“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 … More Finding Compromise in Divided Times
When my little sister did not make it past the second round of Gifted Education Programme selections, she lay face-down on our living room sofa and cried her eyes out. “Why could 大哥 (big brother) do it? Why can’t I?” At the tender age of 9, she was already made to feel like a failure. Growing up, … More At What Cost Excellence?
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) … More The Protection of Administration (Justice) Bill
“The other day, someone told me the difference between a democracy and a people’s democracy. It’s the same difference between a jacket and a straitjacket.” – President Ronald Reagan, 1986 Ever the wry wordsmith, Reagan coined this phrase to reference the looming shadow cast on the peoples of Eastern Europe by the Iron Curtain. A … More Democracy in a Straitjacket
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 … More Should we keep the death penalty? There are no easy answers.
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 … More How Should We Develop Potential and Broaden Aspirations?
Last month, a Constitutional Commission was appointment to review the Elected Presidency scheme. As part of the ongoing process of evaluation and deliberation, members of the public have been invited to provide written submissions to the Secretariat. There were three areas of particular interest: (i) The qualifying process for candidacy for the Elected … More My Thoughts on Reviewing the Elected Presidency