Fight the Oxley Road saga in a court of law, not just the court of public opinion.

Two days ago, Non-Constituency Member of Parliament (NCMP) Leon Perera called on PM Lee to bring the issue of 38 Oxley Road to court – instead of discussing the matter in Parliament. He drew an analogy to a corporation “where two ex-employees have made allegations on Facebook of abuse of power by the CEO. The …

From 38 Oxley Road to 1 Parliament Place: Not Just a Family Affair.

In a country where one man's view of the world still authors the national narrative, it is grimly appropriate that one family's feud has bitterly divided Singapore. Dr Lee Wei Ling and Mr Lee Hsien Yang’s explosive public statement – tactically released while PM Lee Hsien Loong was on family holiday – has been brushed …

Finding Compromise in Divided Times

“But if you believe you’re a citizen of the world, you’re a citizen of nowhere.” Theresa May paused to survey the crowd, her gentle manner belying the savage attack she was launching on globalist values. “You don’t understand what the very word ‘citizenship’ means.” Across the Atlantic, then-Republican nominee Donald Trump had chosen to dispense …

The Protection of Administration (Justice) Bill

It is wryly appropriate that during a recent trip to China, I was thumbing through Jothie Rajah's excellent book – Authoritarian Rule of Law: Legislation, Discourse, and Legitimacy in Singapore. By examining case studies ranging from the Vandalism Act to the Public Order Act, Rajah forcefully argues her thesis that "the Singapore state (has reconfigured) …

Should we keep the death penalty? There are no easy answers.

I'm surprised at how almost everyone on my social media feed has come out so firmly against the death penalty. I respect this view, but I feel that there are no easy answers. Despite my liberal bent, it's hard to justify why someone like mass murderer Anders Breivik deserves a second chance. There exists a certain …

How Should We Develop Potential and Broaden Aspirations?

Education is such a thorny issue. Ask any three Singaporeans what they think about the current system, and you’ll walk away with four opinions. It’s easy to rehash platitudes like “every school is a good school”, but does “good” even mean? Does it mean “every school is good, but some schools are better”? Or “every …