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OFFBEAT PERSPECTIVES: Chinese privilege is something that I used to find it very difficult to understand in Singapore for two reasons: (1) not being in the shoes of the minority or/and disadvantaged races and (2) what does privilege mean in a meritocratic society where you are not judged based on your racial background but your ability to achieve? For the first, this is being complemented by the...

Looking back at Singapore 2016, this really was a year of super cock-ups, with each one closely matching the other in terms of sheer numbskull-ish behaviour (except for you, SMRT). That’s why we had a much harder time deciding on the eventual Redwire Awards winners compared to 2015. But ultimately we had to choose. So after many rounds of Tiger, here’s our choices… (1) Scandal of...

ELSON: Ownself check ownself – boleh? Apparently not in AMKTC. While Ang Mo Kio Town Council chairman and MP for the GRC, Ang Hin Kee, has assured residents (and Singaporeans on the whole) that MPs have made it a point to personally check on projects, the question is why are there in-built flaws in the system which they have turned a blind eye to. CPG employee Victor Wong was allowed to be appointed...

RONALD LEE: He had the charm, the grace, and even a lucky name. And win in Punggol-East SMC did Charles Chong You Fook (“got luck” in Mandarin). It looked almost impossible, but the PAP man laid the smackdown on the WP’s Lee Li Lian and left her with a tearing face full of Punggol-East dirt. But was the decision to send a sick Lucky Charlie a sign of the PAP’s desperation, and even irresponsibility? Veteran...

OFFBEAT PERSPECTIVES: Why does the above video remind me so much of Singapore? (*raised eyebrows) [How our “democratic” mainstream media-political system works in 7 examples] 1) Mainstream media definitely does not act – merely as  PAP’s the government’s mouthpiece.  Hmm..If even Hillary Clinton is in doubt, there’s no more to doubt.  The airtime given to opposition parties during...

After a long year spent disturbing everyone from the aunty on the street to the Ah Huay in parliament, the Redwire team will be going on a week-long “corporate retreat” to rest and recharge. Well, not really a corporate retreat lah, more like a break to some ulu resort island to enjoy the sun, sand, beer and bikini babes. You know, because nothing boosts morale of the troops more than...

HAROLD CHAI: Checks by authorities have revealed that the concrete sunshade that toppled in Tampines in September was missing reinforcement bars (those things inside you don’t see that are meant to keep the thing from collapsing). It was the only one in the surrounding area missing those reinforcement bars, and now that BCS is investigating where this was due to the contractor breaking building...

ELSON: The Manpower Ministry says that Singapore’s resident unemployment rate is 3 percent this year – its highest since 2010. Reading further into the data, you discover that unemployment rate for Singapore residents between 25 and 64 years old is 19.7 percent. This is almost similar to the 19.5 percent in 2015. I’m worried about this 25-64 age group, simply because this is the...

DZAR ISMAIL: My friend, a teacher had mixed feelings about the PSLE results today. A Foundation student he taught, managed to get into the Express stream. His parents beemed with pride, came up to my friend and cried. They apologized profusely. Why? Sometime early this year, they lodged a complaint to the school principal because they felt that my friend’s teaching skills were not conventional....

Don’t say bo ga li gong hor, taxi uncles and aunties. Redwire went and talked to one lao jiao taxi uncle who has been driving for 11 years already to see if he can help “predict” which passenger will turn out to be a fare evader. This uncle, who wants to be known only as Uncle Chan, says in the 11 years he’s been driving, he has met with 17 passengers who tried to siam payment. Of...

Memorial dinner for the late and much-respected JB Jeyaretnam on 27th November. It’ll be held at 7pm at Ban Heng restaurant at Harbourfront. There’s a few tickets left so chope your seats with Kenneth Jeyaretnam if you’re keen on going. Don’t say bo jio hor!     ...

ELSON: Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan has got it right this time on the issue of taxi fare evasion. Taxi Operators shouldn’t expect the government to do all the dirty work for them if they can’t take care of their own taxi uncles and aunties. These are people who pay you rental money (upwards of S$100 per day) to use your services, and it’s your duty to make sure their rice bowls...

ELSON: If you ever wondered whether you were living in the Matrix, just look at the Singapore road transport situation. On one hand, the government is saying there’s too many cars on the road and encouraging people to go car-lite by taking to cycling and public transport. On the other hand, its policies and initiatives work to increase the number of cars on the road, causing increased congestion...

RONALD LEE: The government has gone on and on about the need for Singapore to have a representative from the Malay community as president. It has cited barriers, such as Singaporeans’ covert racism. If there are other barriers mentioned, I haven’t heard of them. But it’s the government itself which reeks of that, not Singaporeans. Look at the history of the presidential election: Wee...