Oscars as gala kicks off with slap...
The sci-fi film "Everything Everywhere All at Once" won early prizes at the Oscars, including best supporting actor and actress for Ke Huy Quan and Jamie Lee Curtis. The film, which features multiple universes and hot dog fingers, has grossed $100 million at the box office and leads the overall nominations count, with 11. Another strong contender for best picture is "Top Gun: Maverick," while the lead acting contests are expected to be incredibly tight. The Oscars hope nominations for popular blockbusters will bring viewers back and improve ratings.
Arts & Culture
Netizens lambasted Sim Ann for her lack of social etiquette in disruption of live...
SINGAPORE — Netizens have expressed harsh criticism in relation to the recent controversy over an incident at an Esplanade event on 25 March involving...
China’s ‘art factory’ painters turn from fakes to originals
Painters in Dafen, China, known for making replicas of Western masterpieces, are now selling their own original artwork in China's booming domestic art market. While exports have dipped, artists have used the obstacles as an opportunity to establish themselves in China's art market, which is the second-largest in the world. Many artists have moved away from imitation and towards creating original pieces, with some artists attending school to learn traditional Chinese painting techniques to cater to wealthy Chinese buyers looking for a "Chinese aesthetic."
SMS Sim Ann criticised for alleged late arrival at show and distraction caused while...
SINGAPORE — A local musician took to Instagram to highlight how ministers allegedly came late for a show and distracted the audience while another...
Re-screening of “Light on the Lotus Hill” at Projector X after 12 years
"Light on the Lotus Hill", a 30-min documentary film and research project by Chan Chow Wah to document an almost-forgotten history of Singapore and World War Two, is screening at PROJECTOR X: PICTUREHOUSE this coming Saturday once again after 12 years since its premiere.
Malaysia’s PM congratulates Michelle Yeoh historical achievement; Netizens urge Govt to elevate local creative...
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim congratulates Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh for her historic Best Actress win at the 95th Academy Awards. Yeoh made showbiz history for her performance in the sci-fi film “Everything Everywhere All at Once”. The PM called it a significant achievement and a source of great inspiration and motivation to homegrown actors and actresses, adding that it would provide impetus to the growth of Malaysia's local industry.