The unconstitutional and illegal redelineation of Malaysia’s constituencies will create an extremely unfair election and result in a Parliament that is unrepresentative of Malaysia’s people.
Singapore’s Vandalism Act (1966) was designed, from the beginning, as a political tool to humiliate those who fight to exercise their right to free speech and political expression.
Contrary to the Prime Minister’s stated position of “Live and Let Live”, cradle to grave discrimination in Singapore results in gay men being economically poorer and less healthy, and consequently leading shorter and more impoverished lives.
The “War on Drugs” waged over a year now by Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte is not about addressing drug crime at all. It’s the use of violence for political control and it’s happened before—in Davao City.
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.
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.
Malay identity is vast, multifaceted and diverse, but you wouldn’t know it from the recent controversial debates over the Presidential election.
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.
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?
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.