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New NMP clarifies misunderstanding over 2012 dishwasher fiasco

Back in 2012, Sakae Sushi founder Douglass Foo found himself in the spotlight after making a comment about the difficulties of finding a dishwasher even after offering a salary of S$3,000 per month. There was controversy about the details of the employment which led to an uproar from the public. When asked about this in an interview with The Online …

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NMPs do not dilute the idea of democracy: Impending NMP appointee Douglas Foo

Douglas Foo, the founder of Sakae Sushi, a multiple award-winning sushi chain in Singapore, spoke to TOC about his journey to success in the business world, and laid out his vision towards policymaking, in anticipation of his appointment as one of the nine new Nominated Members of Parliament (NMPs), which will take place on Monday (1 Oct). Mr Foo, who is …

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Josie Ho’s Search for Bliss

by Benjamin Cheah “Our natural state of being is bliss,” Josie Ho declared. Speaking at the Social Innovation and Global Ethics Forum 2018, the Hong Kong singer and actress delivered a presentation on her documentary Finding Bliss: Fire and Ice. Set in Iceland, the 80-minute film covered her journey to find bliss in the land of fire and ice. “Bliss …

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Kopitiam Boss goes for the kill to win at all costs

Recently, there have been online controversies over allowing so-called "social enterprise" operators by the government to manage the newly built public hawker centres. Many netizens have pointed out that many of these so-called "social enterprise" operators are nothing more than profit-oriented food court corporations operating under the guise of "fulfilling social responsibility". Indeed, many of these "social enterprise" operators are …

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Meet Thailand’s self-proclaimed graffiti ‘terrorist’, Headache Stencil

Described as Thailand's Banksy, the masked Headache Stencil has been making political street art for the past few years now. According to an interview he gave to Art Whore, Headache says "...I really do “art”on the day military made coup in Thailand. Really angry of soldier on that day. Then go out to make graffiti." Since then, Headache has been …

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