About Us

theindependent.sg, TISG for short, brings independent perspective on news and current affairs in Singapore. Started on the 9th of August 2013, the news website brings in-depth perspective and analysis on current affairs, economics and politics in Singapore.

TISG boasts more than a million readers a month and it’s expanding its footprint into Asia and Australiasia.

Kumaran M. Pillai – Publisher & Editor-in-chief

Kumaran is a serial entrepreneur with more than 17 years of business experience spanning the ICT and media industries.

In 2008, he won the Global ISA Award in Silicon Valley for his pioneering work in big data and predictive algorithms. He says that he was in fintech even before it it was called fintech.

His foray into publishing was after his short stint with TOC as Chief Editor in 2012.

Kumaran is currently running a venture accelerator which incubates and nurtures young startups in ASEAN.

Kumaran is also on the board of several companies and is concurrently the CEO of Apple Seed Pte Ltd, a high-tech venture accelerator in Singapore.

Tan Bah Bah – Consulting Editor

Bah Bah is old enough to have used the telex, telegram, public phone before the explosion of mobile tablets and phones, journalist Tan Bah Bah can’t wait now to talk to the wall or work on air. Anything is possible in communication – and journalism. Bah Bah started as a film reviewer for the iconic Fanfare magazine for $20 a piece (bus fare not claimable). In between (the journey is far from ending), he has been a newspaper (what’s that?) reporter, editorial and feature writer, motoring writer, columnist, managing editor of a publishing company and a copy editor for SINGAPORE: The Encyclopedia.

His hobbies are films, collecting sorts of leather and compiling quotes from the most unlikely sources. His life motto is: What’s the problem?

Kazi Mahmood – Editor, theindependent.asia

Cordoba Ali – Political Commentator, Malaysia

Suresh Nair – Sports Columnist