The 2018 Budget ended up being hijacked by the debate on Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat’s announcement that the Goods and Services Tax (GST) will go up between 2021 and 2025. The total planned expenditure for the above three areas is $43 billion with healthcare taking a huge share of GDP – from 2.2
One piece at a time, the jigsaw puzzle that is Singapore’s political succession is falling into place. The only difference this time round is that the name of the man who will run Singapore is still up in the air, unlike the two previous changes of the leadership baton.
The Straits Times (ST) went off the beaten track when it recently published details of how its reporter Janice Tai got entangled in an Official Secrets Act (OSA) case involving her source, a Housing Development Board (HDB) officer. On the third try, police got Tai to disclose the name – after getting
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