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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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  • A very good read from Alex Au on Singapore's need for a Second Republic

    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...

  • Oysters and diamonds: Income and wealth inequality has become an albatross around many governments’ necks —

    Oysters and diamonds

    yawningbread.wordpress.com 06 Jan '15, 1am

    Income and wealth inequality has become an albatross around many governments’ necks — Singapore’s included — provoking distrust and resistance to policies. Meanwhile, readership of the Straits Times is falling. Media academics have pointed out that the Straits Times, in blindly follow...

  • Culture, lifestyle diseases and the commandant’s room: Three hours I sat in a police station breathing second...

    Culture, lifestyle diseases and the commandant’s room |

    yawningbread.wordpress.com 22 Dec '14, 4pm

    Three hours I sat in a police station breathing second-hand smoke. As a small mercy, the officers would slide the windows open by 5 to 10 centimetres every now and then, and the stiff breeze from outside would cut in and dilute the carcinogens somewhat. Better yet was the whoosh of cl...

  • Khaw finds obedience school ‘meaningful’ |

    yawningbread.wordpress.com 15 Nov '14, 8am

    The recent controversy about a ‘riot control exercise’ reveals a blind spot among ministers and not a few decision-makers and ‘grassroots’ surrounding them. They seem unable to see a point of view that is emerging in Singapore: what I would call the ‘Post-independence generation’ outl...

  • In our circus, few understand what 'equal protection of the law' means

    In our circus, few understand what ‘equal protection of the law’ means | Yawning

    yawningbread.wordpress.com 19 Nov '14, 7am

    But it’s not a problem confined to grandees. Singaporeans in general have been depoliticised and stayed uninquisitive for so long that we too find it hard to understand what “equal protection” means. Perhaps decades of authoritarian rule have left a legacy of stunted knowledge: we may...

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