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From the Indian community to Chinese to Filipinos, Singapore feels the strain of immigration

The Lion City’s reputation as a melting pot is being tested by rising nationalism. In the past, race relations were the focus; today, there are divisions within ethnic groups.

6 Dec 2019 - 5:48AM

The Lion City’s reputation as a melting pot is being tested by rising nationalism. In the past, race relations were the focus; today, there are divisions within ethnic groups.

From the Indian community to Chinese to Filipinos, Singapore feels the strain of immigration
Singapore’s opposition Workers’ Party floats ideas to help fund retirement through HDB public housing home ownership

Workers’ Party proposes expansion of Lease Buyback Scheme to enable retirees to cash in on the value of their public housing flats while living in them.

30 Nov 2019 - 11:16PM

Workers’ Party proposes expansion of Lease Buyback Scheme to enable retirees to cash in on the value of their public housing flats while living in them.

Singapore’s opposition Workers’ Party floats ideas to help fund retirement through HDB public housing home ownership
If Singapore is so wealthy, why do its citizens feel stuck?

As a survey finds most Singaporeans expect little financial mobility, experts say that with the era of miracle growth in the past, it may be time to rethink priorities.

18 Nov 2019 - 10:10AM

As a survey finds most Singaporeans expect little financial mobility, experts say that with the era of miracle growth in the past, it may be time to rethink priorities.

If Singapore is so wealthy, why do its citizens feel stuck?
In wealthy Singapore, about 1,000 people sleep rough every night

In the city where part of the Crazy Rich Asians movie was filmed and where the home ownership rate stands at more than 90 per cent, a forgotten few sleep outside.

25 Nov 2019 - 3:33AM

In the city where part of the Crazy Rich Asians movie was filmed and where the home ownership rate stands at more than 90 per cent, a forgotten few sleep outside.

In wealthy Singapore, about 1,000 people sleep rough every night
From the PAP to the Workers’ Party, why are Singapore’s political parties increasingly concerned with climate change?

Singaporeans have in recent years become more aware of the costs of climate change and analysts say young voters in particular care about the issue.

4 Nov 2019 - 9:02AM

Singaporeans have in recent years become more aware of the costs of climate change and analysts say young voters in particular care about the issue.

From the PAP to the Workers’ Party, why are Singapore’s political parties increasingly concerned with climate change?
Singapore’s worrying trend of homeowners defaulting on mortgages

As the economy in the Lion City slows, more are defaulting on their home loans. Meanwhile, private homes continue to be built, prompting analysts to warn of an oversupply.

25 Nov 2019 - 3:24AM

As the economy in the Lion City slows, more are defaulting on their home loans. Meanwhile, private homes continue to be built, prompting analysts to warn of an oversupply.

Singapore’s worrying trend of homeowners defaulting on mortgages
Why some members of Singapore’s LGBT community prefer life in the shadows

Public opinion and colonial-era laws prevent some from broadcasting their sexuality. The potential for backlash against activism is also a concern.

6 Feb 2019 - 9:29PM

Public opinion and colonial-era laws prevent some from broadcasting their sexuality. The potential for backlash against activism is also a concern.

Why some members of Singapore’s LGBT community prefer life in the shadows
Singapore’s foreign domestic workers vulnerable to forced labour, report finds

Despite having some legal rights, maids in the Lion City are susceptible to exploitation, sometimes through ‘subtle coercion’ by employers who perceive themselves to be law-abiding.

16 Jan 2019 - 3:02AM

Despite having some legal rights, maids in the Lion City are susceptible to exploitation, sometimes through ‘subtle coercion’ by employers who perceive themselves to be law-abiding.

Singapore’s foreign domestic workers vulnerable to forced labour, report finds
‘A huge load off our shoulders’: gay Singapore couple open up after landmark adoption case

The two dads whose adoption case made international headlines say they are relieved and looking forward to a special family Christmas.

29 Dec 2018 - 8:59PM

The two dads whose adoption case made international headlines say they are relieved and looking forward to a special family Christmas.

‘A huge load off our shoulders’: gay Singapore couple open up after landmark adoption case
If Singapore’s ‘Unesco’ food hawkers are so good, why pay them so little?

The Lion City talks a good game with its hawker food, seeking its recognition as cultural heritage, but won’t put money where its mouth is – and by paying less than Hongkongers for street food, Singaporeans are starving the industry.

18 Dec 2018 - 11:55AM

The Lion City talks a good game with its hawker food, seeking its recognition as cultural heritage, but won’t put money where its mouth is – and by paying less than Hongkongers for street food, Singaporeans are starving the industry.

If Singapore’s ‘Unesco’ food hawkers are so good, why pay them so little?
Singapore allows gay couple to adopt their surrogate son in landmark ruling

The two men are Singaporeans of Chinese ethnicity, aged 45. They have been living together since 2005.

23 Dec 2018 - 9:01PM

The two men are Singaporeans of Chinese ethnicity, aged 45. They have been living together since 2005.

Singapore allows gay couple to adopt their surrogate son in landmark ruling
Indonesian election: with nod to Malaysia’s 1MDB, Prabowo makes corruption pledge

Former general taking on Joko Widodo for the Indonesian presidency has also taken a tough line on Chinese investment and is critical of rising living costs

28 Nov 2018 - 9:39PM

Former general taking on Joko Widodo for the Indonesian presidency has also taken a tough line on Chinese investment and is critical of rising living costs

Indonesian election: with nod to Malaysia’s 1MDB, Prabowo makes corruption pledge
Singapore’s next prime minister Heng Swee Keat: a safe pair of hands, ‘there’s just one pity’ (said Lee Kuan Yew)

He’s served his country, helmed the finance ministry and is now all set to be the Lion City’s next leader. According to Singapore’s founding father, Heng Swee Keat comes up short in just one regard

24 Nov 2018 - 5:28AM

He’s served his country, helmed the finance ministry and is now all set to be the Lion City’s next leader. According to Singapore’s founding father, Heng Swee Keat comes up short in just one regard

Singapore’s next prime minister Heng Swee Keat: a safe pair of hands, ‘there’s just one pity’ (said Lee Kuan Yew)
Behind Crazy Rich Singapore’s mask, a growing class divide

There is another side to the Lion City’s fabled wealth: a widening gap between rich and poor that is forcing its citizens to question whether their home is really the land of opportunity they once thought.

22 Oct 2018 - 5:38PM

There is another side to the Lion City’s fabled wealth: a widening gap between rich and poor that is forcing its citizens to question whether their home is really the land of opportunity they once thought.

Behind Crazy Rich Singapore’s mask, a growing class divide
‘Expect more disasters like Palu’: why giant quakes continue to devastate poorer Asian communities

Former Caltech professor Kerry Sieh expects an even larger one to devastate the archipelago in the next 15 to 20 years. Better education and safety measures could save more lives.

11 Oct 2018 - 9:21PM

Former Caltech professor Kerry Sieh expects an even larger one to devastate the archipelago in the next 15 to 20 years. Better education and safety measures could save more lives.

‘Expect more disasters like Palu’: why giant quakes continue to devastate poorer Asian communities
Gay sex: is Singapore ready to follow India out of the legal closet?

Legal, business and academic figures are backing a movement seeking to overturn a colonial-era law that criminalises homosexual intercourse, just weeks after a similar move prompted scenes of joy in New Delhi.

2 Oct 2018 - 5:59PM

Legal, business and academic figures are backing a movement seeking to overturn a colonial-era law that criminalises homosexual intercourse, just weeks after a similar move prompted scenes of joy in New Delhi.

Gay sex: is Singapore ready to follow India out of the legal closet?
Singapore’s homeowners have 99 problems (and the lease is No 1)

As the oldest public housing flats near the halfway mark of their 99-year leases, owners grapple with the fear that what once seemed an astute investment now seems doomed to depreciation.

22 Aug 2018 - 4:35AM

As the oldest public housing flats near the halfway mark of their 99-year leases, owners grapple with the fear that what once seemed an astute investment now seems doomed to depreciation.

Singapore’s homeowners have 99 problems (and the lease is No 1)
Where to go, what to do? Family in Singapore’s gay surrogacy adoption case face life in limbo

A court decision leaves a new family uncertain whether their ‘illegitimate’ child – conceived by a surrogate in the United States – can go to school, or even if he can stay in the Lion City.

30 Apr 2018 - 4:33PM

A court decision leaves a new family uncertain whether their ‘illegitimate’ child – conceived by a surrogate in the United States – can go to school, or even if he can stay in the Lion City.

Where to go, what to do? Family in Singapore’s gay surrogacy adoption case face life in limbo
Singapore’s sex trade: licensed brothels, ‘sugar babies’, and laws you can run rings around

Prostitutes licensed to brothels in official red-light areas, while freelancers ply the streets and others work under cover of escort agencies or are pimped by vice rings – all in breach of laws: it’s a set-up ripe for exploitation, some say

29 Jun 2018 - 1:55PM

Prostitutes licensed to brothels in official red-light areas, while freelancers ply the streets and others work under cover of escort agencies or are pimped by vice rings – all in breach of laws: it’s a set-up ripe for exploitation, some say

Singapore’s sex trade: licensed brothels, ‘sugar babies’, and laws you can run rings around
Medical tourism looks healthy in Malaysia, but in Singapore?