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With the current pandemic, are you feeling lonely, worried and fearful? Are you waiting for COVID-19 to be over, so you can start living your life again? Would you like to know how to tap into your inner power and create a life that brings you abundant love, peace and joy? There is a hidden power inside of you. It is an inner direction that guides you when you feel lost. It is an inner voice that tells you that everything is going to be okay. It is your Inner Twin who reminds you that you ar ...
 
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The vast majority of Singapore residents are vaccinated and worldwide, nearly 6 billion shots have been given. Yet, barely nine months later, the first call for booster shots has gone out. But what does the data say? Why are there mixed scientific views? Will this confusion create even more uncertainty and affect eventual uptake? Lin Suling gets Dr…
 
Singapore is one of the world's most vaccinated countries but the unvaccinated remain at risk with every infection surge. Is it time to stop persuading people and consider mandates especially for those without legitimate medical reasons? Could a sharper differentiation of measures for the unvaccinated nudge more to get the shot? And what are the dr…
 
With one of the world’s highest vaccination rates and the ability to quickly test for COVID-19 infections, some questions were raised this week when the Singapore Government said it would not rule out a circuit breaker as it navigates a path towards opening up further. Is it possible to have a clean, clear exit strategy from the pandemic? And how c…
 
Penalised for breaking COVID-19 rules and refusing to wear a mask, Benjamin Glynn and Paramjeet Kaur claimed rules are not for "living people" with "sovereign rights". Where did such ideas come from? Are they a nuisance fringe group with little traction, or could there be a more serious undercurrent gathering steam slowly? Tan Ern Ser, Associate Pr…
 
Malaysian politics has been nothing short of a roller-coaster ride. With prime minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob now at the helm, ready to appoint a Cabinet, CNA’s Lin Suling asks ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute’s Dr Francis Hutchinson and Singapore Institute of International Affairs’ Dr Oh Ei Sun: Will the new government survive a confidence vote? Will UMN…
 
Millions have downloaded and streamed movies, plays and sitcoms to survive the pandemic. But what is like on the other side of the screen? Has COVID-19 compromised what the big screen can bring across and shaken up the movie industry? Lin Suling speaks to veteran filmmaker Juan Foo and Kew Lin, a full-time independent filmmaker on the challenges of…
 
One has been a competitive swimmer since 11 while the other switched out her nurse's uniform to train for hours on the water. Swimmer Quah Ting Wen and rower Joan Poh talk to Lin Suling about taking part in the unprecedented Tokyo 2020 Olympics, the extraordinary pressures of competing for international sporting glory, dealing with criticism and wh…
 
Since the death at River Valley High School, mental health has become a key issue in Singapore. Education Minister Chan Chun Sing outlined efforts to enhance mental health literacy and recruit more school counsellors. Do the suggested solutions go far enough? Or are they simply a band-aid, when deeper systemic and mindset shifts are needed? Lin Sul…
 
Eateries are on their knees with the latest round of Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) restrictions. What has it been like to be in the eye of the storm for more than a year? Have billions of dollars in relief made a difference? What are diners looking for in the post-pandemic dining experience? And are eateries ready to implement potential rules allowing…
 
Do these curbs suggest Singapore is further away from a new normal? What will it take to get there? Why not differentiate between those vaccinated and those who are not? And does living normally with COVID-19 hinge on getting seniors vaccinated? Lin Suling speaks to Dale Fisher, Senior Consultant at the Division of Infectious Disease, National Univ…
 
For new parents, particularly breastfeeding mums, the days and nights can become one incoherent blur. Why does postnatal depression happen? Might it start later and even affect dads? Lin Suling explores the big challenges that lurk beneath parenthood with new mother Elizabeth Quek and Associate Professor Helen Chen, Head and Senior Consultant of th…
 
The Ministry of Social and Family Development has floated “an amicable divorce option” for public consultation. Couples can jointly file for a dissolution of marriage without assigning blame. But how does a no-fault divorce work? How different is this from how Family Justice Courts treat uncontested cases? And will it mean divorce becomes an easy o…
 
Since COVID-19 hit, the people who fed a nation for decades have seen their fortunes tumble. In a world dominated with food apps, online delivery and cashless payment, going digital should be the norm but is no silver bullet. What's stopping hawkers? What's their future in a pandemic world? And will younger Singaporeans be discouraged from taking u…
 
During the circuit breaker last year, calls to mental healthcare hotlines shot up - Singaporeans were stressed, anxious, lonely and struggling. Who are the people on the other end of the line who answer these anguished calls for help? How do they manage burnout and the burden of caring for those who call? Lin Suling speaks to Porsche Poh, Executive…
 
For decades, the news industry had a watertight business model until the Internet and social media swept advertising and other revenue streams away. How can news organisations keep afloat and fulfill their mission of providing credible and timely journalism? Lin Suling finds out from Elmie Nekmat, Associate Professor, and Natalie Pang, Senior Lectu…
 
First it was the rise of ride-hailing. Then came COVID-19, wiping out tourists and reducing passenger numbers. How have taxi drivers survived the onslaught of change and continued to put food on the table for their families? Lin Suling speaks to Watson Wong and Sivalingam Subramaniam about common complaints, frustrations and being forced to adapt. …
 
Singapore is back to tighter restrictions after the biggest rise in community cases in nine months. Lin Suling talks to Duke-NUS professors David Matchar and Gavin Smith about variants on the loose, their effect on vaccines and how current restrictions stack up. They also explain why they think this pandemic will be a chronic problem for a while. S…
 
Record prices have been set in the private residential market and HDB prices have been rising steadily over the past year. What’s behind these trends and who is driving demand? Significantly, does this point to a creeping wealth gap making HDB flats unaffordable for young first-time home buyers? Lin Suling speaks to Ismail Gafoor, CEO of PropNex an…
 
Primary school girls posing with their friends, intimate pictures leaked by ex-lovers and even innocent personal Instagram videos. Thousands of images and videos were bartered in shady online chat groups. Who are these people and what goes on in this sleazy Internet underworld? Nisha Rai, an NUS undergraduate who uncovered the latest tranche of 60 …
 
The 4G leaders called DPM Heng’s decision to step aside a setback to succession planning. What’s behind the decision? What implications does this delay have for the ruling party, the Government and the country? And could the upcoming Cabinet reshuffle provide clues on the kind of leader a post-COVID Singapore needs? Lin Suling sits down with Dr Gil…
 
She’s a distinguished diplomat with a string of honours to her name. Professor Chan Heng Chee, Ambassador-at-Large at Singapore’s foreign affairs ministry and chair of the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities at the Singapore University for Technology and Design speaks to Lin Suling on her new book World In Transition: Singapore’s Future, wome…
 
How effective can such diets be for weight loss, reducing your cholesterol or burning fat? Can they be dangerous? And what role does culture play in weight management? Lin Suling finds out from Aptima Nutrition’s Jaclyn Reutens and NUH Director of the Centre for Obesity Management and Surgery Asst Prof Asim Shabbir. See omnystudio.com/listener for …
 
As Singapore becomes greener, could there be more man-versus-wild episodes in places near forested areas? Lin Suling tackles culling, fencing and the feeding of wildlife with NParks' wildlife management director How Choon Beng and conservationists Andie Ang and Shane Chiok. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
COVID-19 was a shot in the arm for food delivery platforms. One year on, have apps and restaurants gotten their systems in order? Why do we still hear of wrong, cancelled or late orders? And what does this demand and supply dance mean for the future of these services in Singapore? Lin Suling speaks to Momentum Works’ Jianggan Li and NUS Business Sc…
 
Budget 2021 afforded huge support to businesses and workers in riding out COVID-19. But what must give as Singapore switches priorities from providing relief to preparing for a post-pandemic world and doubling down on transformation? Lin Suling speaks to Associate Professor Walter Theseira from the Singapore University of Social Sciences, Assistant…
 
Ambitious targets in Singapore’s Green Plan 2030 on the adoption of electric vehicles announced on Wednesday (Feb 10) have signalled a bigger national commitment toward phasing out petrol and diesel cars. But how and when will it all come together – with a good range of affordable models of different sizes, enough charging stations and safe, fast-c…
 
January 2021 will go down as one of the most bizarre months in Wall Street's 200-year history where a video-game company found itself in the middle of what some call a modern day David-versus-Goliath stock market battle. What happened? What drove GameStop stock’s astronomical rise? What part did online trading platforms like Robinhood play? And can…
 
Two weeks before Chinese New Year, what’s behind Singapore’s new restrictions? What is the outlook for the country’s COVID-19 fight amid a raging pandemic, new mutated variants and rising imported cases? And are there conditions under which the rules can be peeled back as mass testing and nation-wide vaccinations get underway? Lin Suling speaks to …
 
In recent months, Singapore’s forests have been in the public eye after stunning drone shots of Clementi Forest went viral. Now, Dover’s lush corridor has seen residents and green groups petition and appeal to authorities to keep it away from the bulldozers. This week, Lin Suling speaks to Ho Hua Chew of the Nature Society (Singapore), NTU Asian Sc…
 
Singapore has been abuzz this week over updates to WhatsApp’s data policy with scores of users turning to alternatives like Telegram and Signal. What’s behind this change, how is it different from previous rounds and what does giving consent really mean in the broader Big Tech world? In this week’s episode, Lin Suling gets answers from Natalie Pang…
 
Developed and manufactured at an unprecedented pace, how did authorities in Singapore ensure safety isn’t compromised amid Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Sinovac’s differing practices and company cultures? How safe are they given news about side effects and anaphylactic reactions? Associate Professor Lim Poh Lian, member of the Expert Committee for C…
 
Fears can be so difficult to overcome; after all, we’re fearful of them for a reason. Yet, life continues to put us in situations that force us to confront them. In our current COVID-19 environment, this particular fear of the unknown has come down upon us, and now more than ever, we need to learn how to cope. In this pilot episode, Wen Chi Chien g…
 
Every year, thousands of 12-year olds and their parents fret for days over a slip of paper they believe will seal their fate for the rest of their lives. But how much do Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) scores and academic achievement matter in the long run? Where does all the stress from PSLE come from? Lin Suling has a no-holds barred co…
 
In October, private home sales fell by 50 per cent. What does that say about the health of the Singapore property market? Have government curbs and cooling measures since 2013 come home to roost? And what are the prospects for the long-term appreciation of property prices? PropNex Realty CEO Ismail Gafoor and NUS Professor of Real Estate Sing Tien …
 
A day after Nov 3, neither Donald Trump nor Joe Biden has been declared the winner in what has been called the most polarised US presidential race in memory. How did America become this 50-50 nation? What are the prospects for the US and the world if either wins? And will the winner be decided by the courts? Lin Suling sits down with Ambassador-at-…
 
Nine months into the COVID-19 pandemic and some countries are working out how to extend foreign travel to more people, with Singapore negotiating a travel bubble agreement with Hong Kong. But what will the experience be like when flights start, and what are the risks? David Bottomley speaks to Dale Fisher, Senior Consultant at NUH and Chair of the …
 
With more people confined to their homes, complaints about second-hand smoke have increased by 20 per cent. The divide is deep on this argument. On the one hand are those who suffer health issues or simple inconvenience when smokers puff by the window. On the other are those who say people should have the right to do what they want at home. Lin Sul…
 
Apple has just launched the new iPhone 12 and fans are excited. We take a hard look at not just the latest phone Apple has rolled out but whether its playbook is looking tired, if 5G is all it is cracked out to be and how the world’s most valuable company can keep making money. Lin Suling speaks to IMD Business School’s LEGO Professor of Management…
 
OCBC's Selena Ling and NUS Business School's Professor Sumit Agarwal share with CNA's Lin Suling their thoughts on the Progressive Wage Model (PWM) and how it differs from a minimum wage. We discuss what more can be done to increase the incomes of this group, raise their productivity and tackle inequality. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy in…
 
With coronavirus community cases tapering down and with Phase 3 of Singapore’s reopening around the corner, is it time to reverse this biggest work-from-home experiment? Lin Suling speaks to EngageRocket CEO Leong Chee Tung and PeopleStrong Practice Leader Adrian Tan to find out why firms are urging workers to return to the office, what exceptions …
 
After launching a series of public engagements on women’s issues in a move towards greater gender equality on Sunday (Sep 20), Home Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam sits down with Lin Suling to talk about gender relations, the law and sexual offences, and women in the workplace. He also gives his take on whether quotas would work and responds t…
 
Amid the latest round of layoffs by Singapore Airlines and other flag airlines around the world, aviation analyst Brendan Sobie and NUS Business School Associate Professor Nitin Pangarkar tell us whether government support has been excessive, how long can they go on for and how aviation titans will need to rethink their futures. See omnystudio.com/…
 
The relationship between foreign domestic workers and their employers has been in the spotlight. How do they and their employers navigate blurred boundaries and bargain the dos and don'ts of work fairly? Lin Suling speaks to Shamsul Kamar, Executive Director at the Centre for Domestic Employees and President of the Association of Employment Agencie…
 
Banking-related phishing scams have spiked more than 2,500 per cent in the first half of 2020 alone in Singapore, with police warning of increasingly sophisticated tactics involving emails, texts and even hacking. Lin Suling speaks to Senior Research Fellow of the Institute of Policy Studies and Vice-Chair of Singapore's Media Literacy Council, Car…
 
In her speech at the opening of parliament, President Halimah Yacob said younger Singaporeans want to discuss issues of race and ethnicity more candidly. How distinct are the views of young people from older generations of Singaporeans? Are we seeing a change in the way Singapore approaches multiculturalism? Lin Suling speaks to the Institute of Po…
 
After seeing one of the deepest recessions in the second quarter, has the Singapore economy bottomed out? What’s the outlook after Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat’s latest S$8 billion stimulus package and four previous Budgets to prevent businesses from collapsing? And which sectors and workers will be impacted most in thi…
 
As Singapore stares down its worst economic performance on record, Lin Suling speaks to NTUC Assistant Secretary-General Patrick Tay and Managing Director of the Economic Development Board Chng Kai Fong to find out how Singapore can remain competitive in attracting investments and what it means to preserve a “Singapore core” in these tough times. T…
 
Singapore and Malaysia are ready to lift some entry restrictions and reopen travel via the Periodic Commuting Arrangement and Reciprocal Green Lane. Lin Suling speaks to Assistant CEO for Global Business at the Singapore Business Federation Darius Lim and Visiting Fellow at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute Dr Serina Rahman to understand the disrupti…
 
Moderna, Pfizer and over 100 pharmaceutical firms and research institutes are racing towards developing the first coronavirus vaccine. Lin Suling speaks to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Jacqueline Ying-Ru Lo and Duke-NUS Medical School's Professor Ooi Eng Eong who is involved in human trials in Singapore, to find out when and how a vaccine …
 
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