Podcasts

Critical Theory in Singapore and the Philosophy of Social Justice

Philosopher Farhan Idris discusses how liberation of the mind goes hand in hand with liberation of the body, and how Bras Basah Open tries to create spaces where people can come together and engage in new modes of humanistic inquiry, discussion and critique for collective freedom.
  • New Naratif
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Why Wares Mutual Aid?

Singapore is, by many measures, one of the richest countries in the world with a government famous for efficient interventions in society. So why is there widespread poverty, and why does civil society have to independently organise to help those in need? PJ Thum talks to a volunteer with Wares Mutual Aid, a community-run spreadsheet which aims to connect those in need with offers of support.
  • New Naratif
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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
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Articulating an Alternative to the PAP's Singapore

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.
  • Thum Ping Tjin
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Parti Liyani: A Volunteer Speaks

The trial of Parti Liyani rocked Singapore and brought down one of Singapore's most powerful businessmen. Dr Stephanie Chok, part of the team supporting Parti Liyani, gives an inside view on the case, the possible mishandling of the investigation by the police, the problems with the trial, and how this is not an isolated incident but related to broader structural issues plaguing Singapore.
  • Thum Ping Tjin
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Malaysia's Shifting Political Alliances

On this week’s episode of Southeast Asia Dispatches, Deborah Augustin speaks to Professor Wong Chin Huat, a political scientist working on political institutions and group conflicts about the feasibility of an anti-hopping law in Malaysia and the larger systemic issues that have led to these shifting political alliances.
  • Deborah Augustin
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Subhas Nair, Renaissance Man

Subhas Nair is a musician, activist, philosopher, athlete, and renaissance man. He discusses his life, his music, his philosophy, and all the positive change he wants to bring to the world with PJ Thum and Sean Francis Han
  • New Naratif
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Singapore's Prime Minister's Office vs. New Naratif

Following his four and a half hour interrogation, the seizure of his mobile phone and laptop, and the invasion of his home by the Singapore police, New Naratif Managing Director PJ Thum explains what exactly New Naratif is being accused of having done, how this is an abuse of the law, and how this is part of a long-standing campaign of harassment and intimidation by the PAP government against New Naratif.
  • New Naratif
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The Plight of Indonesia’s Vulnerable Domestic Workers

Aisyah Llewellyn speaks to Lita Anggraini and Damai Pakpahan about the Protection for Domestic Workers Bill in Indonesia (RUU PRT), a draft law for domestic workers’ protection that has been stuck in parliament for over a decade and discuss the initiatives being taken to help this vulnerable workforce.
  • Aisyah Llewellyn
  • Kelly Anissa
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Flair de Lune

Lune Loh, co-founder of Students for a Safer NUS, member of tFreedom, and Executive Director of TransNUS, speaks to PJ Thum and Sean Francis Han (WakeUpSG) about her activism, her life as a trans woman in Singapore (especially during National Service), and the recent kerfuffle over an educational event on bondage and rope play organised by tFreedom.
  • New Naratif
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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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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
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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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"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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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
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An Interview With Tan Jee Say

PJ Thum sits down with Tan Jee Say of the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) to talk about Singapore's economy and economic policies, and the SDP's campaign pledges. This was recorded amidst the heat of campaigning on 6 July 2020 and first broadcast on onlinecitizenasia.com.
  • Thum Ping Tjin
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Freedom of Expression in Myanmar

On this week's episode of Southeast Asia Dispatches, Adam Bemma speaks to Thinzar Shunlei Yi, advocacy coordinator at Action Committee for Democracy Development, and Maung Saungkha, executive director of ATHAN, an organisation that has documented violations of fundamental freedoms in Myanmar over the last four years under the National League for Democracy government, led by Aung San Suu Kyi. They discuss freedom of expression in Myanmar.
  • Adam Bemma
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Meritocracy in Singapore

Last year, Professor Stefano Harney made headlines in Singapore when he gave all 169 business students in his course the same grade. The university called these grades bogus, but Stefano felt the students deserved it and gave them all an A grade. On this week's Political Agenda, PJ Thum speaks to Professor Stefano Harney about this incident and what it reveals about meritocracy in Singapore.
  • Thum Ping Tjin
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Youth Power in Malaysian Politics

In July 2019, the Malaysian Parliament passed a Constitutional Amendment to lower the voting age from 21 to 18. This amendment means that an estimated 8 million eligible voters will be added to the electoral roll. While many have celebrated the move to lower the voting age, critics have said that Malaysian youth are not ready for the responsibility of voting. On this week’s episode of Southeast Asia Dispatches, Deborah Augustin speaks to Qyira Yusri from Undi18, and Melinda Anne, a student, about their thoughts on youth political participation in Malaysian politics.
  • Deborah Augustin
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Looking Back to the Future

Prof James Warren, author of several groundbreaking subaltern histories of Singapore including "Rickshaw Coolie: A People's History of Singapore 1880-1940", reflects on a long career working on Singapore history in this lecture delivered at the National Library of Singapore in January 2019.
  • New Naratif
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