Being good, is Singaporean

“This is typical of Singaporeans,” my friend said while reading the March 16 issue of this newspaper. Referring to the letter from Michael Teo, he said: “How can the commuters ignore the cheerful greetings from the bus captain? Isn’t it natural for you to return a greeting? But being indifferent […]

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Discipline students, but in a productive way

A group of boys was asked to copy a Chinese passage five times. When it was completed, it came to about 15 to 16 foolscap pages. The exercise was not only tedious but also punishing. What’s more – it had nothing to do with the learning of the language. The […]

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Speakers’ Corner for young people?

The Esplanade could fill the bill, providing a chance for S’pore youths to express their views I was at the Esplanade recently to watch an exhibition match between two teams with great expertise in their field. As I had expected a huge turnout, I was at the venue more than […]

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More fines are just fine

Someone came up with this wisecrack: “Singapore is a fine city”. If you have read or heard the quote, you will know that fine, in the context, means money paid as a punishment. If you litter you will be fined. If you park illegally, you will be fined. If you […]

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