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The Substation and the Control of the Arts in Singapore

T. Sasitharan, former Artistic Director of The Substation (1996-2000) talks about its controversial eviction and impending closure, and broader problems with how the arts are controlled, funded, and censored in Singapore (to the country's impoverishment).
  • Thum Ping Tjin
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“Don’t Go to Work”: Fundraising for Myanmar’s Revolution

Anti-coup labour strikes have set off a war of attrition in Myanmar. Will the junta succumb to economic deprivation before the Civil Disobedience Movement crumbles under military violence? Ad hoc fundraisers are fuelling the pro-democracy movement.
  • Jacob Goldberg
journalism

The Tudung Debate: A Muslim Woman's Perspective

Nur Friday talks to PJ and Sean about the ongoing controversy over Muslim women in frontline public sector roles not being allowed to wear the tudung, and in particular about the lack of female Muslim representation in policy making.
  • Thum Ping Tjin
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How Singaporeans Can Help the People of Myanmar

Singapore holds considerable economic leverage over Myanmar’s generals. Vanessa Chong of Fortify Rights says Singapore must block the Myanmar military’s access to funds that finance their crimes, and Singaporeans must support the Civil Disobedience Movement.
  • Vanessa Chong
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Waiting, Watching, Caring

As hospitals in Indonesia struggle to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, a family faces their own challenges seeking healthcare.
  • Stephani Soejono
comic

Undi18: Malaysian Youth Fight to Lower the Voting Age

On this episode of Southeast Asia Dispatches, Deborah Augustin speaks to Lim Wei Jiet, one of the co-founders of the Malaysian United Democratic Alliance, Malaysia’s first youth-driven political party, about their thoughts on this voting age controversy, the challenges the party has faced in getting registered, and the political climate for young politicians in Malaysia.
  • Kelly Anissa
  • Deborah Augustin
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Imagining Other Futures

Kokila Annamalai talks about her life, her work and the theory and practice of activism: movement building, non-violent and restorative cultures, and community organising. She also discusses the death penalty, drug policy, and the legal/justice system.
  • Thum Ping Tjin
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Artists Respond: Myanmar Fights for Democracy

Seven creators reflect on the struggles and hopes of the ongoing pro-democracy protests in Myanmar.
  • Thu Ra Kyaw
  • Mayyu Ali
  • Sharon Chin
  • Black Art
  • Ahmad Zaldarriaga Sadain
  • Kevin Hlaing
comic

Our Mothers’ Land: Women Resist the Privatisation of Nature

Deborah Augustin speaks to Febriana Firdaus and Leo Plunkett about their recent documentary, Our Mother’s Land. Febriana and Leo talk about their experience with this film and share their thoughts on the challenges women activists face in Indonesia when it comes to environmental activism.
  • Kelly Anissa
  • Deborah Augustin
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The Youth Leaders of Singapore's Youngest Political Party

Liyana Dhamirah, head of Red Dot United's (RDU) Youth Wing, and Elijah Tay, the party's youngest member at just 19 years old, talk to PJ and Sean about why they decided to join politics, building RDU, and housing, inequality, and education policy in Singapore.
  • New Naratif
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Indigenous Women Resist Indonesia’s Sweet Tooth Evictions

From colonial tobacco plantations to state sugar interests, indigenous farmers in one North Sumatran village have faced recurring evictions and displacement. Indonesia’s drive to become sugar self-sufficient has left them homeless again.
  • Tonggo Simangunsong
  • Nadya Noor
journalism

Empowering Refugee Youth Through Education

Htoi San Nhkum, director of the Kachin Refugee Learning Center, and Abeera Abdullah, a Fugee School alumni and the co-founder of Project Stand Up, talk about their educational experience in learning centres here in Malaysia and the impact the pandemic has had on the informal education system for refugee children.
  • Jaw Tu Hkawng
  • Emily Fishbein
  • Deborah Augustin
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The Angel of the Transgender Community

June Chua, founder of The T Project, Singapore's first transgender shelter, joins PJ Thum and Sean Francis Han to talk about her life, her activism, and the state of transgender rights and social services in Singapore.
  • Thum Ping Tjin
podcast

The False Scarcity in Singapore's Meritocracy

Meritocracy is marketed as a system for the management of scarce resources but is in fact the imposition and justification for scarcity. This article examines university education in Singapore as the prime site for the production of meritocratic ideology and considers the consequences more generally on the Singapore polity.
  • Stefano Harney
  • Adriena Fong
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Wanita Tanpa Dokumen Takut Ditangkap Semasa Hamil Di Malaysia

Kos yang tinggi dan ancaman penahanan telah lama menjadi penghalang kepada akses penjagaan kesihatan ibu dari golongan pendatang, pelarian dan pencari suaka tanpa dokumen. Pandemik COVID-19 telah menambahkan lagi risiko yang dihadapi oleh para ibu dan anak-anak.
  • Emily Fishbein
  • Jaw Tu Hkawng
  • Ang Hui Qing
  • Tina Carmillia
journalism
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In Malaysia, Undocumented Women Fear Arrest During Pregnancy

High costs and fear of arrest have long stood in the way of maternal healthcare access for undocumented migrants, refugees and asylum seekers. The COVID-19 pandemic has put mothers and babies further at risk.
  • Emily Fishbein
  • Jaw Tu Hkawng
  • Ang Hui Qing
journalism

A Deep Dive Into Indonesia's Human Rights Anthem

Dwitri Amalia speaks to Cholil Mahmud, the lead vocalist and guitarist of Efek Rumah Kaca, about using their music to advocate against regressive policies, and the role of art and music in a democracy.
  • New Naratif
  • Dwitri Amalia
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Youth Betrayed: Reflections on the 2017 MRT Protest

Sean Francis Han talks with PJ Thum about his role in the 2017 MRT protest commemorating the 30th anniversary of Operation Spectrum, why he chose to take part, and how it transformed his life. We stand in solidarity with Jolovan Wham.
  • Thum Ping Tjin
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Why Is It Difficult to Organise Around Class in Malaysia?

Despite the drastic rise of global inequality, left-wing parties continue to struggle to build class solidarity which transcends ethnic nationalism. Audi Ali looks at the historic and local factors in Malaysia that make class solidarity difficult to achieve.
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  • Audi Ali
  • Amita Sevellaraja
research

Myanmar Activist: We Want Our Own Script

Amid the anti-coup protests in Myanmar, activist Thinzar Shunlei Yi went into hiding to avoid arrest. After years spent protesting her country’s military, she explains why current demonstrations must do more than just restore civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
  • Jacob Goldberg
journalism