This week, Kirsten Han invites us to lunch with Singapore’s Old Left, Mike Tatarski looks at the effects of Vietnam’s booming tourism industry, PJ Thum talks to Cambodian feminist Eng Chandy, and James Rose reflects upon efforts to clean up Thailand’s fishing industry.
Singapore’s Vandalism Act (1966) was designed, from the beginning, as a political tool to humiliate those who fight to exercise their right to free speech and political expression.
PJ Thum explains the contours of the dispute between the Lee family siblings and why Lee Kuan Yew’s Oxley Road house matters so much to them.
With Singapore’s first racially reserved Presidential election looming, historian Thum Ping Tjin observes that the government’s much vaunted “Chinese-Malay-Indian-Others” model of managing race has historically increased racial tension and strife. So why do they cling to it?
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?