We can repeal 377A while still respecting religion

I did not intend to write about Section 377A. It appears to be such an obvious case of discrimination that there is nothing else to add; some people are gay, some people are religious, and the right of the former to live as they please has no bearing on the right of the latter to …

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Dr Thum Ping Tjin might be wrong, but he sure isn’t a traitor.

“I met with Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir today. I urged him to take leadership in Southeast Asia for the promotion of democracy, human rights, freedom of expression, and freedom of information. I also expressed hopes for closer relations between the people of Malaysia and Singapore, and presented him with a copy of ‘Living …

Should the fight for free speech be incrementalist or uncompromising?

When reading about Mr Jolovan Wham’s run-in with the law, it is easy to react by decrying our government’s heavy-handed approach to regulating public disorder. Some of the charges slapped on Mr Wham seem unreasonable: He has been charged with one count of vandalism for sticking pieces of paper to the wall of an MRT …

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 …