Disclaimer: Opinions expressed herewith are strictly mine as a private citizen and has nothing to do with my employer, the National University of Singapore.

Truth be told, I really shouldn’t be blogging. School is about to start again next week and I feel like dying. But I am incorrigible.

In case people haven’t been paying attention, the current fiasco going on in this country is what I would call TTgate (TT = TraceTogether). This is the summary of the fiasco:

  1. Minister Vivian Balakrishnan had said several months ago that the TraceTogether data would only be used for contact tracing and…


Disclaimer: Opinions expressed herewith are strictly mine as a private citizen and has nothing to do with my employer, the National University of Singapore.

It has come to my attention that Tow Ying Xiang has made posted this public complaint about sexual harassment at NUS here.

NUS has posted our “official” response, not sure how helpful it really is, but here it is for reference (in case people cannot find it among the comments):

“Hi Ying Xiang,

The University is aware of this matter, and NUS colleagues have been, and continue to be, in touch with you.

In the earlier…


Disclaimer: Opinions expressed herewith are strictly mine as a private citizen and has nothing to do with my employer, the National University of Singapore.

There is this post by one G Kethlyn Gayatiri that has gone viral.

In summary, Ms Gayatiri’s mother is a widow and she applied to MSF as a foster parent and she has been rejected (ostensibly because she was a widow). Her mother is v upset and Ms Gayatiri is lashing out on MSF on being insensitive. Her post is being shared by people who apparently sympathize with her.

I think it is good for people…


Disclaimer: Opinions expressed herewith are strictly mine as a private citizen and has nothing to do with my employer, the National University of Singapore.

Our Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam made a very long and detailed Ministerial Statement about Parti Liyani in Parliament to make 3 points: (i) there was no “influence peddling” involved, aka the Police did not in any way “favour” the rich Liews to “oppress” the poor and weak; (ii) the Police and AGC acted in good faith though he admitted that there were procedural lapses; and(iii) the Government is committed to ensuring that all…


Disclaimer: Opinions expressed herewith are strictly mine as a private citizen and has nothing to do with my employer, the National University of Singapore.

I had dinner with this young man last week and we discussed meritocracy. He talked about the common narrative about meritocracy, aka how society today is less meritocratic because the people with wealth seem to have an advantage over those who did not. Hold that thought.

Chua Mui Hoong happened to write a column on meritocracy yesterday. Basically, I see the article as two book reviews. …

Ben Leong

Fulltime prof, parttime kaypoh

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