#347 ft. Rishi Budhrani - Uni grads’ pay double that of ITE & mother bans child from eating birthday cake in school

Dec. 5, 2022

Mother bans child from eating birthday cake in school 'You sound like such a fun mum': Netizens riled up over mum who forbids child from eating birthday cakes in preschool | asiaone Find Rishi here! Instagram TikTok Esquire …

#346 - Temasek to review “disappointing” FTX investment & Will Smith polarises opinion

Dec. 3, 2022

In parliament, DPM Lawrence Wong revealed that Temasek will launch an internal review into its FTX investment, and also characterised the loss as “disappointing”. Was that statement enough to ease the public pressure on the …

#346 - Temasek to review “disappointing” FTX investment & Will Smith polarises opinion

Dec. 2, 2022

In parliament, DPM Lawrence Wong revealed that Temasek will launch an internal review into its FTX investment, and also characterised the loss as “disappointing”. Was that statement enough to ease the public pressure on the …

#345 - Pritam Singh lifts party whip on 377A & Balenciaga’s bondage bears scandal

Nov. 30, 2022

At this week’s parliamentary debate on the repeal of Section 377A, the Leader of the Opposition Pritam Singh lifted the party whip to allow Workers' Party MPs to vote freely on their conscience regarding the touchy subject. …

#344 - Covid protests spread across China & Shanmugam deadlifts 125kg at event

Nov. 28, 2022

Chinese citizens are taking to the streets in major cities across the country, in an unprecedented protest against the government’s Covid-zero policy and prolonged lockdowns. We discuss the significance of these protests, an…

Singaporeans want $6K a month to retire “in style” & Haidilao offers performance-based discount for PSLE students

Nov. 25, 2022

An OCBC report revealed that young Singaporeans want to retire “in style”, which translates to $6K in expenses a month. We dissect the results and other surprising statistics about Singaporeans’ relationship with money. Else…

#342 - Malaysia king to decide on next PM & Singapore might soon have an extra 1.5 hours of quiet everyday

Nov. 23, 2022

After the latest General Election, Malaysia is facing a hung parliament for the first time ever, with two rival factions tussling for power. The king has been tasked with the tough decision of selecting the new PM. We go thr…

#341 - Minister Alvin Tan on why he has no regrets entering politics, ministerial salaries, and Ronaldo’s interview

Nov. 21, 2022

It’s a special episode today, where Alvin Tan, Minister of State for the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, and the Ministry of Trade & Industry, dropped by the YLB studio for a frank conversation that went deep. He o…

#340 - Twitter Singapore layoffs & Orchard Road buskers not allowed to perform during holiday season

Nov. 19, 2022

Ex-employees of Twitter Singapore have come forward with accounts of how the layoffs at their office were handled, and it’s not a good look for the social media giant. How did the process compare to other recent Big Tech lay…

#339 - Expat blasts ‘racist’ condo security guards & Ronaldo drops bombshell interview

Nov. 17, 2022

A British expat recently took to social media to blast his condo security guards as “racist” for their differential treatment of his migrant worker colleagues who were invited to his place for a party. He even added that Sin…

#338 - The collapse of FTX & Qatar World Cup ambassador calls homosexuality ’damage in the mind’

Nov. 15, 2022

The crypto ecosystem experienced another massive shakeup this week when one of the world’s largest crypto exchanges, FTX, unexpectedly went bankrupt. We discuss how Singapore is linked to FTX’s collapse, and what lessons can…

#337 - New SG law to block harmful content on social media & podcasters slammed for justifying cheating

Nov. 11, 2022

This past week, a new law that will require social media sites to block harmful content 'within hours' was passed by Parliament. Furthermore, if the platforms do not comply, the IMDA can get Internet service providers to blo…

#336 - Survey exposes downsides of food delivery & Twitter ex-CEO Jack Dorsey apologises

Nov. 7, 2022

Last week, IPS released the results of a survey of 1,002 food delivery workers that highlighted the vulnerabilities of delivery work; low pay, long working hours and lack of medical benefits were just a few of the issues tha…

#335 - Elon Musk takes over Twitter & IKEA threatens to sue horror game developer

Nov. 2, 2022

In the past week, the tech world has been shaken by Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter and his first actions as CEO. We go through the sequence of events leading up to this momentous week, and speculate on what’s to come for…

#334 - Halloween tragedy at Itaewon & T.Rex in Singapore before “harmful” auction

Oct. 31, 2022

This past weekend, over 150 partygoers perished during a crowd crush that happened during Halloween festivities in the Seoul clubbing district, Itaewon. We discuss whether the authorities should be culpable when an unfortuna…

#333 - Singaporeans ghosting while dating & ”Milkshake” singer Kelis gets her hair fondled

Oct. 28, 2022

A recent study by women-first dating app Bumble revealed that 3 in 5 Singaporean singles have ghosted or been ghosted in their dating history. The differences between Millennials and Gen Y respondents in attitudes towards gh…

#332 - Rishi Sunak becomes UK PM & Richard Branson invited to debate with Shanmugam

Oct. 25, 2022

Coinciding with Deepavali festivities around the world, Rishi Sunak won the race to lead the Conservative Party, and therefore to become the UK’s first ever British Asian PM. How are Indians around the world feeling about th…

#331 - Studies shows SG residents’ support for death penalty & Asian Civilisations Museum’s Cambodian antiquities under scrutiny

Oct. 21, 2022

The Ministry of Home Affairs recently released 3 full studies on the death penalty, one of which found that 73% of Singapore residents believed that some form of death penalty was an appropriate punishment for drug trafficki…

#330 - Lawrence Wong highlights “hands-on” and “heart” work & IMDA bans local film #LookAtMe

Oct. 19, 2022

In his speech at the Singapore Economic Policy Forum, Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence Wong pointed out that the Singapore economy places too much emphasis on cognitive abilities – “head” work – and does not equally value thos…

#329 - Man jailed in Felicia Teo case & fake Esplanade concert tickets on Carousell

Oct. 17, 2022

The long-running missing person case of Felicia Teo that started in 2007 has finally reached a resolution; one of the men, initially accused of her murder, has instead been sentenced to jail for several other charges, includ…

#328 - Vogue magazine gets warning for breaching content guidelines & OnlyFans creator Titus Low sentenced to jail

Oct. 14, 2022

Vogue Singapore, a fashion magazine, was slapped with a stern warning for breaching local content guidelines, and has had its permit shortened from one year to 6 months. Is this move by the authorities justified? Elsewhere, …

#327 - Singapore Airlines stops forcing pregnant flight attendants to quit & half of Singaporean singles not dating

Oct. 11, 2022

Aaaaand we're back! In a reversal of a long-criticised policy, Singapore Airlines’ flight attendants will no longer be forced to quit after giving birth. We discuss how this archaic rule has lasted till 2022, and how it will…

#326 - Queen Elizabeth II dies & SAF sets up Lazada store

Sept. 9, 2022

Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, has died at the age of 96. While tributes and condolences from world leaders pour in, we discuss why there’ve been some negative responses as well. Closer to home, the …

#325 - Shopee draws flak for pulling job offers & Prima Deli leaves customer cheesed off

Sept. 3, 2022

Shopee is in the news for pulling job offers for positions at its Singapore HQ, including one for a Chinese engineer who had already relocated here with his family to take up a new role. Was there any way they could have han…