Daily Archives: 2016-02-20

Spiral upwards

By Pamela Lim It was just past 7 a.m. and the traffic was already choc-a-block at Raffles Institution (RI)’s gate. I was startled by a long horn let out by the blue car that was queuing to get out of the school. That driver was upset with the car in front for taking too long to turn right, holding up …

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A NUS student’s account of NUSPA’s New Guns Forum

The following is a commentary on the New Guns Forum held by the National University of Singapore Students‘ Political Association on 11 February 2016. The forum is a closed-door event with no media coverage. By William I’m a NUS student. I attended the New Guns Forum at University Town. It was a political forum at which new faces from the four best performing …

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“We Are Mahjulah” nothing more than emotionally-charged propaganda

By Donovan Choy What is propaganda? Merriam-Webster defines it as “ideas or statements that are often false or exaggerated and that are spread in order to help a cause”. We Are Mahjulah, this week’s latest social media sensation, amounts up to nothing more than simple good old-fashioned emotionally-charged propaganda. The message of “We Are Mahjulah” is simple. The narrator, Divian Nair, …

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A black hole in the government finances?

By Chris Kuan Global financial markets are in turmoil so as night follows day, the season of that big black hole in the Singapore government finances is here again. According to a local blogger, the shortfall is close to $200b while in the recent past, a China-based American academic thought the black hole was $500b or more. Apparently the evidence …

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SMRT breaks down, then lies: The new normal?

Beneath the idyllic exterior of the cosmopolitan city-state lies a grim reality: the trains don’t work. Well most of the time they do, but every two weeks or so, they cough, sputter and grind to a halt leaving tens of thousands of commuters stranded. Breaking down, it seems, has become the new normal. But what irks commuters even more are …

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