The Malaysia moment just refuses to leave the headlines. More than two weeks after the historic May 9 election result, hardly a day goes by without yet another dramatic twist, another climactic revelation.
Rail operator SMRT has a history of appointing military men to its top position. SMRT’s love affair with top military men is not new. It started way back in 1997, when former Chief of Navy Rear Admiral Kwek Siew Jin was moved into the organisation as the rail operator’s chief, followed by former Chief
All the smiles and conviviality at the doorstop after Pritam Singh was elected as the new secretary-general of the Workers Party on Sunday (8 April) hid the shadows hovering over the new leadership. As Singh himself said, Low Thia Khiang’s shoes are not easy to fill. For 27 years, first as a Member
Home Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam subjected some of the witnesses at the Select Committee hearings to an extensive grilling. The Select Committee probing the vexatious issue of deliberate online falsehoods must have a lot to chew on. Not just on the 170 submissions and answers from the 65 witnesses
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.
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
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