BT's Daily 3 (Full Stories)
WE all know about the Emperor's new clothes. Where a vain royal dude struts out in a fine suit only visible to those of certain standing and sophistication, until a kid blurts out that the king is actually stark naked.
IN most affluent societies, an increasing proportion of the population tends to be overweight or obese and hence it is not surprising that weight loss has become a common desire for many, both for aesthetic and medical reasons.
WITH a booth promoting plush furs in the foyer, and interviews with upscale designers on their exotic-skin accessories and jewel-encrusted trinkets, the idea of fashion with a conscience seemed to be the last thing on the minds of participants at the recent SEA Of Luxury Conference.
Observers say taxes may be raised in the next couple of years - with more falling on the wealthier - to ensure that the long-term healthcare, housing and infrastructure initiatives announced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in his National Day Rally can be paid for.