Daily Archives: 2018-10-21

Let’s not be too “smart” for our own good.

Reading a description of the future of Singapore, starting with the ambitious plans to create a futuristic Orchard Road, one could be forgiven for thinking that it is a page out of a sci-fi novel. With sensors on “every lamppost, on every tree, in every public pool and drain pipe, every citizen’s transaction via ePayments and driverless cars zipping around – I …

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If FMC is serious about not blacking out or whitewashing some parts of history, then it will need to deal with some of the less salubrious bits of our history

According to news reports, plans are underway to build a “Founders’ Memorial” to commemorate Singapore’s founding leaders. Mr Lee Tzu Yang, chairman of the Founders’ Memorial Committee (FMC), has claimed that the memorial will reflect the dilemmas that Singapore’s first generation leaders faced by exemplifying the values and ideals of Singapore. When specifically asked on whether or not the memorial will …

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To call the electrocution of a teenager an “unfortunate misadventure” trivialises life and makes a mockery out of the meaning of accountability.

The tragic electrocution of 15 year old Tan Yao Bin while he was taking a shower due to improper wiring and a faulty circuit breaker in his HDB flat has been called an “unfortunate misadventure”. Based on reports however, this sounds more like death caused by gross negligence rather than an “unfortunate misadventure”.  Gross negligence not just by the two …

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Growing class divide simmering in “Crazy Rich” Singapore

Last Thursday (18 Oct), the 2018 Global Wealth Report published by Credit Suisse Research Institute (CSRI) ranked Singapore 9th in the world in terms of household wealth per adult, giving it the highest rank in Asia. Average wealth is at a high level in Singapore – USD283,120 per adult in mid-2018, compared to USD114,720 in 2000. The rise was mostly …

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