Musician and activist Subhas Nair talks about his new album, Tabula Rasa/Tak Boleh Rasa, its complex commentary of politics and society, and his decision to only sell his music via Telegram.
Jolene Tan, author of “After the Inquiry”, a new novel on censorship, propaganda, idealism, and everyday complicity in authoritarianism in Singapore, discusses with PJ Thum what her novel reveals about 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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wendy Low and Terence Soon, the newly appointed heads of the Progress Singapore Party’s new Women’s and Youth Wings respectively, talk to PJ Thum about the Youth Wing and its relationship to the party as a whole. They also discuss the challenges to creating a more diverse PSP, especially with regard to women and youth.
Wendy Low and Terence Soon, the newly appointed heads of the Progress Singapore Party’s new Women’s and Youth Wings respectively, talk to PJ Thum about why they decided to join politics, what they hope to achieve, their values and vision for Singapore, and the challenges of establishing their respective wings.
PJ Thum reflects on GE2020, outlines three major ideologies which underpin People’s Action Party (PAP) governance in Singapore, uses the Worker’s Party as a case study of how an opposition party has positioned itself in relation to these ideologies, and challenges the Progress Singapore Party (and all other political parties) to articulate a coherent alternative.