Letters

Anwar Ibrahim has to prove himself through his words and actions

by Stephen Chang Anwar Ibrahim may be a changed man for the better. However, he has to prove himself through his words and actions.  Anwar’s recent criticism of Lim Guan Eng’s revelation of corruption within the heart of the previous government, and some of his statements and activities following his release are not good omens. We must watch Anwar with …

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Dockless bike-sharing and the politics of eyesores

by Kuo Much of the anger has been directed at the company oBike itself, for not refunding the deposits which rightly belong to its customers.  That has indeed been the fault of the company, and based on what the news media has been preparing us for, these deposits will likely never be returned.  However, many of us (especially the news media) overlook …

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Social workers also tackle structural conditions that lead to poverty

Below is the full version of a letter which was published in the Straits Times Forum on 27 June 2018 and was published on Facebook as an open letter. by Ms Han Yah Yee Dr Ng Kok Hoe Dr Sudha Nair’s recent commentary highlights the challenges of social work practice with families facing multiple difficulties ($500 a month on cable TV …

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On Victor Lye and OBike issues

by Willy Sum As I ponder on the saga and discourse surrounding the People’s Action Party appointed Grassroots losers of each General Election, I can’t help but wonder how much does Singaporeans genuinely know about our lopsided political system for Victor Lye to smoke you and its implication for each successive PAP leaders who have become as “comfortable” as former …

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The discussion on inequality must extend to rights too

by Tan Jin Kien Inequality in Singapore has been widely discussed from different angles such as income, wealth, education opportunities and class. However, the conversation still steers clear of another important aspect, which is the equality of rights. While the previously discussed angles by many experts and academics, alongside possible solutions to fixing inequality, do carry great merit, the equality …

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Govt in overdrive to justify $20M Summit spending

by Georgia Tong Seems like the focus of our government after the US-N Korea Summit ended is to justify the $20 M poured into the holding it. Could it be because of the negative outcome as most critics said the agreement signed between the 2 leaders is full of holes? Or could it be because our closest neighbor Malaysia is …

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Building a relationship of trust and friendship

by Tan Kin Lian Straits Times Editor-At-Large, Han Fook Kwong wrote an article in the Sunday Times: “Time for Singapore and Malaysia to discard old stereotypes“. He wrote, “KL’s moves since May 9 polls raise hopes that the country will become a more just soceity based on rules of law. In the long term, a Malaysia that is doing well, is stable and democratic and …

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Are the people themselves ready to vote in an Opposition?

by Willy Sum I refer to Ms Jaffar’s Facebook post reproduced on your site a couple days ago, “Is our opposition ready for 2020? I doubt so!”. Before we criticise the various Opposition parties, my assertion to Ms Jaffar’s observation is: “Are the people themselves ready to vote in an Opposition?” Elections after elections, screwing after screwing, the electorate here do not …

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Overturning unfair treaties is part of good statesmanship

by Dr Ong Hean Teik The decision by the new Pakatan government of Malaysia to renegotiate unfair agreements and to postpone the high-speed railway was derided as unethical and not in keeping with ancient Chinese morality by a Singaporean analyst. In fact, ancient Chinese history is full of examples where treaties are broken and far from condemning such behaviour, they are …

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“PMDs belongs on the road and not on our path”

by Vasanthan Govindasamy (Bob) I was reading the report submitted by the Active Mobility Advisory Panel who had given their recommendations on Personal Mobility Device (PMD) usage on shared paths and footpaths. It’s amazing to read their credentials. Seems like all of them are big guns. All they had to say was the obvious as anyone with common sense would be …

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