How Bad Are The Changes To Singapore’s Elected Presidency?

A few changes were announced to the next presidential election, namely: Criteria #1: the candidate should be the most senior company exec with at least $500 million in shareholders’ equity Criteria #2: each race must be represented within 6 terms There are 2 common threads I’ve noticed on my Facebook feed on the news of…

Does Neil Humphreys know Singapore better than Singaporeans?

Who is Neil Humphreys? He’s a self-declared ‘white trash’ bloke from England who decided to come to Singapore for 3 months in 1996, but ended up staying here till now (except for a period Down Under which made him miss Singapore even more). Neil Humphreys at his ‘Rich Kill Poor Kill‘ book launch at Kinokuniya While…

The Secret Service of Mr S R Nathan for Singapore

Mr S R Nathan, who was Singapore’s President from 1991 to 2011, passed away peacefully yesterday night. May he rest in peace. Mr S R Nathan is well-known and respected for his many contributions to Singapore, such as: his negotiations to rescue hostages during the Laju ferry hijacking maintaining US-Singapore relations during the Michael Fay…

The curious case of Singapore’s diversity

What makes us special? What makes us strong? Singapore is not a perfect country, but to me, we’ve come quite a long way from the racial riots more than half a century ago, which messed everything up. Today, in an increasingly Islamophobic world, Singapore, its leaders (not just the political ones) and society, continue to…

A Brexit analysis in one single Facebook post

Will the UK’s departure from the EU benefit those who voted to leave? No one would vote for a situation that would make him lose out, unless you’re a certain Adam who didn’t think his vote would count. Source Yet in the close, close fight on whether to stay or leave the EU, will those…

Foreigner Gives Most Popular Quora Answer On Why People Hate Singapore

In a quora thread on “Why Do People Hate Singapore?”, a UK foreigner who lives in Singapore gave a long, thought-out answer that beat all the others in terms of views. Source By the way, check out his other answers here on: What is it like to migrate away from Singapore? In what forms does…

What Does World War II Mean To You?

[Warning: graphic images] Imagine if the whole Singapore population of 5 million died. Multiply that by 12 and you get the death toll of World War II. How do the post-war generations from various countries view World War II? What lessons do we need to remember from the deaths of 60 million people? World War…

What Should I Do Before Voting In Singapore Elections?

It’s your responsibility to vote wisely. What should residents do before voting? How should they decide which candidate to endorse, or not to endorse any at all? I remember being completely apathetic to politics during the General Elections 2011. Anything vaguely political in the news was irritating to me and I quickly skipped any and…