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Er Kwong Wah: The “roadie” who set the stage for SDU, matchmaking service for grads

In today’s context, retired civil servant Er Kwong Wah could be seen as a “roadie”, someone who set the stage for the Social Development Unit (SDU), the government’s matchmaking division, in the 1980s.  The 76-year-old tells TheHomeGround Asia that it was the one role he played in the 1980s that brought him closer to the…
10 Sep 2022 5 mins read

A National Day song about Katong, a place that everyone knows and loves

While the rest of Singapore is singing national songs in celebration of the 57th National Day, acapella group Vocaluptuous decided to go totally local. “We wanted to do a song that had a connection to a place that everyone knew and was completely familiar with, and My Old Hometown Katong fit the bill as it…
9 Aug 2022 5 mins read

Loss of structure, sudden freedom drive some to break the law again and again

Many re-offenders in Singapore who repeatedly break the law and return to prison “time and time again”, are said to come from specialised schools catering to the “PSLE no-hopers”, while some are said to be on the spectrum. Counsellors and even ex-offenders believe this stems from the sudden loss of structure provided by these schools…
4 Aug 2022 6 mins read

Moving day: the cost and consideration to stay put or move out for hawkers

Hit them where it hurts. With prices of goods and services across many baskets skyrocketing, it has left Singaporean consumers feeling more than just a pinch.  Electricity tariffs shot up by an average of 8.1% from 1 July to 30 September 2022; fuel prices peaked at around S$3.37 in June 2022, an increase of almost…
28 Jul 2022 5 mins read

Reviving the Kampung Spirit in Sengkang through food rescue

Whose responsibility when it comes to food wastage in Singapore? For a group of residents in Sengkang, it is a duty they are proud to shoulder through food rescue. Co-founder of Food Rescue Sengkang (FRSK) Derek Ong estimates that on a given Saturday, a main distribution day for the group, there are about 20 to…
23 Jul 2022 6 mins read

Hwa Chong Institution staff suspended for discriminatory content on LGBT+ community

A staff member of Hwa Chong Institution (HCI) was reprimanded and suspended from delivering sexuality education lessons in the future after he made derogatory and unfounded claims about the LGBTQ+ community during a school presentation. The staff had given a presentation to a cohort of Secondary 4 students last Wednesday, 13 July, which contained prejudicial…
18 Jul 2022 4 mins read

Lease decay – do homeowners know what to do?

Does anyone know what to do when their HDB flat’s lease decay to zero? That was what Mr Lee Hsien Yang, the younger son of modern Singapore’s founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, wrote on a Facebook post on 11 July. In the post, Mr Lee said the past generation of homeowners had faith in…
16 Jul 2022 6 mins read

Risky behaviours of teens: How to ensure their safety in public buildings

Kids will be kids, as the adage goes — and they are indeed. But as recent news reports and videos circulated online, some of them, like these pupils from Yumin and Junyuan primary schools running atop a sheltered walkway in Tampines, test their safety limits. The children were said to have climbed onto the structure…
14 Jul 2022 3 mins read

Celebrating being a proud and self-reliant Muslim community in modern Singapore

As a leading global trading and financial hub, Singapore has the infrastructure and expertise that international corporations need to effectively access other ASEAN markets. And in April this year, Trade and Industry Minister Gan Kim Yong said the country needs to achieve deep industry and business transformation, and build a bench of successful Singapore enterprises…
9 Jul 2022 5 mins read

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