Singapore retains the use of capital punishment for the most severe crimes in the city-state. Is it still relevant today?

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On 29 December 1971, 10 men between the age of 16 and 34, robbed and murdered 3 men — Ngo Cheng Poh, 55; Ang Boon Chai, 57; and Leong Chin Woo, 51.

The 10 perpetrators were:

  • David Chou Hock Heng, 34
  • Andrew Chou Hock Guan, 25
  • Augustine Ang Cheng Siong, 25
  • Peter Lim Swee Guan, 24
  • Stephen Francis, 20
  • Alex Yau Hean Thye, 19
  • Richard James, 18
  • Nagalingam Konesekaram, 18
  • Ringo Lee Chiew Chwee, 16
  • Stephen Lee Hock Khoon, 16

Andrew Chou was an air cargo supervisor with Air Vietnam and in early 1971, he was approached to smuggle gold…


Perhaps it is about how we deal with one’s failures and weaknesses

My Basic Military Training Graduation Parade at the Marina Bay Floating Platform in June 2019

Just over a week ago, Ms Corina Lim, the executive director of the Association of Women for Action and Research (Aware), spoke about toxic masculinity in National Service (NS) during the third lecture of the Institute of Policy Studies-Nathan Lecture Series.

For the uninitiated, all male Singapore citizens and permanent residents have to serve for a period of 22–24 months in the uniformed services (Singapore Armed Forces, Singapore Police Force or Singapore Civil Defence Force)upon attaining the age of 18. …


Giving something a different, less well-thought-out name might lead to disastrous outcomes

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When the SARS‑CoV‑2 virus began to spread worldwide last year, many scrambled to break news every day about the impending pandemic. Those who broke the news referred to it as the Wuhan virus. The first use of this term began in January 2020. News outlets, politicians and experts — many of these professionals repeatedly used this term, or variations which included Wuhan, to talk about the situation in early 2020.

On 11 February 2020, Dr Tedros Adhanom, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the official name for the disease will be COVID-19 during a media briefing…


Unless you look hard enough, and you should

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Recently, two racially motivated incidents grabbed the attention of Singaporeans. A video circulated last month showing a Chinese Singaporean woman harassing fellow commuters with racist and bigoted remarks while she filmed the whole process on her mobile phone. Her remarks went to the extent of insinuating that other races were inferior. Further investigation revealed that this woman had been doing this for years.

Meanwhile, a few days ago, a Chinese Singaporean man had insulted an Indian Singaporean woman with racist remarks and even kicked her, causing her to fall and suffer from superficial injuries. He had shouted at the woman…


Fear is an optimal ingredient in creating an environment that is devoid of rationality & confidence, and COVID-19 has shown just that

This analysis does not equate to justification or endorsement. Hate crimes or discriminatory actions do not deserve any explanation beyond the facts presented. However, an analysis into why certain actions are carried out might shed light on the current reality and possibly help in preventing more atrocities.

According to the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations 2020, masks are not required during strenuous exercises which include brisk walking. Photo by Arek Adeoye on Unsplash

Just a day ago, a 55-year-old Indian Singaporean woman became a victim of a racist attack. A 30-year-old man had hurled racial slurs and landed a kick on her which caused her to fall and suffer from scratches on her arms and hands. These antagonistic actions came after the would-be assailant shouted at…

Eugene Goh

Aspiring Journalist. Starting university soon. Just penning down my opinions.

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