Speech at the Singapore Advocacy Awards

Thank you. I feel humbled to be here today amongst the many individuals who have shown courage, strength and persistence in their advocacy efforts. Actually, I did what anyone in my position would have done. A person once beset with severe mental illness, having suffered and recovered, I can only feel amazed at the extent …

More should be done about Singapore’s distributive inequality

According to the Singapore Department of Statistics, Singapore’s GINI coefficient had increased in 2012 to 0.478. It can be difficult to compare GINI coefficients with other countries due to the methodological differences of the sources. Nevertheless, it has been observed that Singapore’s GINI coefficient is high by international standards. Bloomberg Businessweek, based on a report …

How is food central to the Singaporean identity?

Indisputably, food is central to the Singaporean identity. The question that is rarely tackled is, how is it central? Can we explain the importance of food in our culture, and the extent of this importance? Can we specify the manner in which food relates to our most deeply held beliefs about ourselves? Unless we get …