Standing Together, Thinking Apart

In an interview with the Financial Times on 28 May 2018, Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad said that the electoral victory of Pakatan Harapan coalition would reverberate across the Causeway. He added that…


Refuse to Behave: Chua Lam in Beijing

Translated from the book What’s The Big Deal? 没什么了不起 by Singaporean author Chua Lam. Earlier, I had been on a TV programme in Beijing, but my main aim for going there was to give a…


Shamefully Singaporean

May 20 2018. At a dialogue session with 110 participants held in collaboration with the Singapore Business and Professional Women’s Association, Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam reiterated the importance of individual responsibility in…


From Madhatter to National Hero

History was made in Malaysia on wee hours of 10th May 2018. The Barisan Nasional BN, led by the United Malays National Organisation UMNO which had ruled Malaysia for over 60 years, was voted out…



Did We Know Any Better Than The West?

When few Singaporeans were on the internet and when our newsPAPers and TV stations were our primary source of news, it was not surprising to come across ignorant Singaporeans who thought that Singapore was a…


Marriage Markets In China & Singapore

Watch the video below. It’s quite interesting. z35W7z4v9z8w There is something about this little experiment that resonates with certain widespread stereotypes and generalisations. 1. Women over 30 are “expired” goods (people are so shallow) 2….


Kee Gay Now Better Than Kee Gay Later

It was dinner time at Kovan 209. This is only part of the crowd milling around the famous rojak stall. There were more customers waiting behind me. The minimum waiting time then was 30 minutes….


Painting Over A Problem

Some 30 years ago in Bangkok, the authorities found out that many of their old bridges spanning the obsolescent canals were approaching the limit of their lifespan. In the name of safety, concerned officials set…


Safe In Singapore But …

A week after 17 people were horribly gunned down in a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, teenagers across South Florida and many others in other parts of the United…