Singaporeans go to the polls on 10th July. Here’s an explainer to get you up to speed on the big picture and what’s at stake in the Singapore General Elections.
Misinformation has been circulating within Singaporean circles during the COVID-19 outbreak, especially within closed messaging apps like WhatsApp. Yet the country’s anti-“fake news” law is of limited use in tackling false narratives within these spaces.
While the Singapore government has approached the fight against COVID-19 with characteristic bureaucratic efficiency, the outbreak has highlighted vulnerabilities and deeper issues in Singaporean society.
Tensions have simmered, with occasional eruptions, between Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his younger siblings for years. It’s a family squabble that has brought much embarrassment to Singaporeans watching from the sidelines, but this fight shouldn’t just be seen as a domestic affair.
A recording of a conversation between sociologist and author of This Is What Inequality Looks Like, Teo You Yenn, and New Naratif’s Editor-in-Chief, Kirsten Han, about their writing process, and what it’s like to do the work they do in Singapore.
Over the past decade, Singapore’s LGBT rights rally Pink Dot evolved from fluffy picnic gathering into a protest movement (albeit with Singaporean characteristics). But is this enough to bring change in a country dominated by a political party unwilling to budge?
Pink Dot, Singapore’s annual LGBT rights rally, began in 2009. Aware of sociopolitical concerns, the organisers proceeded carefully. The choices they’ve made highlight the tough balance between pushing boundaries and “living to fight another day”.
In Singapore, young people have stepped up to take action, whether it’s pressuring their university to reform its sexual harassment policies, or take part in organising the country’s first ever climate rally. What is the the role of youth activism in society? What is the state of student activism in Singapore?
Victoria Milko visits refugee camps on the Myanmar-Bangladesh border around the two-year anniversary of an exodus of Rohingya from Myanmar, Kelly Anissa speaks to Malaysian students protesting against their university’s involvement in a problematic event, and Kirsten Han reflects on the state of dissent and activism in Singapore.
Malaysian Pannir Selvam was granted a stay of execution just one day before he was due to hang in Singapore. It’s given his family hope, but Singapore’s capital punishment regime for drug offences is about more than just individual families.