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Ground-up activism: Civil society and advocacy that make a difference in Singapore

At the 2019 “Building Our Future Singapore Together” dialogue, Deputy Prime Minister and then Minister for Finance Heng Swee Keat brought up the importance of civil society when he said, “We need to shift from a government that focuses primarily on working for you, to a government that works with you. Working with you, for…
29 Jul 2022 5 mins read

Freedom to choose what is best for you: Has it always been there for Singaporeans?

The lives of Singaporeans have been well mapped out — from birth to the time they go to school, from graduation to getting their first job, from getting married to having their first grandchild. Some may even say they are not for wanting, yet questions have been raised whether Singaporeans have the freedom to plot…
29 Jul 2022 6 mins read

Social media and the government: Tango for transparency and accountability

At the 2020 General Election (GE2020) in Singapore, both social media sites and instant messaging were the two most used platforms, playing important roles for political engagement to ensure there is transparency and accountability. Apart from GE2020, the people turn to social media when they feel they have to right a wrong, especially when it…
29 Jul 2022 6 mins read

Grassroots movement: Is this the start of ground-up activism in Singapore?

Grassroots organisations (GROs) usually use collective action to drive change at a local, regional or even national level and in Singapore they are made up of the ordinary people rather than the leaders. In Singapore, GROs are relied on for mass mobilisation and surveillance. They include the Citizens’ Consultative Committees (CCCs), Community Club Management Committees (CCMCs),…
29 Jul 2022 5 mins read

Are we still living under a patriarchal government in Singapore?

When it comes to its style of government, Singapore has one that is “a mix of semi-authoritarian, one-party rule”. Its civil service is highly centralised and meritocratic, with government officials appointed to their jobs based on skill and performance. Singapore’s success clearly did not come down to the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew alone and…
28 Jul 2022 6 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

Ang Mo Kio SERS 2022: Testing the waters for shorter leases?

It has been a question on everyone’s mind: Will my HDB flat be worth nothing one day? It was in April 2022 that residents living in Blocks 562 to 565 at Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3, comprising 606 units of mainly 3-room and 4-room flats, will have their properties sold back to the government at…
5 Jul 2022 4 mins read

Does it really matter which politician was first at Pink Dot SG?

It was on 18 June that Pink Dot SG returned to Hong Lim Park for edition number 14.  Thousands of supporters and activists thronged the landmark LGBTQ+ rally excitedly after a two-year hiatus from physical gatherings due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  Even spotted at the event were Members of Parliament Henry Kwek and Jamus Lim,…
24 Jun 2022 4 mins read

Unwrapped: GST Tax, its rationale and can Singapore take better care of its citizens

In our weekly series Unwrapped, TheHomeGround Asia takes a closer look at major stories and happenings that impact Singaporeans. Singapore has had a tough two years due to the global pandemic. The economy was in a recession, people lost their jobs and the country is only now in the process of recovering from the financial…
24 Feb 2022 1 min read

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