4G Leadership: why you can be excited about Lawrence Wong

4G Leadership Lawrence Wong

“I’ve devoted my life to public service, first as a civil servant and later in politics. I will continue to do my utmost to serve our people.” Lawrence Wong The 4G Leadership has decided who will lead them. The choice fell on Finance Minister Lawrence Wong Lawrence who is also co-chair of the Multi-Ministry Taskforce handling the […]

Jamus Lim proposes having a wealth tax in Singapore

Jamus Lim wealth tax

In Parliament on 1 Nov, Workers’ Party MP Jamus Lim proposed imposing a wealth tax ranging 0.5 to 2 per cent in Singapore. He said this could help diversify Singapore’s revenue sources and reduce income and wealth inequality. Jamus also argued that the GST affects lower-middle and middle-income families disproportionately. He proposed a tax of […]

Netizens react to Raeesah Khan’s lie in Parliament

Raeesah Khan

Something unfortunate happened in Parliament yesterday. Yes, we’re talking about Raeesah Khan’s admission to lying about the allegations she made against the police on 3 Aug. A quick recap: In parliament on 3 Aug, Sengkang MP Raeesah Khan shared an anecdote, in which she detailed that -she had accompanied a 25-year-old woman to make a […]

2 common myths about CECA that causes a big hoo-ha

CECA

CECA has been an oft-used word in the FB comments section of news particularly pertaining to Indian nationals. It has also become synonymous with people’s critique of the Government and the supposed “free flow” influx of Indian nationals to Singapore. So, what exactly is CECA and why does it cause such contention? What is CECA?  […]

Leadership transition: never a straight line

Leadership transition: never a straight line

Leadership transition should be smooth and fuss-free – shouldn’t it? Not quite. There are often curveballs to even the most meticulous approach – not even Lee Kuan Yew with his famous planning was immune to it. Back in the 1970s and 1980s, several promising leaders, thought to be on the way up and even eyed […]

Letter exchange between PM Lee and DPM Heng who steps aside as 4G leader

Letter exchange between PM Lee Hsien Loong & DPM Heng Swee Keat

DPM Heng Swee Keat announced that he is stepping aside as the 4G leader to make way for a younger leader with a longer runway to lead Singapore in a post-COVID world. Here’s the letter reproduced in full: Dear Prime Minister, More than 2 years ago, the fourth generation (4G) PAP leadership chose me to […]

Tudung: change has to evolve gradually; Singapore cannot take precipitous changes

tudung issues in Singapore

SIX MONTHS AGO in August last year, Law and Home Affairs Minister Shanmugam met with Muslim religious leaders in a closed-door dialogue and told them that the government was considering allowing nurses to wear the tudung at work. But the closed-door dialogues and discussions on the tudung did not start six months ago. It started […]

Class size reduction: who wants to be a teacher?

class size in singapore

Everyone loves a small class. In Australia, the student-teacher ratios fell from 25-to-1 in 1964 to 14-to-1 in 2015. Most of the fall occurred in the 1960s and 1970s as unions and school reformers pushed for smaller classes. Did the fall in the student-teacher ratios in Australia schools lead to the expected improvement in students’ […]