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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

Mental health issues in Singapore’s Budget Speech for the first time

Unprecedentedly, Finance Minister Lawrence Wong mentions the issue of mental health in this year’s national Budget Speech — and advocates are rejoicing the milestone. “This might be the first time ever that Mental Health is mentioned in the Budget Speech, we should celebrate this baby step of progress!” says mental health awareness platform, @sgmentalhealthmatters on…
21 Feb 2022 2 mins read

Opinion: Why and how did Pritam Singh get caught in the cross hairs?

Raeesah Khan lied in Parliament. She confessed. It should have been an open and shut case. But the Parliamentary investigation into the former Workers’ Party (WP) MP morphed into something that could affect the party’s future and that of politics in Singapore. The investigation team smelt blood as they detected a bigger prey waiting to…
18 Feb 2022 2 mins read

Unwrapped: The COP report, and what it means to the ordinary Singaporean

In our weekly series Unwrapped, TheHomeGround Asia takes a closer look at major stories and happenings that impact Singaporeans. After a four-hour-long debate on two motions moved by Leader of the House Indranee Rajah, the Singapore Parliament voted to refer Workers’ Party (WP) secretary general Pritam Singh and MP Faisal Manap to the public prosecutor…
17 Feb 2022 1 min read

Singapore’s political landscape: Changing for the better or for worse?

After 18 months of ups and downs since Singaporeans went to the polls on 10 July 2020, the country enters the Year of the Tiger in 2022, having managed the impacts of external pressures on its globalised economy, absorbed the effect of Covid-19 and navigated domestic political change.  When the country held its General Elections…
3 Feb 2022 5 mins read

Opinion: Will the Workers’ Party be done in by a “woke” member?

I woke up to woke only just now.  The word has been bandied about often but I have been against using it because I am an old-fashioned user of the English language who resists the use of new words when old ones can do the job. But then Raeesah Khan stormed into our consciousness and…
5 Jan 2022 2 mins read

Why does Raeesah Khan matter?

The saga surrounding former opposition member of parliament Raeesah Khan has not stopped with her resignation as an MP and a member of the Workers’ Party. In fact, it has snowballed, threatening to drag down party leader Pritam Singh too. The drama could have been ideally avoided had Ms Khan come clean about her lie…
17 Dec 2021 6 mins read

Singapore politicians on social media: reaching out or simply self indulgence?

Speaker of Parliament Tan Chuan-Jin sharing his favourite hobby of ‘Iron and Chill’. (Photo source: Tan Chuan-Jin/Twitter)Speaker of the House and People’s Action Party’s (PAP) Member of Parliament (MP) Tan Chuan-Jin, de-stresses by ironing while watching his favourite shows on TV.  In her declaration of what the Singaporean core means, central executive member of…
18 Aug 2021 9 mins read

Opinion: Are you un-Singaporean if you do not care who the next PM will be?

A millennial’s impassioned take on what it means for some to be a Singaporean, and why it does not matter who the next PM will be. When Singapore Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) Heng Swee Keat went on stage to profess his love for the east coast in front of the entire nation, he didn’t just…
4 Jun 2021 4 mins read

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