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The Duterte Playbook

The “War on Drugs” waged over a year now by Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte is not about addressing drug crime at all. It’s the use of violence for political control and it’s happened before—in Davao City.

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Malay in the Modern World

Singaporean cartoonist James Tan’s unnamed fictional protagonist explores what it means to be a Malay in the modern world.

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New Naratif—A Platform for Southeast Asia

New Naratif’s Editor-in-Chief Kirsten Han on why we need you to join us in creating space for Southeast Asia and Southeast Asians to speak for ourselves.

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What is a New Naratif?

How did the name New Naratif come about? Our Managing Director Thum Ping Tjin shares its origin story.

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Regardless of Race, Language or Religion…

Singapore’s long-cultivated image of being colour-blind meets its greatest challenger with the country’s first racially-predetermined presidential election.

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Poor People Don’t Like Oats Either

How we imagine people—their capacities, values, and moral worth—shapes how we treat them. The myths, imaginations, and assumptions about poverty, wealth, welfare, and wellbeing in contemporary Singapore are important to confront because they affect how people are oriented to each other in society, how problems are defined and consequently how they are dealt with or overlooked.

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The Myth of the Malaysian Dream

Sabah and Sarawak’s long journey to autonomy is one which even its proponents say is doomed to failure.

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Myths and Facts: Migrant Workers in Singapore

Singapore, as a society, is not able to properly comprehend, let alone address, the precise problems facing migrant workers, because of three pervasive myths about low-wage temporary migrant workers.

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A History of Malay Singaporeans in Ten Objects

Malay identity is vast, multifaceted and diverse, but you wouldn’t know it from the recent controversial debates over the Presidential election.

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Tanpa Menghiraukan Ras, Bahasa atau Agama

Citra Singapura yang telah lama dibudidayakan sebagai negara yang buta warna, menemui tantangan terbesarnya dengan pemilihan presiden pertama dimana kedudukan posisi tersebut sudah di tentukan sebelumnya.

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Mitos Impian Malaysia

Perjalanan panjang Sabah dan Sarawak menuju otonomi adalah sesuatu yang diyakini oleh para pendukungnya sekalipun untuk gagal.

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Maze and Minefield: Reflections on Multiculturalism in Singapore

To work on multiculturalism in Singapore is to wander in a wondrous maze of diversities and their limitless combinations and exchanges. However, it is also to walk into a minefield of complexity, challenge and conflict in which one can easily get confused and lost, encounter misunderstanding and misjudgement, and experience uncertainty and anxiety.

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Justifying Colonial Rule in Post-Colonial Singapore

Both the British colonial government and the post-independence People’s Action Party government have used the same three myths to justify their policies. But how true are these myths?

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Rethinking Race: Beyond the CMIO Categorisations

In emphasising racial differences, we are also denying our commonality as members of the same nation. Being Chinese, Malay or Indian, means that we cannot just be Singaporean.