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The Substation and the Control of the Arts in 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).
  • Thum Ping Tjin
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“Don’t Go to Work”: Fundraising for Myanmar’s Revolution

Anti-coup labour strikes have set off a war of attrition in Myanmar. Will the junta succumb to economic deprivation before the Civil Disobedience Movement crumbles under military violence? Ad hoc fundraisers are fuelling the pro-democracy movement.
  • Jacob Goldberg
journalism

The Tudung Debate: A Muslim Woman's Perspective

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.
  • Thum Ping Tjin
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How Singaporeans Can Help the People of Myanmar

Singapore holds considerable economic leverage over Myanmar’s generals. Vanessa Chong of Fortify Rights says Singapore must block the Myanmar military’s access to funds that finance their crimes, and Singaporeans must support the Civil Disobedience Movement.
  • Vanessa Chong
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Apa itu MA63? Dan Kenapa ia Penting Bagi Sabah dan Sarawak

Di bawah Perjanjian Malaysia 1963, Sabah dan Sarawak adalah rakan sekutu bekas Persekutuan Tanah Melayu, tetapi kedudukan ini telah terhakis. Penerangan berikut akan menjelaskan erti asal usul perjanjian ini dan kenapa ia penting dilaksanakan.
  • Vila Somiah
  • Timothy James
  • Tina Carmillia
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Notes From a Changi Jail

Jolovan Wham, the well known Singaporean human rights defender and activist, talks to PJ Thum about his most recent stint in jail for civil disobedience. They discuss Singapore’s arbitrary laws, his experience with jail, issues with the criminal justice system, and why he is advocating for prison reform.
  • Thum Ping Tjin
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Berpulang Tanpa Perayaan

Pandemi turut menimbulkan riak bagi tatanan sosial budaya masyarakat Batak. Berbagai ritual kematian sakral—yang dapat berlangsung berhari-hari dan dihadiri ratusan orang—kini harus turut disiasati.
  • Tonggo Simangunsong
journalism
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An Absence of Adat

In North Sumatra, Indonesia, Batak culture has strong, distinct rituals around death known as adat. But during the COVID-19 pandemic, these customs have had to be adapted. Is Batak adat in the midst of a cultural sea change?
  • Tonggo Simangunsong
journalism

Will COVID-19 Change the Way We Protest?

On this week's episode of Southeast Asia Dispatches, Deborah Augustin speaks to Danaletchumi Langaswaran, an activist, and Juana Jaafar, a women’s human rights advocate working in the field of communications. They discuss protesting during a pandemic, the obstacles they face and what this means for advocacy and activism moving forward.
  • Deborah Augustin
  • Kelly Anissa
podcast

Political Attitudes in Singapore

In August, Wake Up Singapore conducted a survey of Singaporeans' social and political attitudes, with some surprising and some not-so-surprising results. In Part two of his conversation with PJ Thum, WakeUpSG Editor-in-Chief Sean Francis Han discusses the results which intrigued him the most.
  • Thum Ping Tjin
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活在生死之间

马来西亚的新政府在政权更迭的几月后开始考虑废除死刑。在这具有争议性的讨论中,一名死囚的案件引发了关于错误处决的一些问题。原文发表于2019年7月3日。
  • Emily Ding
  • Charis Loke
  • Ellena Ekarahendy
  • Jessica Xu
journalism
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Myanmar’s Cinema Centenary and Film Censorship

As the nation celebrates its 100th year of filmmaking, documentary filmmakers say their genre is gaining ground while documentarians still face old challenges, from government censorship to limited funding.
  • Adam Bemma
journalism

"Wake Up, Singapore!" Says Sean Francis Han

PJ Thum speaks to Sean Francis Han, the editor-in-chief of Wake Up Singapore. Wake Up Singapore bills itself as a community of young activists looking to bring alternative voices to the major issues in Singapore and around the world, who advocates for reform and social justice. Part one of this interview is about Wake Up Singapore and looks at the sustainability of activism in the country.
  • Thum Ping Tjin
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Death With a Dash of Disney

At a cemetery designated for the COVID-19 pandemic’s dead in Medan, Indonesia, staff require mourners to wear protective clothes, and offer to capture their visit on camera for posterity.
  • Aisyah Llewellyn
journalism
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The Bloodied Arm of the Law

In Malaysia, police violence and deaths in custody are much-overlooked concerns, despite calls for investigation from human rights watchdogs. The numbers, and detainees and advocates behind them, show a grim, complicated picture.
  • Foong Li Mei
journalism

အိပ်မက်ရဲ့နောက်မှာ : ကျောက်စိမ်းတူးဖော်မှုဘေးအန္တရာယ်ကြောင့် ကြေမွသွားသည့် မိသားစုတစ်စု

ဇူလိုင်လ ၂ ရက်၌ မြန်မာနိုင်ငံရှိ ဖားကန့်မြို့၏ ကျောက်စိမ်းမှော် မြေပြိုမှုတစ်ခု၌ လူပေါင်း (၁၇၀)ကျော် သေဆုံးခဲ့သည်။ ဤဇာတ်လမ်းက ဖြစ်ရပ်မှန် အဖြစ်အပျက်များကို အခြေခံပြီး စိတ်ကူးပုံဖော်ထားသည့် ဇာတ်ကောင်များဖြင့် နေ့တဓူဝ ကျောက်တူးသမားများ ရင်ဆိုင်ရသည့် အန္တရာယ်များနှင့် သူတို့မိသားစုများ ခံစားရသည့် နာကျင်ကြေကွဲမှုများအကြောင်းကို ပြောပြနေသည်။
  • Shawanang
comic

Can Cambodia Eradicate the World’s Most Fatal Disease?

Each year, hundreds of people in Cambodia are estimated to die of rabies, which is treatable but fatal once symptoms present. Animal welfare and health experts say vaccinating the nation’s dogs and controlling the dog meat trade could help prevent deaths.
  • Kieran Murray
  • Andy Ball
journalism

Thailand’s Defiant Youth

Amid an ongoing state of emergency to contain COVID-19, young people around Thailand have taken to the streets to call for Prime Minister Prayuth's resignation and other systemic changes. Protesters have even hinted at their dissatisfaction at the Thai monarchy, a taboo that can have legal consequences. The latest protest held on 16 August 2020 is now known to be the largest demonstration in Thailand since the military coup in 2014. This week's episode looks at what triggered the protests and the implications of a renewed youth movement.
  • New Naratif
podcast

Behind the Dream: A Family Broken by a Jade Mining Disaster

On 2 July 2020, over 170 people were killed in a landslide in the jade mines of Hpakant, Myanmar. This story of fictional characters surrounded by real events portrays the risks miners take and the suffering endured by their families.
  • Shawanang
comic
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Indonesia’s COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories

As Indonesia struggles with the global pandemic, another “viral” strain has surfaced: disinformation in the form of conspiracy theories.
  • Johannes Nugroho
journalism