Why is it that there seems to have so many “negative articles” about Malaysia in the media? I refer to the article “Malaysian government’s first 100 days: Big moves buy leaders some time, but euphoria won’t last” (Straits Times, Aug 17). It states that “This is especially as his approval rating sits at 71 per cent, according to the latest …Read More »
Daily Archives: 2018-08-17
If amendment to presidential election is to showcase commitment to minority representation, then why not a minority candidate for scholarships?
The Singapore government has always maintained that minority interests and racial harmony are of utmost important. It is this justification that the government has used in changing the criteria for the elected presidency and reserving the position for minority representation. While that reason has been vigorously criticised as artificial given that the presidency is a role that comes with no …Read More »
HDB flat buyers should be aware that they are “lessees, not owners”, says renowned real estate agent
Licensed real estate agent with International Property Advisor Pte Ltd and co-founder of HugProperty.com, Mr Ku Swee Yong, has recently advised Singaporeans to shed archaic notions and preconceptions regarding ownership of residential property in Singapore, particularly that of Housing and Development Board (HDB) flats. He argued that it would be more beneficial for Singaporeans to "acknowledge that HDB flat buyers …Read More »
In a landmark Constitutional Court ruling on 28 June this year, South Korean authorities were ordered to impose substitutes to military conscription against conscientious objectors in the Republic's national service, nearly 65 years post-Korean War. However, the court remained steadfast in its decision to uphold the imprisonment of able-bodied South Korean men between the age of 18 to 35 who …Read More »
Clarifying viral video alleging PAP MP owning luxury car, and MPs playing golf without paid membership
A video of a white Bentley Continental GT car parked along with other luxury cars went viral after the poster alleges that the cars belong to Members of Parliament from People's Action Party and specifically one belonging to an MP from Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC. Mr Donald Liew, a member of Orchid Country Club (OCC), captioned the video in the description …Read More »
The sudden passing of Tay Lai Hock was announced on the Ground-Up Initiative (GUI) Facebook page on Tuesday Morning (Aug 14). The founder and 'kampong chief' of the non-profit organization apparently collapsed at work on Tuesday morning and couldn't be revived. He was then rushed to the hospital in an ambulance where we later died. Tay Hock Lai who has …Read More »
In a turn of events, Singapore's homegrown mobility app Ryde has declared yesterday (16 August) that it will not take on private-hire vehicle (PHV) drivers and taxi cab drivers for the new RydeSend initiative, following the warning received from the Land Transport Authority (LTA) on Wednesday. The company, which has signed up 3,000 taxi drivers but has yet to incorporate them …Read More »
A brief guide to populism (and why the PAP should really reconsider describing Opposition parties as such)
by Shiro I'm a relatively new contributor to TOC, but I noticed something along the lines of differing interpretations of Populism in Singapore, and the People's Action Party (PAP). Here's a brief guide to Populism - and why the PAP should really reconsider using the term. 1. Here are a few politicians in Asia that are or were very, very …Read More »
Do you notice what independent bloggers have in common? That’s what we call “independent” Firstly, they are expressive. They naturally feel and speak stronger than average people. Think actors and actresses who usually have big eyes to express their emotions clearly on big or small screens. Independent bloggers are also more suggestive and opinionated. You can’t be a thought leader …Read More »
Are our political leaders seduced by their own hype, becoming numb to criticism and to the ails and concerns of the people?
It certainly looks that way. They turn a deaf ear and stand their ground. Whatever the concerns, whatever the disquiet, of which there is a whole laundry list, our political leaders seem like they couldn’t care less. We have to ask the question, is it because they have given in to their own hype and become too thick-skinned for their …Read More »