npTribune

Community Service Counts … In More Ways Than One

By Melissa Chang As we approach the end of our polytechnic education, university applications weigh heavy on the minds of many Year Three students. We begin to look at our grades and portfolios, wondering if we’re good enough to be admitted to our school of choice. The paranoia is reasonable, since polytechnic students have it […]

Read More

#No Such Thing As Bad Activism

by Denise Wong Social media is more than just a platform for vanity selfies and daily heated rants. It is now a stage for people to stand up for what they believe in and to demand change for the better. This form of contemporary activism is in every way as legitimate as its traditional counterpart […]

Read More

Good Films Finish Last

by Ian Ng You will be hard-pressed to find a “greatest movies” list without Citizen Kane on it. The masterpiece that shaped modern cinema received glowing reviews but failed miserably at the box office. Citizen Kane is not alone. Almost Famous, the film that highly respected movie critic Roger Ebert called the best film of […]

Read More

Where’s The Kampung Spirit?

by Nur Ardillah Zulkifli In the days when colour television was regarded as a luxury item, families from the same kampung would huddle together in front of a 14-inch television screen at their neighbour’s house. My father could not have watched how his favourite football team, West Germany, triumphed over Holland during the final match […]

Read More

Degree or No Degree

by Claudia Tan After taking my O-Levels, I was given the option of going to a junior college or a polytechnic. I chose the latter while many of my peers chose the former. My mother, a homemaker, was supportive in whatever decision I made. My father? He protested. Loudly. He knew that it would be […]

Read More

Giving Cash to Strangers – A Worrying Trend

by Daniel Chan Imagine solar roadways that would ensure no more power shortages, no more roaming power outages, and no more need to burn coal. All-electric vehicles will be allowed to recharge anywhere, such as at rest stops and parking lots, and internal combustion engines would become obsolete. Our dependency on oil would come to […]

Read More

Disconnect to Connect

by Heng Hui Mei I dislike the distracted look my friends always give me after checking their phones or peering up from their tablets. Their eyes will dart about the place, clearly showing that they have not been paying attention to what I have been saying. They are more interested in using their phones than […]

Read More

Better Healthy than Sorry

by Amalina Haris Many, especially the pioneer generation, continue to voice their concerns about the MediShield Life Review Committee’s announcement of increase in premiums to support additional costs. Anything related to health and medical fees would concern the pioneer generation naturally, especially since they’re the group of people that prioritises health, given that they’re in […]

Read More

The Importance of Stupid Questions

by Angela Low “Can anyone name a government policy?” quizzes the tutor. Silence. The classroom is inappropriately incandescent at 9am. While the Monday blues are hard at work, our minds find repose in the fluffy pillows back home. Mrs Koh repeats her question to the students, who have abruptly taken special interest in the plain […]

Read More