December 8, 2019

HOW NOW SINGAPORE? Revisiting Lee Kuan Yew's Hard Truths

August 9, 2017

Success stories of the victors and cries of the victims

August 11, 2016

Why History Matters to Singapore

July 26, 2016

Paying attention to finance, economy & capital flows in architecture

July 23, 2016

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August 9, 2017

This essay revisits LKY’s hard truths in the light of changing world conditions. In doing so it has to propose some new ideas in brief but which will need to be developed in greater scope and depth later.


Lee Kuan Yew left a system and a governing philosoph...

August 11, 2016

I refer to the success narrative in Kishore Mahbubani's "Three Stories to strengthen the Singapore Spirit" published by The Straits Times on April 12.

A nation's history has its successes and failures as he arightly pointed out. We must be humble in parading the success...

July 26, 2016

The following is the text of my remarks at the Singapore Theatre Festival’s Art and Life Session #03, “History, His Story, Whose Story?”, Sunday 24 July 2016. My fellow speakers were Tan Pin Pin, Sonny Liew, and Jason Soo, and the panel was moderated by Alfian Sa'at. D...

July 23, 2016

Tay Kheng Soon wants the public to interact with his students to ground them in reality as they try to understand and imagine a possible future of Singapore. For the coming NUS Architecture Year 4, semester 1, Tay Kheng Soon Design-Research Studio, he has set "The Futu...

July 15, 2016

On 11 July 2016, the Government tabled the Administration of Justice (Protection) Bill ("Proposed Legislation") for first reading in parliament. According to a Straits Times report, the Minister for Law claimed that the Proposed Legislation does not expand the definiti...

July 4, 2016

Inconvenient Questions closed operations last weekend. As a contributor to the new website, IQ’s closing brings a sense of loss that few might feel, given its limited reach. Nevertheless, for those of us watching the media scene in Singapore, the loss of every website...

June 27, 2016

Future of Singapore (FOS) is primarily an internet forum where serious topics affecting Singapore, its neighbouring countries, the Indo-Pacific region and world affairs are discussed.

Everything that happens in the world affects Singapore. There is evidence of gl...

April 11, 2016

When  the public disapproves of the government’s heavy handed action against an individual critic, the blame is often leveled at the Prime Minister, or his ministers. At times the court too comes under criticism. But a post which has so far avoided much public scrutiny...

April 7, 2016

Thomas Paine famously wrote: “He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that reach to himself.”

There are very few cases besides free expression that this statement holds...

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Public talk event on

30 November 2019
3 pm at Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium at the School of Accountancy, Singapore Management University.

Presented by the Future of Singapore (FOSG) and co-hosted by the Wee Kim Wee Centre, SMU

^ Yeoh Lam Keong on Singapore economy (Part 6). In this segment he talks about the cultural mindset in the government that makes change abysmal. 

For more of the video recordings of the conversation with Yeoh Lam Keong and others, please  visit the FORUM PAGE.

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