Posts Tagged ‘SINGAPORE

National Day: what is there to celebrate?

August 5, 2011

This giant billboard dwarfing the surrounding building in Geylang Serai stopped me dead in my tracks. PAP MPs seem to find this form of PR , marketing or whatever you term it as essential. It must have cost quite a tidy sum to erect such a humongous structure. Wonder who paid for it? Are they […]

Nathan: not decided whether to run again? Oh no!

June 8, 2011

Reading President Nathan’s comments about the realities of the Elected Presidency confirms what many have already suspected.  The EP is just a figurehead or a puppet in the eyes of more critical people.  True to its penchant for controlling everything, the ruling party PAP with its two-thirds majority in Parliament  drew up the rules to […]

PAP targets Workers’ Party star Chen: PAP jittery?

April 19, 2011

It seems to me the PAP is getting jittery over the Workers Party’s star candidate, Chen Show Mao. PAP questions his motives and whether he can identify with the aspirations of Singaporeans and has a stake in our future.  These are valid questions to bring up. After all we also raise questions over PAP’s Tin […]

No groupthink within PAP: burying head in sand?

April 12, 2011

The PAP denies that there is groupthink within the party but many people will disagree with this assertion. But what exactly is groupthink? Wikipedia defines it as “a type of thought within a deeply cohesive in-group whose members try to minimize conflict and reach consensus without critically testing, analyzing, and evaluating idea”. You can see […]

Singapore Budget 2011: reactions

February 19, 2011

My immediate reactions to Budget Speech 2011: 1. Sweeteners  When it was drawn up, I am certain one eye was on the impending General Election. Grab hold of anybody, and the consensus is that the purpose is to sweeten the ground. There is nothing intrinsically wrong with this; all governments resort to this tactic to […]

Runaway maids in Singapore

February 11, 2011

A Straits Times report today says at least 4000 maids ran away from their employers last year. I’m not in the least surprised. Because there are employers who treat their maids as modern-day slaves. Some even think this is their first step in starting a harem. Disgusting. Some employers exploit their maids, extracting every ounce […]

Democracy in Singapore: how free are we?

January 14, 2011

Singapore’s TODAY newspaper today carried a report “Global Freedom slipped last year”. It mentions countries that have declined in democracy like Thailand and Cambodia according to Freedom House. There was no mention of where Singapore stands. Normally the media here will brag if any ranking is positive. A google search threw up some interesting nuggets […]

Singapore School Discipline: more horror stories

September 29, 2010

Reading my posts on the appalling state of school discipline in Singapore, some friends remain skeptical, even dropping hints that I’m delusional.  I assure you I’m in full command of all my faculties. With many teacher friends I’ve reams of  horror stories on school discipline in Singapore. Here’s another one.  Students have been picking on […]

Maids in Singapore: modern slavery?

September 15, 2010

In some countries only those on Forbes list or who are wealthy are able to afford a maid but in Singapore even average families can afford one. Sadly, for a pittance these maids have to slave from the crack of dawn to late at night.  Some employers exploit their maids by forcing them to become […]

Is democracy a dirty word in Singapore?

September 9, 2010

After securing the premiership, Julia Gillard said, “Australia has a strong democracy.” Although our ministers have been taking the pledge every National Day “to build a democratic society” in Singapore, they’re actually extremely shy in uttering the word “democracy” on other public occasions.  Other leaders in the region are also proud to declare their achievements […]