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Heart of the Matter

Heart of the Matter

You know the headlines. Now take a deeper dive into the Heart of the Matter with CNA each week as we talk to newsmakers and experts who give us their take on the some of the most talked about news developments.

Heart of the Matter - S3E15: What will it take for the ambitious Healthier SG plan to work?

A nationwide health plan aims to fundamentally shift the way we look at healthcare in Singapore. But what burdens will general practitioners have to bear, will costs go up and will people's behaviour change? Steven Chia speaks to Professor Benjamin Ong, former Director of Medical Services at the Ministry of Health, Dr Raymond Ong, from Doctor Anywhere and Dr Chua Hshan Cher, medical director at

20/10/2022 34 mins

Heart of the Matter - S3E14: Can Singapore’s red-hot property market be cooled ?

The latest round of property cooling measures announced in Singapore has raised questions about affordability, and whether an HDB flat is for home ownership or an asset. Host Steven Chia is joined by Chua Beng Huat, Professor of Social Sciences (Urban Studies) at Yale-NUS College,  Walter Theseira, Associate Professor of Economics at the Singapore University of Social Sciences and property agent

13/10/2022 26 mins

Heart of the Matter - S3E13: Is the mental health care system in Singapore overwhelmed?

Long wait times, the big difference in cost between private and public services and a lack of trained professionals are some critical issues facing us as we tackle mental health issues. Otelli Edwards speaks to Dr Soo Shuenn Chiang, head of psychiatry at Alexandra Hospital and senior consultant at NUH , Asher Low, executive director at Limitless, a non-profit organisation that works with young

06/10/2022 29 mins

Heart of the Matter - S3E12: Shopee job cuts: Are tech companies in trouble?

Big names like Netflix, Paypal and Tesla have either shed jobs or cooled on offers. At home, the conglomerate Sea Limited has run into rough waters with management suspending salaries. What's going on? Has growth at all costs come home to roost and what does this mean for tech jobs in Singapore? Otelli Edwards speaks to Yorlin Ng, chief operating officer of Momentum Works and assistant professor

29/09/2022 29 mins

Heart of the Matter - S3E11: Hunt for global talent: Why can't Singaporeans fill top jobs?

The new Overseas Networks & Expertise Pass (ONE Pass) plans to draw rainmakers globally. How is it different from other visas? Why do we need such talent now and how will they help Singaporean workers? Steven Chia gets answers from Manpower Minister Tan See Leng, co-founder of Carousell, Marcus Tan and Jaya Dass, managing director of Permanent Recruitment in Asia Pacific at Randstad.

22/09/2022 37 mins