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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Smoking bad, gambling good?

Gambling is a vice. Smoking is also a vice. Gambling can bring misery to gamblers and their families. Similarly… …smoking can bring untold pain to smokers and their families. Gambling is addictive. So is smoking. Gambling can have an adverse effect on non-gamblers. So can smoking on non-smokers. First, Singapore […]

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Brave Young Hearts

Would you like to know more about me and my thoughts? Catch me… …in action on ‘Brave Young Hearts’ on Sunday, 23 January 2005 at 10.30pm on Cha

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My Reflections

My life may not be ordinary because of my appointment as the Young Ambassador of the National Kidney Foundation Children’s Medical Fund (CMF) and position as a freelance writer for Today newspaper. After all, I am only 14 years old. However… …I am fully aware that I am just an […]

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Being disabled is a privilege in Sydney

My parents had no difficulty wheeling me around town for a shopping spree. There were ramps and lifts for wheelchair users. In some places, there were no steps – only ramps for both the able-bodied and the disabled. When I was in Sydney recently, I found myself in the place […]

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Why can’t I call a spade a spade

I have many happy memories of my primary school days. Among them was a measure of freedom of speech which I miss. My classmates and I did not back-stab one another. We complained openly and honestly and got one another into trouble. There was no problem as not many took […]

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A young life lost…in vain?

…I could not believe it when I heard the terrible news on the radio. To be sure, I watched the evening news on television. It was a tragic end for lively eight-year old Huang Na and her dream of becoming a doctor. Her body was found in a box which […]

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If we don’t, who will?

It was reported recently that dengue fever cases are at an all-time high here. “Why?” I asked myself… …”Can’t the National Environment Agency (NEA) do anything to keep the deadly disease in check?” Evidently, it can’t. Otherwise, the number of cases would not have risen. So, is the agency at […]

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Idol Fever

On 4 October 2004, I was asked to welcome some stars of the American Idols when they visited the chronically ill children at the Shaw/NKF children’s ward at the National University Hospital (NUH). As the Young Ambassador for the National Kidney Foundation Children’s Medical Fund (CMF), I have many duties. […]

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