Augustine Low

Is there a more indispensable and irreplaceable one than Ho Ching?

With Ho Ching stepping down as chairman of Temasek International from 1 April, there are those who speculate that the time might come for her to finally relinquish her all-powerful position as CEO of parent company Temasek Holdings, a role she has held for 15 years. Such conjecture may be premature. It could yet be another red herring. A decade …

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Heng Swee Keat’s story about old HDB flats shows he is grasping at straws

The government narrative for decades was that HDB flats would continue to grow in value, giving Singaporeans peace of mind as a golden retirement nest egg. Without warning nor apology, the narrative has switched to old HDB flats not growing in value but STILL having value. Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat has given the analogy of a 25-year-old Singaporean buying …

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After streaming, what other sacred cows ought to be slayed?

The phasing out of streaming has been met with approval and applause from the mainstream media, educators, education experts and PAP politicians. They all say it is long overdue. But parents and the Opposition have long been calling for streaming to be down away with. So the question should be, why has it taken so long for the sacred cow …

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The country that celebrates meritocracy like no other

In the name of meritocracy, the son of Lee Kuan Yew became Prime Minister. In the name of meritocracy, the wife of the Prime Minister became Temasek CEO. And meritocracy it was that led to the personal lawyer of the Prime Minister becoming Attorney-General, and a PAP Member of Parliament becoming Deputy Attorney-General. Meritocracy has also paved the way for …

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Chan Chun Sing delights in playing Singaporeans for fools

Not once but twice in one day Chan Chun Sing took the mickey out of Singaporeans. No conflict of interest, declared the Minister-in-Charge of the Civil Service last Thursday, on the appointment of the spouse of a political office holder as Auditor-General. Goh Soon Poh, wife of Senior Minister of State for Defence Heng Chee How, took over as Auditor-General …

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