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Opinion

Has this poor 79 year old man literally worked himself to death?

News reports of a 79 year old man who has apparently died in his flat tugs at my heart strings and reminds me of everything that we as a society have to do better at. This man represents to me, all the failings of our society. According to neighbour, Mr Luo, the deceased had been working as a cleaner at …

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ST’s misleading headline tantamount to defamation as well?

According to news reports, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has sued long time blogger Leong Sze Hian (Leong) over a Facebook (FB) post whereby Leong shared an article published by Malaysian online news media, TheCoverage.my. The article alleged that Singapore and Lee were targets of an investigation in relation to the now infamous 1MDB scandal. The contents of Malaysian article was …

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MP Tin says MacPherson estate has rich heritage but avoids mentioning declining asset value of flats there

Channel News Asia published a news on Tuesday (4 Dec) highlighting that MacPherson estate is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. It marked the occasion with a community event last month, unveiling a new mobile app with functions that connect residents to digital doctors and volunteers. "Some people may think MacPherson is very old... With an old estate, things obviously …

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Why hold discussions with Singaporeans only after budget announced? Should we consider it as a discussion or propaganda exercise?

Current Finance Minister and alleged future Prime Minister-to-be, Heng Swee Keat (Heng) has indicated that the Fourth Generation (4G) ministers will launch their planned series of discussions with Singaporeans after next year's Budget. The Budget is something that will have far reaching effects on the lives of all Singaporeans. With that in mind, why not consult Singaporeans now? Why wait …

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Potential issues in a Heng succession

The murky waters in and around political succession in Singapore seems to have cleared up somewhat. Speculation on whether former army man Mr Chan Chun Sing (Chan) would take top spot has cooled with the announcement by current Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (PM Lee) that the 4G political office holders have chosen Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat (Heng) as …

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COI conclusions have completely missed addressing the culture of fear

The high profile committee of inquiry (COI) for the biggest hack to ever hit Singapore in the form of the widely publicised SingHealth data breach is finally wrapped up with a summary of recommendations put forth. While the COI results provide some form of closure to this unfortunate incident, I fear that if we do not target what to me, …

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ESM Goh’s CNA interview reveals rather telling of seemingly prevalent attitude within the ruling establishment

The various answers that Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong (ESM Goh) gave at an interview for Channel News Asia (CNA) are rather telling of the seemingly prevalent attitude within the ruling establishment in Singapore. While ESM Goh was comfortable waxing lyrical on the "negatives" of others in politics, he was rather light on detail for himself. He had opinions …

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