“Sorry” shoudn’t be this hard to say.

"Over the past five years, we have made great progress but also some mistakes. Regardless whether our issues are viewed by others as inherited, structural or cultural, we make no excuses. I take full responsibility for all that has happened under my watch as the overall Group’s chief executive" - SMRT CEO Desmond Kuek, on …

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Could we please talk about the President’s custodial powers?

There should be no confusion. The true Constitutional position is very clear. The President exercises custodial, not executive powers. Only the Government exercises executive powers. Under the Constitution, the Cabinet shall have the general direction and control of the Government. In contrast, the President's custodial powers are reactive and blocking powers. The President does not …

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

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) the profoundly liberal concept of …