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…

Should we teach our kids about racial issues?

When you live in Asia, we are already born deep inside racial issues, even in Japan where their population is relatively homogeneous. It’s a really painful issue to talk about because it’s not something you can exit from, like teenage awkwardness, poverty or being fat. Even talking about it can be more taboo than talking…

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…