Hot-potato Issues – HDB, CPF, Salaries

  THREE issues have gained prominence in Singapore’s social media landscape in recent weeks, and the conversations about them don’t seem to be going away anytime soon. These issues relate to...
time wasting

Doctors, Aren’t Patients Clients…2?

UPDATED About a month after my last visit, and the feedback I’d given the eye specialist, I went back for a follow up. The appointment was for 9.15am;  the second appointment...

What Is A Minister’s Worth To You?

  THE LATE Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew equated ministers’ pay to the importance of an individual to Singapore. When ministerial pay hikes were discussed in parliament in 1985, Lee referred...
PDPA, GDPR, Singhealth

PDPA Vs GDPR — Whose Privacy Is Being Protected?

 ON ITS website, SingHealth has a page devoted to the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) which took effect on January 2, 2013.  As a public healthcare institution, it declares that...
time wasting

Doctors, Aren’t Patients Clients, Too?

FOR THREE consecutive weeks this month, and even for previous bi-annual check-ups, I’ve been kept waiting for over an hour for each appointment, despite arriving punctually at the eye...
Datuk Seri Najib Ali

How Will Changes In Malaysia Affect Singapore?

  IT IS hard to imagine the Datuk Seri Najib Razak was Prime Minister of Malaysia just over two months ago. His fall from grace has been rapid, and he...

Anticipating And Preparing For Uncertainty

I SPENT a number of years in government starting up and evolving the Risk Assessment and Horizon Scanning or RAHS programme. I can’t speak to its current expression but when...
FIFA World Cup 2018, VAR

RoboRef Calls The Shots

A CLEAR winner in the unfolding World Cup in Russia is working its magic off the field of play. The Virtual Assistant Referee (VAR) has heightened the sense of drama...
Trump-Kim Summit

Using 7 Names To Escape From North Korea

NORMALLY, celebrations mark the culmination of a successful event. The recent Trump-Kim Summit in Singapore reversed the process and served as a media spectacle that gave very little insight into...
Azalea Holdings

Will Azalea Bloom With Astrea IV?

  AN OLD adage in investing is don’t invest in something that you don’t understand. The new private equity-backed bond that has been launched by Temasek Holdings unit, the Azalea...