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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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  • 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...

  • How to help ripped-off tourists

    yawningbread.wordpress.com 09 Nov '14, 8am

    The above however, is just a preachy statement. Any number of businesses can ignore this gold standard if they think they can get away with it. And that’s just it: if we are to stop this cancer spreading, we have to come up with an effective way to penalise wrongdoers. Ministers posti...

  • Legal Elmina: The judgement by the Court of Appeal, affirming the constitutional validity of Section 377A of

    Legal Elmina

    yawningbread.wordpress.com 04 Nov '14, 10am

    The judgement by the Court of Appeal, affirming the constitutional validity of Section 377A of the Penal Code, is a landmark… in the way that Elmina Castle in Ghana is a landmark. Section 377A is the law that criminalises sex between men and is the fount for a cascade of discriminator...

  • Flats are not houses, think hospital beds instead: Where we go wrong is in our use of words. I have always cr...

    Flats are not houses, think hospital beds instead

    yawningbread.wordpress.com 30 Nov '14, 6am

    Where we go wrong is in our use of words. I have always cringed when Singaporeans use the word “house” to mean their flat. I may be old-fashioned in this respect, but I would only use the word “house” when I refer to a dwelling that sits directly on a plot of land; I would not use it ...

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