Taking cue from other global brands such as KFC and McDonald’s, Starbucks has also vowed to halt the use of single-use plastic straws in their stores by 2020. But what seems like an initiative targeted at saving the environment has received some flak from disability groups, with some calling the move an “ableist” one. It […]

HEALTHCARE INSURANCE INEQUALITY

Charissa Guan, Anneliese Quek and Chan Jia En had much to say about the soon-to-be implemented Careshield Life Scheme- and they made their voices clear. They took to an online petition, which garnered 1,600 signatures the day after it went live, to appeal for a revision of the higher premiums charged to women in the […]

Japan Underwater

In a sad turn of events, following a series of quakes over the past month, yet another catastrophe has hit Japan. At least 100 people are believed to be dead after record rainfall befell parts of western Japan, according to a government spokesperson. Most of the deaths happened in the Hiroshima prefecture, while hundreds of […]

“BEBAS NAJIB!”

Ex-Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was arrested in relation to the 1MDB corruption scandal earlier this week by anti-corruption officers. This came as no surprise to many, as Najib remains embroiled in a widening corruption investigation, which also saw officials wheeling treasure troves of luxury handbags, jewellery and cash out of Najib’s apartment. In the […]

A WATERING DOWN OF TIES?

What happened? Adding to the string of events that signal strained ties between Malaysia and Singapore, Malaysia Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has expressed that the water deal that Malaysia has with Singapore needs to be renegotiated as it is “too costly“. “I think it is manifestly ridiculous that we should sell water at 3 sen […]

CHINA STANDS ITS GROUND ON TAIWAN FLIGHTS

Taiwan has lodged a complaint against Scoot and Singapore Airlines (SIA) for having decided to comply with China’s requests to list Taiwan as part of Chinese territory  With China throwing its weight around, Taiwan’s destination will be listed as “Taiwan, China” on all Scoot and SIA flights. Some other airlines have already made the switch, […]

THANK YOU, ANTHONY BOURDAIN

What happened? It’s been a sad week. Anthony Bourdain- writer, chef and award-winning host, was found dead in his French hotel bathroom in a case of apparent suicide on Friday morning. He was only 61 years old. Eric Ripert, a longtime friend of Bourdain’s, had found Bourdain unresponsive in his room when he and a […]

IS MALAYSIA BLOWING HOT AND COLD?

Friend… or foe? Bilateral relations between Malaysia and Singapore have been thrown into the spotlight this past week, ever since newly elected Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad called to scrap the High-Speed Rail (HSR) project, which has been in the works since 2013. According to transport minister Khaw Boon Wan, even as Singapore continues to wait […]

CAN AN ACT OF PROTEST EVER BE RESPECTFUL?

In the newly implemented NFL National Anthem Policy, players are no longer allowed to kneel or perform acts that suggest disrespect during the national anthem, else face financial penalties. Instead, players who do not wish to be a part of it may sit out in the locker room. There has been a recent history of […]

STRENGTHENING DATA PROTECTION, ONE APP AT A TIME

On May 25th, the European Union implemented a General Data Protection Act, better known as GDPR, to tighten controls on what companies can or cannot do with users’ data. This revision is much needed, as many of the laws were previously written before smartphones came along and took data harnessing to a massive new level. […]