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AG and the legacy of rotten durians
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by Tan Wah Piow How many durian lovers in Singapore are aware that the present Attorney-General Lucien Wong had, on 8 January 2018, used the imagery of the most famous Malaysian durian Mao Shan Wang to describe the work of the Attorney General’s Read More

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GE14: Sheer lucky coincidences or brilliant yet subtle social media strategising by PH?
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by Sharala Axryd, Founder of The Center of Applied Data Science With Malaysia’s 14th General Election done and dusted, the nation now stands proud after hitting several major milestones simply by expressing our democratic rights. We now have the world’s oldest elected government Read More

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Police Powers, Governance and Accountability: Has the Law Minister Got It Right?
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by M Ravi The issue of police powers, governance and accountability has reared its ugly head in Singaporean local discourse on several occasions. This happened for example, during the Benjamin Lim case and during the police action in response to alleged breaches of Read More

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A military that plays by no rules but its own
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by Orean In my head, things are very different from the way many people tend to see things. When I look at National Service (NS) and the Singapore Armed Forces, I see most crucially that these things exist for reasons that are entirely Read More

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Dare to be different
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by M Ravi Almost every day we are barraged with the promise that globalisation brings communities together, reduces geographical distances and connects disparate people through what appears to be a shared lifestyle, held together by common values. We are led to believe the Read More

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A giant in our political struggle for independence
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by Dr Poh Soo Kai SAID ZAHARI was my comrade in Changi in our long years of imprisonment without trial when we were both arrested under the Preservation of Public Security Ordinance on 2 February 1963. The reason for our arrest, code-named Operation Read More

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The Death of the Singapore Dream
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by Benjamin Cheah I grew up on the Singapore Dream. Study hard, get good grades, go to a good school, get a good degree, get a good job. Be a doctor, lawyer, engineer, some high-status PMET with an enviable pay package and guaranteed Read More

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Chee Soon Juan: 5 enduring myths that threaten our future
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by Chee Soon Juan WHEN YOU LIVE your whole life experiencing one and only one ruling party and fed the same political yarns over and over for half-a-century, it is hard to adopt a worldview that is radically different your overlords’. These views, Read More

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Select Committee owes Dr Thum Ping Tjin, a public apology
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by Teo Soh Lung In 1986, Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew said to senior lawyer Mr Lim Chor Pee at the Select Committee hearing on the Legal Profession (Amendment) Bill: “Mr Lim, you are not like Miss Teo. You were trained in a Read More

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OPERATION COLDSTORE: Fake news for honourable purpose?
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by Law Kim Hwee In a more reflective interviews nearing 87 years old, late Lee Kuan Yew said in 2010: “In any case, it is not these reporters or the obituaries they may write that will offer the final verdict on his actions, he said, but Read More

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