Commentaries

The irony of the smart nation that was outsmarted by hackers

A cyber-security centre has opened in Thailand with the objective of  training personnel from countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in a bid to combat the threats of cyber attacks in the region. As Singaporeans will no doubt be aware, Singapore was the victim of a huge data breach earlier this year with the personal details of …

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Is there a public housing crisis in Singapore? NDRS 2018 edition

by Vernon Chan After watching prime minister Lee Hsien Loong's 2018 National Day Rally speech, many Singaporean homeowners asked the question: Is it worth it to opt into the new housing improvement (HIP 2) and voluntary early redevelopment scheme (VERS)? Yet his latest housing minister recently announced that the value of public housing will plummet to zero at the end of their 99 …

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The people’s voice or the PAP’s voice?

By Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss The troubling spectre of elderly Singaporeans doing menial jobs like cleaning toilets, pushing rubbish carts, collecting cardboards and wiping tables at hawker centres, has become all too common these days and doubtless weighs heavy on the minds and conscience of many Singaporeans. Financial Support for the Elderly Poor Voicing questions which I believe many of us have, …

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The fight for democracy in Asia is alive and well

by Chee Soon Juan This opinion piece is part of the Silver Lining Series written by members of the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD), an organization of liberal and democratic parties in Asia, to celebrate its 25th Anniversary this 2018. For decades, Asian values, under the guise of Confucianism, have been used by the region's autocrats to ward …

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Is Lee Hsien Yang’s departure from Singapore permanent?

It was announced on Thursday that Lee Hsien Yang (LHY), estranged younger brother to current Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (LHL) would be stepping down as chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS). Although the Ministry of Transport was quick to pay tribute to the younger Lee's contribution to the aviation industry in Singapore, one cannot help but wonder …

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Banks should offer more support to victims of fraud

Cyber security and internet fraud have been on the rise globally for a number of years now. With many aspects of our personal lives increasingly being transacted online and especially with the growth of online banking, this is an issue that needs to be tackled rigorously. Based on a report that recently came out, it is evident that incidents of …

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Our responsibility towards ex-offenders

by Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss I read with a mixture of intrigue, cheer and dismay the letter from Mr Sunny Lee, Director, Media Relations, Community Partnership and Communications Group, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) captioned "Score focused on securing jobs for ex-offenders" published in The Straits Times Forum page on 16 June 2018. INTRIGUE I am intrigued by Mr Lee saying, in reference …

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‘Proud of What, Exactly?’

Singaporeans are encouraged to be proud of Singapore being the host of the 'historical' Trump-Kim summit by commentators in the local press but what exactly should one be proud of? by Alfian Sa'at I thought I would be indifferent to this clown show that's come to town – a meeting between two egomaniacs, each one using Singapore as a base …

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A Truly Historic Summit

by Jung-kyu Kim The summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un has captured the world’s attention. To watch the two flamboyant leaders – who have exchanged such colourful insults as the “Rocket Man” and the “mentally deranged US dotard” – come together in an apparent show of reconciliation is fascinating in itself However, to appreciate the true significance of …

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