Research

The False Scarcity in Singapore's Meritocracy

Meritocracy is marketed as a system for the management of scarce resources but is in fact the imposition and justification for scarcity. This article examines university education in Singapore as the prime site for the production of meritocratic ideology and considers the consequences more generally on the Singapore polity.
  • Stefano Harney
  • Adriena Fong
research
Members only

Why Is It Difficult to Organise Around Class in Malaysia?

Despite the drastic rise of global inequality, left-wing parties continue to struggle to build class solidarity which transcends ethnic nationalism. Audi Ali looks at the historic and local factors in Malaysia that make class solidarity difficult to achieve.
  • New Naratif
  • Audi Ali
  • Amita Sevellaraja
research

Raffles Must Fall? The Memory and History of Colonialism

The story of the Raffles statue in Singapore is a story of memory, not history. From its creation in 1887, the statue has been part of an official colonial and later post-independence narrative, created and reinterpreted by successive governments as a basis for civic unity for the island.
  • Gareth Knapman
research
Members only

Tahun Kekerasan Indonesia

Dalam memoar terbarunya berjudul “Romantisme Tahun Kekerasan”, penulis Martin Aleida membongkar penindasan dari stigma yang dihadapi oleh jurnalis di Indonesia pada tahun 1960an.
  • Warief Djajanto Basorie
research

Putu Oka dan Goenawan

Putu Oka Sukanta dan Goenawan Mohamad merefleksikan Tahun Kekerasan Indonesia dan persahabatan mereka dengan Martin Aleida. Materi tambahan untuk "Tahun Kekerasan Indonesia".
  • Warief Djajanto Basorie
research
Members only

Indonesia’s Years of Violence

Indonesian writer Martin Aleida lived and wrote through a dark chapter of Indonesia’s history. His new memoir, "Romanticism in the Years of Violence", sheds new light on the oppression and stigma faced by journalists in Indonesia in the 1960s.
  • Warief Djajanto Basorie
research

Putu Oka and Goenawan

Putu Oka Sukanta and Goenawan Muhammad reflect on Indonesia's Years of Violence and their friendship with Martin Aleida. Supplementary material for "Indonesia's Years of Violence".
  • Warief Djajanto Basorie
research
Members only

Like a Child With Two Parents

Amrita Malhi traces the historical roots of the 3Rs of Malaysian politics—"race, religion and royalty"—to 19th-century colonial contests between Siam and Britain.
  • Amrita Malhi
research

The Citizens' Agenda: The Parties Respond

Nearly a year ago, we embarked on the Citizens’ Agenda: our quest to find out what our Singaporean community thinks are the most important issues facing Singapore, and then to write and commission articles on those subjects. Now, with Singapore’s General Election looming, we complete our journey by telling you how the political parties responded to the issues.
  • Thum Ping Tjin
research

Educating for a Climate-Crisis World

If Singapore is to prepare its children for the climate crisis, the values that we inculcate and the premise of our entire education system needs to change.
  • Feroz Khan
  • Al Lim
research

Explainer: The Climate Crisis and Singapore

It’s been 8 months since Singapore’s first climate action rally at Hong Lim Park, an event that mobilised 1,700 citizens and permanent residents. But what exactly is driving climate change, what are its effects, and how can such a small country do anything effective about it?
  • Meerabelle Jesuthasan
  • Anngee Neo
research
Members only

Violence and Discrimination Against LBTQ Persons in Singapore

Research by Singapore LBTQ women’s NGO Sayoni reveals experiences of violence and discrimination at home, in schools and in public spaces—casting doubt on the government’s claims to protect all people from violence regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. [Content Warning: violence, sexual assault, suicide, homophobia and transphobia]
  • Sayoni
  • Esther Lim
research

Explainer: Discrimination in Singapore

Discrimination, bias and inequality of many kinds present problems in Singapore—just as they do in every society. Its laws, policies and practices should be based on recognising this fact, not denying it.
  • Jolene Tan
  • Esther Lim
research
Members only

Singapore: The Limits of a Technocratic Approach to Healthcare

The ruling elite of Singapore sees its healthcare system as the epitome of a rational, technocratic state, governed by impartial, objective criteria. A close examination of the healthcare funding system, however, reveals the limitations of applying purist technocratic premises and methodologies to governance.
  • Michael Barr
research

How Gerrymandering Creates Unfair Elections in Singapore

Singapore’s elections are deeply unfair. Singapore’s system of electoral redelineation is one reason why - it creates constituencies which are unrepresentative, arbitrary, and lacking in voter equality; and the process lacks transparency, is extremely arbitrary, and heavily disadvantages non-governing parties.
  • Ngiam Shih Tung
research

Explainer: Singapore’s Electoral System

This article presents an overview of Singapore’s electoral system, how it works, how and why it has been altered over the years, and the challenges it presents for representative democracy in Singapore.
  • New Naratif
research

A Brief History of Elections in Singapore

Singapore's long history of elections is characterised by a tension between, on the one hand, a demand by the broader electorate for a responsive, accountable, government; and on the other, the desire of the government of the day to restrict the choice available to the electorate in order to achieve its desired outcomes while still retaining a veneer of popular legitimacy.
  • Thum Ping Tjin
research