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Setia Dan Bakti, or Loyalty and Service

Setia Dan Bakti, or Loyalty and Service Author(s): “Has he said anything yet?” the senior officer asked, pacing across his office, blowing another cloud of clove-filled smoke from the haul of kretek he had confiscated from the Javanese smuggler two weeks ago. The room was clean and sparse, and the officer’s clear desk showed he was a meticulous man who set an example for his subordinates. He liked to punish

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Truth Be Told

Truth Be Told Author(s): Ahmad is slowing down. As a driver, as a man. It is time for him to go. Has been, for a while. I am too kind, he tells me. They all say it. It is true. Earlier I had lowered the window so that I could hear the songbirds at the corner bird shop next to Hulu Temple. The blast of air is still warm and

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Hope of a Better Age

Hope of a Better Age Author(s): “Mata lai liao! Mata lai liao!” Shouts come from the back of the open space at Beauty World. Murmurs break out in the crowd, and she feels them pulsate urgently around her. This whole space is young, and yet it already feels familiar. On stage, Lim Chin Siong’s speech continues, urgently denouncing the current Chief Minister of Singapore. The crowd is halfway to a

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Preface to “A Malayan Vision,” a Portfolio of Stories Involving Lim Chin Siong

Preface to “A Malayan Vision,” a Portfolio of Stories Involving Lim Chin Siong Author(s): Illustration: Lim Chin Siong is the most important figure of Singapore’s decolonisation struggle. By Lee Kuan Yew’s own admission, without Lim, the People’s Action Party (PAP) could not have accessed both the Chinese-speaking and the working-class spheres with anywhere near the level of success that it did. Lim and his colleagues were the fundamental reason why

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