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).
Mass organisations have a long history in Indonesia. But while they originally had a positive purpose, a case in the city of Bogor highlights how they can be used to breed intolerance.
Many people lost their lives between 1998 and 2007 in Poso, Sulawesi. Now residents once swept up in the vortex of conflict choose to remember it with a dry humour—while still mindful of the potential for more violence.
Despite it being the country’s national language, a dwindling number of writers in Singapore are writing in Malay. To reinvigorate the Malay fiction scene, it might be time to look outwards towards neighbouring markets.
Amid concerns of rising religious intolerance in Indonesia, a women-led movement for moderate, progressive Islam is pushing back.
Amid an increase in cases of religious intolerance across Indonesia, artists are fighting back by using their work to promote unity and diversity.
Although still a minority in Singaporean society, evangelical Christians have been making themselves heard. It’s brought the culture war usually associated with the United States to the island republic’s shores.
The five principles underpinning the Indonesian state are now being revived to counter right-wing religious rhetoric in the country, but could also be a useful political tool as it heads towards its 2019 presidential election.
Following the high-profile wedding of the Indonesian president’s daughter, a Mandailing association in North Sumatra is lobbying for greater recognition.
With Singapore’s first racially reserved Presidential election looming, historian Thum Ping Tjin observes that the government’s much vaunted “Chinese-Malay-Indian-Others” model of managing race has historically increased racial tension and strife. So why do they cling to it?