Gan Kim Yong: “I Will Jail You If You Don’t Pay Your Medisave”

The Health Ministry goes on the offensive The national healthcare insurance scheme, Medishield, is undergoing a major revamp. The announcement about the end-2015 transition to Medishield Life was first made by PM Lee in his 2013 National Day Rally. Medishield Life promises to be more comprehensive than its predecessor, with "better...

10 Singaporeans Who Had To Be Famous Overseas Before Being Famous In Singapore

Why can't Singaporeans make it big here? While we do have a collection of Singaporeans who earned their success on local shores, there is an interestingly large number of Singaporeans who have found fame internationally without first being popular here. Is the Singapore scene so stifling that home-grown talent cannot...

8 Questions We All Secretly Want To Ask PM Lee

Who says constructive politics can't be light-hearted? So PM Lee just announced on Instagram (Wow, so hipster) that he will be hosting a live Question and Answer (Q&A) session on Facebook (Wow, hipster count number two). The highly anticipated session will be held this Saturday on 24 January, from 11.45am to...

Why The Public Transport Fare Decrease Won’t Actually Happen In 2015

Fares MAY decrease next year, says Transport Minister Public transport in Singapore could be seeing a potential drop in fares next year, working out to a "negative 1 per cent" due to falling oil prices. Possibly. Likely. Probably. Everything but confirmed, according to Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew. Last month he mentioned that the maximum raised amount...

10 Of The Worst Food Scandals To Hit Singapore

Singapore: Food fantasy-land or hawker horror? Any mention of Singapore and Food inevitably conjures up visions of a glutton’s paradise before long. From the wok-perfected char kway teow available approximately two minutes from anyone’s house to artisan truffle and porcini that takes two months to save up for, Singapore is...

Did Chan Chun Sing Wrongly Accuse Chee Soon Juan?

Looks like CSJ might not be the only one facing defamation There has been a lot of talk about the back-and-forth jibes between Minister Chan Chun Sing and Dr. Chee Soon Juan (read: PAP v SDP). In Chan's 16 January letter ("Chee sacrifices S'pore to win points overseas"), he says that Chee...

10 Singapore Landmarks From Our Parents’ Era That Still Stand… For Now

Fret not – there's still time to learn about Singapore's heritage From a small fishing village, Singapore has grown leaps and bounds to where it is today – a clean, metropolitan city, with older monuments facing the inescapable fate of demolition. However, we have sieved out 10 buildings that has stood...

Step Aside Peter Lim, Paint Tycoon Is Richest Man In Singapore

Paint the town green, very very green Goh Cheng Liang opened his first paint shop in 1955. Now, he co-owns Nipsea (the South East Asian branch of Japanese paint company Nippon Paint) and is the richest man in Singapore, with stakes worth US$8.2 billion (S$10.9 billion). Last year, Goh was ranked 7th in...

5 Things You Need To Know About The Proposed Alcohol Ban

Calm down, you can still drink at home A bill has been proposed to ban the public sale and consumption of alcohol from 10.30pm to 7am daily. However, that's not the only preposition suggested in the The Liquor Control (Supply and Consumption) Bill, proposed in Parliament this afternoon (19 January). We take...

Everything You Need To Know About The Chee Soon Juan/Chan Chun Sing Spat

The ballad of Dr. Opposition Bad Boy and General (NS) Paper In the past week, Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) Secretary-General Chee Soon Juan and former General/current Minister Chan Chun Sing have written no less than 4 letters to public mediums, all making reference to each other. The entire debacle is degrading...