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…

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…

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,…

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…

SEEING RED WITH THE RAIDS

In the aftermath of his surprise defeat at the recent general elections, Najib has much more to worry about than just his political standing. The new government, headed by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has since opened investigations into the 1MDB scandal, and police have…

CPF SET ASIDE… FOR RETIREMENT ONLY?

President Halimah Yacob pressed a raw nerve during her parliament address last week, suggesting CPF reforms that are based on Walter Theseira’s research. Walter Theseira is an economist at Singapore University of Social Sciences who called for the prevention of the usage of CPF…