When Monica Baey took to Instagram to express dissatisfaction over the National University of Singapore’s handling of sexual harassment, a network of students mobilised to demand reform. Two students actively involved in the movement reflect on this episode of student activism.
Interracial and interfaith relationships aren’t unique to Malaysia, but it does get more complicated in contemporary Malaysia than in many other contexts, especially when the state sees ethnicity and religion as overlapping and heavily regulates and intervenes in deeply personal matters.
The entry of Tan Cheng Bock and his newly registered Progress Singapore Party into the political fray has stirred up excitement. But is Tan, a former PAP backbencher, offering a vision of Singapore’s future, or a return to its past?
A recent ad campaign for an e-payment system in Singapore featured a Chinese Singaporean actor in brownface as a Malay woman and an Indian man. Responses have since demonstrated the need for deeper understanding and discussion of racism and power in the city-state.
Gunung berapi Gunung Sinabung telah meletus selama beberapa tahun, menyebabkan ratusan penduduk desa mengungsi. Sekarang mereka terperangkap antara rumah pengungsi yang disediakan pemerintah atau kembali ke rumah lama mereka yang berada di Zona Merah Gunung Berapi.
Malaysian Pannir Selvam was granted a stay of execution just one day before he was due to hang in Singapore. It’s given his family hope, but Singapore’s capital punishment regime for drug offences is about more than just individual families.
Pannir Selvam is on death row in Singapore. He was due to be executed in May 2019, but managed to obtain a last-minute stay of execution. In this piece, his older sister Sangkari tells his story and makes a plea for support to save his life.
Malaysians and Singaporeans constantly squabble over the ownership of particular dishes, comparing street food cultures and making digs. But a closer look at the way hawkers have been managed reveals more about contemporary challenges in each country.
Mount Sinabung volcano has been erupting on and off for years, leaving hundreds of villagers displaced. Now they’re caught between new government accommodation and their old lives in the Red Zone.
As part of an irregular series, we highlight historical articles that not only offer an interesting window into the past, but can also help shed light on the world today. First up: an article written by the then-Secretary-General of the University of Malaya Socialist Club Tommy Koh in 1959.