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No Choice But to Speak Against Kumaran Pillai of the PSP

Yesterday’s post about my experiences with Kumaran Pillai of the Progress Singapore Party is spreading like wildfire. All over the Internet, on Reddit and Facebook and elsewhere, people are asking questions and casting aspersions. Here I’m going to address them. Q: Kumaran Pillai’s candidacy was announced on 25 June. Why did you wait until Nomination […]

Singapore’s Pandemic Election

As Singapore enters a lockdown that the authorities won’t call a lockdown, one burning question remains: when will the government call for an election? Next week, the government will table a bill to enable elections during the Covid-19 outbreak. With Parliament dominated by the People’s Action Party, the Bill is practically guaranteed to pass. The […]

Censorship Won’t Stop Fake News

Singapore is seeking to regulate fake news. For the past five days the Select Committee on Deliberate Online Falsehoods has held hearings on the issue, inviting experts, academics and media professionals to give oral evidence. Three more days of hearings are scheduled. As¬†Mothership¬†discusses, the thrust of the hearing is pointing towards a raft of legislation […]

A Deeper Look at LGBT Discrimination in Singapore

Is there discrimination against LGBT persons in Singapore? Activists and bloggers insist there is. Janelle Faye, a transgender Singaporean,¬†arguesthere isn’t. I think the truth is somewhere down the middle. In recent history, the authorities have not launched sweeps targeting LGBT people. There are no laws punishing people for the crime of being non-heteronormative. Sex change […]

Can Blockchains Revolutionise Social Welfare Programmes?

Governments contemplating social welfare programmes have to wrestle with two seemingly irreconcilable problems. On one hand, voters demand social welfare programmes to take care of the poor, sick, elderly and marginalized. On the other, governments need to prevent welfare spending from ballooning extravagantly and ensure that recipients spend the money wisely. In this article, I […]

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