Opposition leader Low Thia Khiang’s decision to step down as Workers’ Party secretary-general next year draws the curtain on a man whose impeccable reading of the political tea leaves has made him a rare folk hero in a political system that is more science than art.
After days of speculation, the axe finally fell on Thursday (12 October) as Singapore Press Holdings, under a new CEO, accelerated the process of cutting a tenth of its work force. Two weeks ago, 40 people lost their jobs as Today bit the bullet and went fully digital, surrendering the print market
Halimah Yacob’s presidency has been tainted. The eighth President of Singapore will continue to be haunted by an electoral process that pushed her into a whirlpool of vitriol as her status as a Malay was questioned and her financial nous put under the microscope.
The writing was on the wall for Mediacorp when Ernest Wong came back to the national broadcaster as its chairman last July. Tham is not your normal, safe choice to run a sensitive business like Mediacorp. Wong, who was CEO from 2000 to 2005, seems to have come with specific plans for the media giant
The first clear sign that Singapore is beginning to lose the plot came on Sunday (20 August) as Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong gave the National Day Rally, the year’s most important political speech. The three issues he raised – pre-school education, diabetes and smart nation – are not new as these have
The last chapters of the Aljunied-Hougang Town Council magnum opus are being written with the end game still anybody’s guess. If it is dragged till the very bitter end, the long-running saga is likely to end with three MPs of the Workers’ Party (WP) losing their seats in Parliament. Should the scenario
It is good that that Lee Wei Ling and Lee Hsien Yang want a truce. It is not good that they have repeated the allegations and made new accusations against their older brother and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. The three-week old Lee family fight has split the country five ways: one group is fed up
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong apologised to Singaporeans over his family feud on 19 June 2017. The defender has turned aggressor as the Lee family soap opera, with its rapid twists and turns, is either turning off Singaporeans or confusing them. Lee Hsien Loong’s high-powered team of ministers have
UPDATE: After an earlier version of this commentary was published, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean issued a statement on Saturday (17 June) to say that he chairs the Ministerial Committee that has been set up to explore the options for the house at 38 Oxley Road. The other ministers in the Committee
Tan Cheng Bock, the man who nearly became the President of Singapore in 2011, fired the first shot in putting the next presidential election under a cloud. The Attorney-General’s Chambers’ interpretation is that Wee, and not Ong, was the first Elected President (EP) because though the former was nominated
Winston Lee (third from left) has been the FAS secretary general since 2008. If there is one man who should be biting his nails over which way the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) election results will go, it is the football body’s secretary general, Winston Lee.
Born in post-Occupation Singapore, I was immune to the horrible pain and trauma an older generation had suffered under Japanese soldiers — until I got close to an ex-colleague many years ago. I had the good fortune of working with this Chinese man with a shrivelled body and an unsmiling face. He didn
This Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016 photo shows nine eight-wheeled Singapore-made Terrex infantry carrier vehicles seized at a container terminal in Hong Kong. Singapore’s army is sending a team to Hong Kong to secure the nine of its armored personnel carriers that were seized by customs authorities while
After nearly 30 years of a topsy-turvy existence, The New Paper that many of us loved and hated takes a bow. In its place, a totally different paper with a totally different editorial approach will hit the streets on Thursday (1 December).