A Realist primer into Singapore’s Foreign Policy – Bilahari Kausikan’s lectures

Mr Bilahari’s views on local politicians aside, his lectures on international affairs read like a primer with a realist slant. More significantly, the average Singaporean might do well to understand that this same realist perspective informs foreign policy decision making in Singapore’s MFA, and in the higher echelons of the Singapore government, especially considering how consistent the Singapore government’s foreign policy stance has been between senior leaders (read Lee Kuan Yew’s book on Hard Truths and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s interview with TIME). Understanding Mr Bilahari’s lectures gives insights into the mind of the MFA diplomat, and for those who seek to challenge his views, provides a foundation on how to approach foreign policy debates from a Singaporean point of view.


Daily SG: 27 May 2016

Daily SG – What everyone is talking about: 27 May 2016 #economics #inequality #pinkdot2016 #singlish
• Why It Might Be Inevitable For Fast Growing Nations Such As Korea And Singapore To Face Income Inequality Problems
• Dealing with an ambiguous world
• If China shuts its door to the Little Red Dot
• Two homosexuals jailed for sexual offences in the week before Pink Dot
• Don’t use Singlish as the scapegoat!


Dying for retirement savings

In facing death, is retirement savings still important? During the recent Parliament sitting held on 9 May 2016, the Worker’s Party raised the possibility of increasing the $5000 cap on CPF Medical Grounds Scheme due to rising cost of living in Singapore. The Minister of Manpower Lim Swee Say rejected the proposal and claimed that he was “hesitant about introducing such a move”. I was truly disappointed with his response and felt that he totally missed the point.


Pink Dot VS Wearwhite – Learning to live with democratic chaos

We can deduce that the two camps are not going to compromise anytime soon, but what does this mean for Singaporeans? It means that first, we will be seeing movements and counter-movements from both LGBTIQ and conservative communities for some years to come; second, Singapore will come under intense media scrutiny, particularly from an international media that is sympathetic to LGBTIQ causes; and third, Singaporeans will have to live with the messy debates, name-calling and polarised politics that have come to characterise similar LGBTIQ movements in other countries.


Daily SG: 26 May 2016

Daily SG – What everyone is talking about: 26 May 2016 #sdp #amosyee #pinkdot2016 #economics
• Pink Dot vs Wear White – What’s with the trench warfare?
• A falsehood that SDP broke agreement on secret meeting. Here’s proof
• BSI – Would Singapore teach the Americans how to run a clean financial system?
• Big breasts like triple A status and budget surpluses have a downside
• Amos Yee makes video to hurt Muslims, but the community’s too mature for him


To the government: Don’t tell Limpeh what to say

Singlish holds a special place in the hearts of most Singaporeans. The off-grammar creole is spoken almost exclusively by inhabitants of our small island-nation and very often prompts strong emotional responses from people when it is challenged or belittled. It is also a source of comfort, according to some, especially when stuck in a foreign land where the only thing you miss most is the sights and sounds of a far away home.


Daily SG: 25 May 2016

Daily SG – What everyone is talking about: 25 May 2016 #singlish #english #language #politics
• Wah… need to have PhD to speak Singlish leh!
• Who else besides PhD holders are qualified to use Singlish in Singapore?
• Singapore Right in Rebutting NYT Piece on Singlish
• Fine S’poreans for using Singlish
• 18 Singlish Slangs We Used To Say That Have Gone Extinct

Kho Jabing – Defending the Indefensible

However in a strange turn of events, the focus of the fiercest debates has shone not so much on the merits or demerits of the use of the death penalty in Kho Jabing’s case. The bulk of public interest now seems centred on toxic accusations which have been flung against the lawyers and activists backing Kho Jabing and family, accusing them of delaying the inevitable and putting the family of Kho through unnecessary emotional torture.


Daily SG: 24 May 2016

Daily SG – What everyone is talking about: 24 May 2016 #singlish #china #deathpenalty #singleparents
• Singlish/English: for peace and harmony
• Analyzing China’s 13th Five-Year Plan
• Single parents are still discriminated, WP’s Li Li Lian
• We need the death penalty to keep us safe… Really?
• The Hanging Of Kho Jabing


Benjamin Lim’s story – Not over yet?

Ironically, headlines like these prompted even more questions from netizens about the laws governing minors involved in serious offences – to what extent are minors protected under the laws of Singapore when they are suspected of criminal offences? Should they or should they not be accompanied by an appropriate adult, and who would be considered an “appropriate” adult anyway? More contentiously, should or could schools and parents be given the right to refuse to comply with police directives, and would it be a crime to do so?


Daily SG: 23 May 2016

Daily SG – What everyone is talking about: 23 May 2016 #toc #pinkdot2016 #deathpenalty #lgbt
• TOC to go on hiatus from June
• Screen time and the family
• The Bastion against Homophobia
• Kho jabing’s death calls for more clarity on death-penalty implementation
• This is Jabing Kho


Daily SG: 20 May 2016

Daily SG – What everyone is talking about: 20 May 2016 #sdp #cheesoonjuan #benjaminlim #mrt
• Excerpts from an SBF Alfresco thread: Chee and SDP this week and the train wreck it has created
• No lack of space for 10 million in Singapore? Really?
• How successful is Hong Kong’s MTR compared to S’pore’s MRT? Unbelievable. Out of this world.
• Death of a boy: Did the school do just right, or not enough?
• Two interviews before his suicide


Seven Unforgettable Lessons From Your First S$10,000 Credit Card Debt

It’s much better if you learn these lessons without amassing a huge credit card debt. For a fair number of young Singaporeans, the first major financial shock comes in the form of a credit card bill. Most people aren’t aware of just how quickly uncontrolled spending will add up – and paying off that first S$10,000 debt becomes a rite of passage. But as the old saying goes, fools learn from experience, while wiser people learn from the experiences of others.


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Daily SG: 19 May 2016

Daily SG – What everyone is talking about: 19 May 2016 #sdp #cheesoonjuan #benjaminlim #uber
• Dr Chee fixed Chiam in the 1990s
• Residents share thoughts on Bukit Batok by-election
• Uber single-handedly driving up COE prices in Singapore
• The difference between ‘brush’ & ‘touch’
• Benjamin Lim’s death – Who caused it?


Daily SG: 18 May 2016

Daily SG – What everyone is talking about: 18 May 2016 #economy #hengsweekeat #lky #population
• The real leader is a dead man
• 11 BEST Happy Hour Promotions In Town For Singaporeans Who Are Working Too Hard
• What Negative Interest Rates Could Mean For Us Ordinary Folks
• Singapore government is schizophrenic
• Millionaire Minsters and MPs working too hard? Are you kidding?


Daily SG: 17 May 2016

Daily SG – What everyone is talking about: 17 May 2016 #sdp #cheesoonjuan #amosyee #pinkdot
• SDP: No adult supervision isit?
• The Road To Financial Independence
• Dibashram – A Communal-Cultural Space for Singapore’s Migrant Workers
• Will Amos Yee find his ‘Dr Sean’?
• Response to Leow Yangfa’s plea to support Pink Dot


Daily SG: 16 May 2016

Daily SG – What everyone is talking about: 16 May 2016 #sdp #terrorism #hengsweekeat #scdf
• Get well soon, Mr Heng
• SCDF team for Heng Swee Keat
• Religious Terrorism in Malaysia–Part 1 and Part 2
• Selfishness and Self-centeredness: Sexual Infidelity with same or opposite sex partners
• Let’s all be at Pink Dot for those who can’t or won’t


Daily SG: 13 May 2016

Daily SG – What everyone is talking about: 13 May 2016 #sdp #opposition #hdb #panamapapers
• Bukit Batok By-election could spell end to Dr Chee’s political aspirations
• More non-Malay families in HDB rental flats?
• Do you know how many female taxi drivers we have?
• On Terrorism being a Political, not a Religious Problem
• Mystery about who is Kwa Chong Seng of Panama Papers gets deeper