By pressuring IKEA to stop promoting Lawrence Khong’s performance because of Khong’s views, interest groups are saying that they do not disapprove of pressure tactics and coercion, so long as they are the ones doing it.
Malaysia’s policies of defending and enforcing Islamic norms are coming around to bite it in the back.
Lee Kuan Yew’s death has inevitably polarised Singapore. One camp eulogises him as the founder of modern Singapore; this group dominates the airwaves and the papers, singing his praises as long and loud as they can. Another camp points to his history of authoritarianism and Machiavellian approach to handling dissent, and criticises Lee across the Internet. The […]
Singapore’s opposition parties need to become political parties, not personality parties.
In 1920, the United States passed the Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution, outlawing the production, sale and transportation of alcohol. The next thirteen years saw an upshot in banditry, the rise of organised crime on the backs of alcohol smuggling, gang violence, police corruption and an international alcohol smuggling racket that raked in millions of dollars […]
My new approach to pricing in the wake of #VATMESS
If you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperilled in a hundred battles -Sun Tzu, Art of War This letter on the TODAY newspaper forum reflects an understandable, but naive, sentiment about terrorism. The writer argues that terrorism has no religion, and that all terrorists should simply be called terrorists without […]
Banning Julien Blanc undermines freedom of speech and travel. The better approach would be to arrest him, criticise him, or kill him. The latter removes a threat to society; the former pushes the burden to someone else and punishes someone for disagreeing with the memes of the day.
Grace Chia alleges gender bias in the Singapore Literature Prize, and in writing in general. There is privilege — but of a different kind.
I’ve written a guest post for the Domain of Singapore Tutoring Experts. Here’s a short excerpt.