Majorities and minorities exist in every society. Why is it important to society to think about minority representation and rights?
The 28 Most Important Issues Facing Singapore
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).
One Day Out
“To everyone in the LGBTQIA+ community, especially those who are still in the closet: Happy Pride Month. You are valid. You are seen. You are loved.”
Brunei’s Tightening Grip on Freedom of Expression
Colonial era laws have been maintained and used to silence critics in Brunei. But it’s not just about the law; the entrenched fear of speaking out is so deep that people self-censor even if actual prosecution is uncommon.
Our Silence Does Not Mean You Can Speak for Us
The implementation of a syariah penal code specifying brutal punishments has thrust Brunei into the international spotlight. With Hollywood celebrities boycotting hotels and condemnation from multiple fronts, it is worth paying attention not only to those who are speaking out, but those who are not.
To Which My Brother Laughed
“To Which My Brother Laughed” is a new play born from a collaboration between Malaysia’s artistic and queer communities following the public caning of two women in Terengganu for being in a same-sex relationship.
Akan Datang: Politics, investments, and Vietnam’s football winning streak
This week in Southeast Asia: where is the next Trump-Kim summit going to be? Why is Jokowi pardoning Abu Bakar Bashir? Will the Progress Singapore Party get off the ground? How much of Sabah is going to be sold off to Chinese investors?
Southeast Asia Dispatches — Episode 10
This week, Adam Bemma speaks to LGBT rights activists working to establish an advocacy network in Laos, Victoria Milko visits a peace park set up by the Karen ethnic group in conflict-embroiled Myanmar, Aidila Razak speaks to a trans woman who left her home country of Malaysia to seek asylum in the UK, and Aisyah Llewellyn talks about her experience covering the December 2018 tsunami from Lampung in South Sumatra.
Our 2018 Picks!
It’s been a big year for us, finding our feet and growing our platform. As we hurtle towards the new year, members of the New Naratif team pick out some highlights from 2018 that you shouldn’t miss.
Akan Datang: Entrenching ruqyah as a “cure” for queerness in Padang
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.