Singaporeans were abuzz with mixed reactions on Friday (June 18) when the Government announced that Phase Three (heightened alert) would reopen in two phases due to the recent spike in Covid-19 community cases. While some celebrated the reopening of gyms and maskless indoor exercise on June 21, others lamented the delay in returning to dining out in groups of five.
On June 14 (Monday), the People’s Association (PA) released a statement in denouncing Ms Sarah Bagharib’s accusation that the association is racist.
While the PA and its vendor was in the wrong for using the image and Ms Sarah is the aggrieved party, that by itself does not provide an unrestrained license to weave narratives without evidence.
Beyond the typical stereotype of a philosopher, such figures have a much more valuable role in society than most realise — yet, there is a seeming lack of philosophers in Singapore.
So, what would a Singapore with philosophers look like?
Let’s be honest, Singapore is a pretty materialistic society. And it is only going to get worse.
The issue of mental health has risen to the forefront of the Singaporean youth consciousness in recent years, and for good reason; mental health is just as essential to our quality of life as physical health is. So, the question more and more of us are asking is: who can help me manage my mental health, and how can I find them?
Be it Mediacorp or Mothership, the choices Singaporeans have for local media are few and far between. This lack in diversity may not be at the front of most people’s minds, but is a concerning issue nonetheless.
Despite the increased emphasis on mental health over the years, are we doing enough?
The term originated in 2017, and has slowly but surely picked up negative connotations. While some have been quick to call for the cancelling of cancel culture, whose definition of cancel culture are they exactly referring to?
As with all controversial things uploaded online, the video was swiftly taken down but the damage had already been done. Joanna Theng and Jaime Wong, the two featured in the video, also issued apologies of their own, before the former decided to “take some time off social media”. Despite the criticism, some have come to their defence, asserting that the pair were merely expressing their own harmless opinions. And this is where I disagree.
You may have noticed the same few uncles or aunties sitting at a corner of the coffee shop near your house, or staring into space at the void deck.
Have you ever thought of what kept them alone all these while?
Even if you may not have taken notice of them, home alone elderly will soon be a prominent issue in Singapore.