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Heart of the Matter

Heart of the Matter - S1: Is it time to go after smokers who light up near the windows of their homes?

Heart of the Matter
22 Oct 2020 04:05PM
26 mins

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 Suling speaks to Member of Parliament Louis Ng who is lobbying for legislation and Dr Yvette van der Eijk from the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health who gives a public health perspective.

Heart of the Matter - S1: PSLE results: Three working adults confront its impact and other surprising revelations years later

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 conversation with Rae Fung, Marvin Kang and Jonathan Teo on how their results shaped their journeys in life.

26/11/2020 30 mins

Heart of the Matter - S1: The Singapore property market: Is it changing for good?

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 Foo share their outlook for the housing market beyond 2020.

19/11/2020 31 mins

Heart of the Matter - S1: How Malaysians are getting through a never-ending fight with COVID-19

Despite an early Movement Control Order and other restrictions earlier this year, Malaysia's infection numbers have surged this month. This prompted another round of restrictions, with schools shut and Malaysians hunkering down. Lin Suling speaks to Tho Xin Yi in Kuala Lumpur, Serina Rahman in Johor and Dr Khor Swee Kheng in Sabah to find out how Malaysians are coping and what's next in the country's battle with coronavirus.

12/11/2020 34 mins

Heart of the Matter - S1: US election: A bitter fight for the soul of the world's most powerful nation

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-Large Chan Heng Chee and Managing Director of BowerGroupAsia James Carouso to break it all down.

05/11/2020 30 mins

Heart of the Matter - S1: The cautious opening of international borders: Will going on an overseas holiday be practical and safe?

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 WHO Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network, and Borame Dickens, Senior Research Fellow at the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health.

29/10/2020 23 mins