New Naratif empowers Southeast Asians by giving them the information and tools to be fully engaged and participatory citizens.

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Reporting In! 1 October 2019 to 31 March 2020

We believe in openness and transparency. As a matter of principle, we share how we’ve been doing, from the amount of content we’ve published to the state of our finances. Here's our report from the Oct 2019 - Mar 2020 (with accounts from Apr 2019 - Mar 2020).
  • New Naratif
journalism

Highlights

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The Serpent Seekers of North Java

Catching snakes for their skin used to be a lucrative business in North Java. Now, with imports of snakes increasingly banned abroad and the use of buffalo hide as a substitute, snake catchers in Indonesia may soon have to find other sources of income.
  • Iqbal Kusumadirezza
journalism
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Down and Out in Bandung’s Dollar City

In the 1960s, Bandung experienced a textile boom that brought prosperity and jobs to the area. In the present day, locals complain of endemic pollution and health problems linked to unscrupulous factories dumping their waste in the city’s waterways.
  • Adi Renaldi
  • Iqbal Kusumadirezza
journalism

Doth Indonesia Protest Too Much?

Aisyah Llewellyn talks to Damai Pakpahan and Dr. Ian Wilson about the recent protests, the historical background and impact of demonstrations in Indonesia, and what the future may bring with the upcoming regional elections.
  • Aisyah Llewellyn
podcast

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The Elected Presidency and the Political Economy of Race in Singapore

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?
  • Thum Ping Tjin
video

Regardless of Race, Language or Religion...

Singapore’s long-cultivated image of being colour-blind meets its greatest challenger with the country’s first racially-predetermined presidential election.
  • Kirsten Han
journalism

Poor People Don’t Like Oats Either

How we imagine people—their capacities, values, and moral worth—shapes how we treat them. The myths, imaginations, and assumptions about poverty, wealth, welfare, and wellbeing in contemporary Singapore are important to confront because they affect how people are oriented to each other in society, how problems are defined and consequently how they are dealt with or overlooked.
  • Teo You Yenn
research

The Myth of the Malaysian Dream

Sabah and Sarawak’s long journey to autonomy is one which even its proponents say is doomed to failure.
  • Clarence Chua
journalism

Myths and Facts: Migrant Workers in Singapore

Singapore, as a society, is not able to properly comprehend, let alone address, the precise problems facing migrant workers, because of three pervasive myths about low-wage temporary migrant workers.
  • Charan Bal
research

Malay Wedding

Malaysian cartoonist Adi Nazri takes a look at the dos and don'ts of a traditional Malay wedding for a modern-day couple.
  • Adi Nazri
comic

Tanpa Menghiraukan Ras, Bahasa atau Agama

Citra Singapura yang telah lama dibudidayakan sebagai negara yang buta warna, menemui tantangan terbesarnya dengan pemilihan presiden pertama dimana kedudukan posisi tersebut sudah di tentukan sebelumnya.
  • Kirsten Han
  • Dewi Fitzpatrick
journalism

Mitos Impian Malaysia

Perjalanan panjang Sabah dan Sarawak menuju otonomi adalah sesuatu yang diyakini oleh para pendukungnya sekalipun untuk gagal.
  • Clarence Chua
journalism

Maze and Minefield: Reflections on Multiculturalism in Singapore

To work on multiculturalism in Singapore is to wander in a wondrous maze of diversities and their limitless combinations and exchanges. However, it is also to walk into a minefield of complexity, challenge and conflict in which one can easily get confused and lost, encounter misunderstanding and misjudgement, and experience uncertainty and anxiety.
  • Lai Ah Eng
research

Justifying Colonial Rule in Post-Colonial Singapore

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?
  • Thum Ping Tjin
research

Rethinking Race: Beyond the CMIO Categorisations

In emphasising racial differences, we are also denying our commonality as members of the same nation. Being Chinese, Malay or Indian, means that we cannot just be Singaporean.
  • Laavanya Kathiravelu
research