Augustine Low

The Minister is right – let’s look at outcomes to see if there is inequality and rich-poor disparity

Look at the outcomes Singapore has achieved, Social and Family Development Minister Desmond Lee has urged. This was his response to a report by United Kingdom-based charity organisation Oxfam which ranked Singapore among the bottom 10 countries in the world at tackling inequality. The Minister is right on point. Outcomes are what matters and outcomes are precisely what Singaporeans have …

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The PAP has mastered the art of plucking chicken feathers

What has chicken feathers got to do with the People’s Action Party? We have to go back to a famous quote by fascist poster boy Benito Mussolini: “If you pluck a chicken one feather at a time, nobody notices.” His analogy spoke to the fact that a leader or government could consolidate power feather by feather without the people realising …

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Is the Workers’ Party still correctly feeling the pulse of the people?

In 2011, the Workers’ Party spectacularly captured a Group Representation Constituency, ousting a People’s Action Party team helmed by two ministers and a senior minister of state. But four years later, it only won by a whisker against the weakest GRC team ever fielded by the PAP. Currently, the WP also has a court case hanging over its head like …

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Five takeaways from the fake news committee recommendations

The Select Committee on Deliberate Online Falsehoods has put up 22 recommendations. Here are five quick takeaways. One: There isn’t even a definition First, the glaring omission is that there isn’t even a definition of what constitutes deliberate online falsehoods. The committee only goes so far as to say that such falsehoods “harm democracy and the genuine contestation of ideas …

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Are Singaporeans “crybabies” who get the government they deserve?

Vlogger Nuseir Yassin, also known as Nas Daily, has branded Singaporeans “crybabies” for taking him to task over his videos effusively praising the country, the latest one even calling Singapore “the almost perfect country.” You may also recall that after a crushing defeat on election day in 2015, Opposition politician Kenneth Jeyaretnam said: “Singaporeans get the government they deserve, so …

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