Gareth Knapman, Debra Rengga

After a successful career as a colonial administrator, John Crawfurd forged a second career as a staunch anti-colonial activist, in particular in opposition to Sarawak’s “White Raja”, James Brooke.

Christie Cheng

“Low crime doesn’t mean no crime.” This hackneyed slogan, plastered across public spaces, effectively captures the Singapore state’s attitude towards law enforcement. The dominant consensus, echoed across mainstream media and official narratives, views lawbreakers as threats to the greater good of society. Yet in 2016, two independent local films—"A Yellow Bird" and "Apprentice"—brought to the surface different views of society, crime and those who commit it.

Thum Ping Tjin


Thum Ping Tjin

Di Fasa 1 Agenda Rakyat, New Naratif meminta pandangan daripada para pembaca kami di Singapura tentang isu-isu paling penting yang dihadapi di Singapura, dan apakah yang mereka ingin melihat calon-calon pilihanraya bicarakan di pilihanraya umum yang akan datang. Di sini adalah jawapan mereka (di samping pendapat yang tidak disuarakan).

Thum Ping Tjin

In Stage 1 of The Citizens' Agenda, New Naratif asked Singaporeans readers what they think are the most important issues facing Singapore, and what they'd like political candidates to talk about in the next general election. Here's what our readers said (and didn't say).

Gregory Ng Yong He

Marketed as picturesque, up-market “heritage” experiences, Singapore’s colonial-style restaurants—whether knowingly or unknowingly—end up enforcing a racial hierarchy inherited from the British colonial era and maintained by Singapore’s ruling elite.

Mina Roces, Gica Tam

As transnational feminists, Filipino Catholic nuns move constantly between the local and the international, becoming in the process effective activists. A peripatetic lifestyle gives them multiple perspectives and the credentials to speak for/about the Filipina post-colonial condition.

Vila Somiah, Rosmaini Sunarjo, Ellena Ekarahendy, Adriana Manan

Sekitar tahun 1960an sehingga 1980an, maksud perkataan pendatang dalam Bahasa Melayu/Malaysia bertukar daripada ‘migran’ yang bernada neutral kepada sinonim dengan perkataan bahaya dan tidak boleh dipercayai: orang luar politik yang membanjiri negara dan mencabar identiti kebangsaan dan keselamatan. Bagaimana perubahan ini terjadi?

Vila Somiah, Rosmaini Sunarjo, Ellena Ekarahendy

Between the 1960s and 1980s, the meaning of "pendatang" in Bahasa Malaysia shifted from a neutral "migrant" to become synonymous with danger and treachery: a political outsider whose influx in large numbers challenges national identity and security. How did this happen?

Hai Fan

A visit to the historic site of Suara Revolusi Malaya (Voice of Malayan Revolution) radio station, by a former member of the Malayan People's Army, brings back nostalgic memories of another era. Includes audio clips.

Mohan Dutta

Singapore’s “fake news” bill is based upon dubious assumptions which are not supported by the science of media effects studies. Instead, research shows it is the absence of democracy that creates an environment where disinformation acts oppressively.

Thum Ping Tjin, Kirsten Han

The Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill—meant to tackle "fake news" in Singapore—has received criticism from local civil society, international rights groups, and tech companies. But what's in the Bill, and what are the concerns?

James Rowlins

Lee Kuan Yew, as Prime Minister of Singapore (1959-90), took stringent measures to curtail freedom of expression in the city-state. Four years after his death, it’s time to take a look at whether there’s been any relaxation of state control over the media and change in its attitudes towards free speech.

Qasim Rashid

Di antara populasi 260 juta penduduk Indonesia, 400.000 orang diantaranya merupakan penganut Islam Ahmadiyah. Tulisan ini berupaya memberikan penjelasan singkat atas pertanyaan-pertanyaan tersebut, berdasarkan sudut pandang seorang Muslim Ahmadi.

Qasim Rashid

There are 400,000 Ahmadiyya Muslims in Indonesia, among a population of 260 million people. What is the history of the Ahmadi believers in Indonesia? What are their differences with Sunni Muslims? And how have they been affected by religious repression in recent times? This article provides a brief introduction to these questions, from an Ahmadi perspective.

Michael Barr

From its early years as an independent republic, Singapore has been closely aligned with the United States. While it has served Singapore well in the international trade environment of the past decades, will it survive the challenges of a shifting world?