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Unwrapped: S’pore set law to stop cancel culture but is POFMA cancel culture?

A law in place to prevent cancel culture. That is what Singapore is setting out to do to stop people from docking others’ free speech through aggressive online attacks, said Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam in an interview in September. This seems timely as this is a time when social media has grown…
1 Nov 2022 1 min read

Big Read Unwrapped: The deal about ageing in place. Are we already there?

What is the deal with ageing in Singapore? With one in four Singaporeans aged 65 or older by 2030, there is the need to chart the way forward to grow old more confidently and gracefully. Yet, Singapore still talks about the growing longer life expectancy, without realising that health expectancy has a 10-year debt behind…
27 Oct 2022 3 mins read

Unwrapped: New work pass strengthens S’pore as a global hub, what about S’poreans?

Singapore’s new work pass is among several initiatives toĀ strengthen its position as a global talent hub. Known as the Overseas Networks and Expertise Pass,Ā  it is the nation’s card up its sleeve to attract the world’s best and brightest across all sectors to its shores. Applicants will need to earn a fixed monthly salary of…
19 Oct 2022 1 min read

Big Read Unwrapped: Passion for gold and getting into the psyche of a top athlete

Team Singapore’s passion for gold had its athletes lead a successful campaign in 2022. Sports administrators hailed the “bright future” ahead for Singapore sport after the showing by its athletes at the SEA Games in Hanoi, Vietnam; the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, Britain; and the ASEAN Para Games in Solo, Indonesia. At the SEA Games,…
2 Oct 2022 3 mins read

Unwrapped: Healthier SG – If it’s preventive healthcare, why start from age 60?

Healthier SG is said to be long overdue in overhauling the country’s healthcare structure, changing decades-long ā€œsick careā€ system to one that promotes healthier lifestyle and improves the quality of life of those living in the country. The Health Ministry (MOH) has articulated key features of Healthier SG, which include family doctors delivering preventive care,…
22 Sep 2022 1 min read

Big Read Unwrapped: Civil movement and the death of the patriarchal government

Civil movement grows stronger as the Singapore society matures and its population becomes better educated. The country also faces a growing segment of Millennials and Gen Zs who are clamouring for their voices to be heard. These younger Singaporeans are asking for more openness and consultation. In our monthly Big Read Unwrapped, TheHomeGround Asia takes…
6 Sep 2022 4 mins read

Unwrapped: 377A repealed ā€” we should have moved on and accepted one another already

Section 377A of the Penal Code has been repealed after having taken an arduous 15 years and several legal challenges to do so. And while the LGBTQ community celebrated, is this celebration a short-lived one as the government continues to ā€œuphold and safeguard the institution of marriageā€? There is no doubt that Singapore will continue…
31 Aug 2022 1 min read

Unwrapped: Understanding our judicial system

There is no doubt that the Singapore judicial system is said to be firm, just and fair; yet, according to reports in the media it seems to mete out different punishments to different people committing similar offences. In our weekly series Unwrapped, TheHomeGround Asia takes a closer look at major stories and happenings that impact…
24 Aug 2022 1 min read

Big Read Unwrapped: The challenges of the LGBTQ in conservative Singapore

Singapore remains largely conservative despite increasingly liberal views of youths around LGBTQ+ rights and countless queer Singaporeans feel the need to conceal their identity to avoid rejection by their families, friends, colleagues, and the wider community. And it was only on Sunday, 31 July, that the Catholic Church in Singapore reiterated its position that marriage…
1 Aug 2022 7 mins read

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