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A divisional director from the Manpower ministry gave testimony last week at the Committee of Inquiry looking into the Little India riot. Based on a report in the ...

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  • Rich but feeling empty, exhausted and alienated

    yawningbread.wordpress.com 30 Jun '15, 10am

    Wealth does not buy happiness. The state of Singapore society today is perhaps proof of this adage. A newly-released joint study by Gallup and Healthways is a wake-up call to anyone who still thinks that prioritising economic growth is the master key to happiness. Especially coming, a...

  • Saint Lee

    Saint Lee

    yawningbread.wordpress.com 29 May '15, 12am

    It remains unclear how commercial exploitation will be defined and who will be affected by this law. Will political cartoonists who sell books with Mr Lee’s image be banned? Will websites that use non-copyrighted images of him be banned if they display advertisements? Who must apply f...

  • Behind the brat looms an oppressor still | Yawning Bread

    Behind the brat looms an oppressor still

    yawningbread.wordpress.com 17 May '15, 10am

    The judge’s decision therefore involves a reinterpretation of the obscenity law to expand it to include material that draws widespread social disapproval. Now, immense moral wickedness is no longer the threshold for determining “obscenity”. It is sufficient for the material to be shoc...

  • The reporters who wouldn’t let me ignore the Funeral |

    yawningbread.wordpress.com 04 May '15, 1am

    Enough time has passed since the Funeral for me to write about the whirlwind of media enquiries during that period. Virtually all the enquiries came from Western media, though a Hong Kong newspaper was an exception. The initial thrust of questions posed to me was somewhat dismaying. L...

  • A must read on Singapore, past, present and future “@janicekoh: Agree or disagree, read it anyway.

    A second republic

    yawningbread.wordpress.com 08 Feb '15, 1pm

    Among the statements made in an attempt to mollify objections was that sale and consumption of alcohol would remain possible past 10:30 pm inside licensed establishments or in homes. This is still unsatisfactory. Firstly the effect of this would be to drive drinkers into commercial es...

  • PAP mis-AIMed, faces blowback, part 2

    yawningbread.wordpress.com 16 Feb '15, 4am

    Alex, with great respect, your analysis of the Town Councils’ financial statements contains several analytical and (possible) factual errors … You say : “The most striking thing about the figures in the above table is how they appear to contradict claims that the computer system was s...

  • REWIND... something from 2010: "When the CEO of Temasek is the wife of the prime minister and the daughter in...

    S$230,000 you never knew you had

    yawningbread.wordpress.com 16 Feb '15, 2am

    Could we have missed out one key reason why compensation within our sovereign funds remains mysterious? When the CEO of Temasek is the wife of the prime minister and the daughter in law of the minister mentor (who is also the chairman of GIC), the issue of pay in Singapore’s sovereign...

  • Ourselves through Istanbul: Galata Bridge over the Golden Horn This spot on planet Earth has been inhabited fo...

    Ourselves through Istanbul

    yawningbread.wordpress.com 07 Jan '15, 4am

    As much as we complain about the inadequacies of Singapore’s system, Istanbul’s (like so many other cities’) really shows us that Singapore’s is not bad at all. Albeit that I have not exhaustively tested Istanbul’s, it appears that coverage and connectivity is better in Singapore. For...

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