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.
PJ explains Singapore’s Oxley Road dispute between Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his siblings, Lee Wei Ling and Lee Hsien Yang; how Lee Kuan Yew’s legacy is crucial to the PAP continuing to win elections and monopolising power; how this demonstrates the weakness of public institutions in Singapore; and how Singapore has the appearance of the form of public accountability and transparency but not the substance.
678 members of New Naratif’s community responded to stage 2 of The Citizens’ Agenda, and this is how they responded based on their constituency.
In September 2019 New Naratif’s Deputy Editor Aisyah Llewellyn travelled to Jambi Province on the island of Sumatra to report on Indonesia’s deadly haze. At hotspots like Desa Catur Rahayu, fires raged for months turning the air red and toxic.
678 members of New Naratif’s community responded to stage 2 of The Citizens’ Agenda, and they were very clear about the biggest issues facing Singapore and what they want politicians to talk about at the next election.
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).
Accused of defaming Islam, former Jakarta governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama paid the price with a two-year jail sentence. Now free, is Ahok returning to politics reborn or avoiding controversy with a “safe” new career?
This week in Southeast Asia: the Trump-Kim summit clears out of Vietnam, streaming is set to come to an end in Singapore’s schools, Indonesia commemorates International Women’s Day, and big issues will be debated in Malaysia’s Parliament.
The World Bank positions itself as a source of support for local communities across Southeast Asia through its funded projects. But there are those who feel that it has failed in its mission to address grassroots voices.
Among this week’s round-up of stories to watch in Southeast Asia: Local police employ shamans to carry out exorcisms for Padang’s LGBT community, a crackdown on independent media sites in Singapore, and rallies against the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination in Malaysia.