The CMIO classification affirms multiracialism and matters more for minorities

The CMIO classification affirms multiracialism and matters more for minorities

There have been calls from some quarters – including the Workers’ Party – to abolish the CMIO classification. Some called for a relook of the model. They question if it is still relevant. Others claim that it makes us look at people through through the lens of race. In an op-ed written for the Straits […]

The conversation surrounding racism: Meant to divide, or unite?

Thoughts from a minority living in Singapore The feeling I get everytime I open my social media apps: Dread. Why? The never-ending slews of online debates regarding race, people coming forward to talk about their experiences with racism – doesn’t matter if it’s a minority or a majority – it seems like the R word […]

Majority must take extra step to make minority feel comfortable: Lawrence Wong

Majority must take extra step to make minority feel comfortable: Lawrence Wong

Our multi-racialism is not perfect and we have to keep working at it deliberately to reduce our imperfections, step by step, Finance Minister Mr Lawrence Wong said at the IPS-RSIS Forum on Race and Racism (June 2021). We got to where we are today not through confrontation or compulsion but through mutual understanding and compromise, […]

The Charlie Hebdo cartoonists would have been arrested in Singapore: Shanmugam

Charlie Hebdo cartoons and free speech

The Charlie Hebdo type of cartoons is the result of a hands-off approach by the State, Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam said. “What has happened in France has restarted the debate on what freedom of expression means, how much you can say, and what is the boundary between free expression and your obligation […]

Free flow of Indian FTs to Singapore? Not according to India

Indian CECA

Today, more than half of Singaporeans in the workforce are in PMET jobs and the number is increasing. Without the free trade agreements including CECA, Singapore would not be able to attract so many global multinationals to set up company here, creating many PMET jobs for Singaporeans.

Can PAP just let success speak for itself?

PAP Government, Singapore Success

No one recognises a hero who prevents something bad from happening, and it didn’t happen.

The government’s success in protecting Singaporeans has, ironically, resulted in a disconnect between government and people.

The government was left to talk about the burden of building a new future in a new normal while the people talked about how to stop the government.

There was no shared burden. What crisis? Life went on pretty much as usual save for the ‘inconvenient’ restrictions.

Discrimination has no place in our society or workplace

Discrimination at workplace

A part-time promoter was allegedly told by Tangs department store to immediately remove her hijab at work. Responding to the incident, Senior Minister of State Zaqy Mohamad said that policies and practices at workplaces should include inclusivity. Workplaces are “an important part of the common space where people interact and work with one another regardless […]