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Elitism in Singapore: A Philosophical Perspective  

By: Timothy Cheah “It’s a small place, no more than a total of those within the ages thirty to forty-five, at the most 800 people. We can put them all into one little lap-top computer, all the basic data.” -Lee Kuan Yew, on Singaporeans qualified to govern (STW, 1 September 1990)   When John Adams, second [...]

The End Of Privacy by Timothy Cheah

In Parliament a fortnight ago, the Education Minister, Heng Swee Keat, expressed his “concern and disappointment” at the conduct displayed by ‘sex tape scholar’ Alvin Tan. Such behaviour was, according to the Minister, “reprehensible and unbecoming of a scholar”. The damning appraisal was well-calibrated; it contained an appropriate mix of moral opprobrium and paternal concern, [...]

Where Angels Fear To Tread by Dominic Foo

  “As Catholics, we have an obligation to raise our voices on behalf of those who cannot, taking action to correct injustices in our society and promote Christian values through our own actions. In thinking about the Singapore we want for our future, we ourselves must take action in working towards a society where the [...]

“…one united people?” by Lee Yue Lin

Singapore’s birthday has come and gone. Generally speaking, I have never been too bothered about the nation’s birthday, and this year was no different. The national day banners have been taken down and swiftly replaced with advertisements for the most recent event that the swanky Marina Bay area played host to– the F1 Grand Prix. [...]

The Crust And The Crumbs by Jason Tan

A strong (over)emphasis on growth means that our society shall always face the conundrum of the 99% versus the 1%. Even without raucous demonstrations and fervent “Occupy” movements, growing inequality is a problem; a yawning chasm that the Government attempts to bridge with social safety nets and welfare handouts. However, the influx of global talent [...]

Nation in action by Ngui Jian Gang

For me, taking the train usually involves great internal moral conflict. More often than not, young and virile people sit down comfortably while the pregnant, handicapped, elderly or parents carrying toddlers stand and watch, especially when the trains are crowded and more uncomfortable. Anyone with a functional conscience knows that this is wrong, but ‘doing [...]

You’ve Gotta Be Tripping by Timothy Cheah

Chinese professor argues that use of psychedelic drugs may not be a bad thing. “Can this society be more open”, Associate Professor Shi Yuzhi wrote, ostensibly in reference to China, implicitly in reference to Singapore, “to not immediately dismiss the use of psychedelic drugs?” Shi then invoked the iconic Steve Jobs, the late Apple CEO. [...]

A Plea for Constructive Debate by Augustin Chiam

After the speech made by Aljunied GRC MP Pritam Singh that called for the creation of an ombudsman, I was excited to hear the lively discussion that, I felt, would arise in response to the speech. However, I was sorely disappointed to see the attention, especially on the Internet and social media platforms, diverted to [...]

A Generation Scared by Maxine Chen

On 2nd February 2012 the Straits Times published an article profiling the young Singaporean adult as ‘easily discouraged’ and ‘in a comfort zone’. What are the reasons for this – from the point of view of the youth themselves? Where do we go from here? The article rightly suggests that the answer to this issue of youth adversity lies in [...]

To A Parking Attendant In The Sun by Timothy Cheah

“ A real patriot is the fellow who gets a parking ticket and rejoices that the system works” -Bill Vaughan What makes you tick? You, the humourless head prefect, the bureaucrat whom other bureaucrats despise. You, who are equal parts foreign espionage agent and roman tax collector. You, sworn enemy of the free lunch. I [...]

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