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Hawker culture – can eat one or not?

by James Lee I hope that Singapore’s bid to include hawker culture into the UNESCO Cultural Heritage List fails. There, I said it. Before anyone calls me unpatriotic, hear me out. Hawker culture is nothing new or even unique to Singapore. Cities like Penang, Malacca, Taipei also have it. What’s so special about Singapore’s hawker culture? The bid by Singapore …

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How much did GIC actually lose investing in Nielsen?

On Thursday (8 Nov), Straits Times published a news report today saying that it "continues to be Singapore's best read newspaper". Quoting the latest annual Singapore Media Index Report released by Nielsen, ST said that 29.8 per cent of Singapore residents aged 15 and above read ST everyday. Nielsen had polled 4,688 people aged 15 and above in its survey. …

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Amy Khor reveals her mother was also a hawker in interview with Mothership

Senior Minister of State for the Environment and Water Resources Amy Khor gave an interview to Mothership.sg which was published on Sunday (28 Oct). Mothership, of course, is funded by former civil servant Philip Yeo and former PAP Minister George Yeo. The article titled, 'Almost Famous: Why is Senior Minister of State Amy Khor S’pore govt’s face of hawker culture?', …

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Has the wind been knocked out of the Opposition?

When Singapore’s biggest and most successful Opposition party has to resort to making a public appeal for money to pay for legal battles and “deal with the prospect” of bankruptcy, you know they are in dire straits. It would be no surprise though if Singaporeans, by and large, still go about their lives thinking what happens to the Opposition is …

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Why would the government lose money in sale of HDB flats?

The Housing Development Board (HDB) reported on Mon (22 Oct) that it had incurred an overall deficit of $1.7 billion in the last FY. In 2013, then National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan explained that HDB actually has to pay the government for land to build HDB flats. He said the price of land is tied to acquisition costs, reclamation …

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