Singapore’s PAP government has long meddled in the domestic affairs of its neighbours. If the Foreign Interference (Countermeasures) Act (FICA) applied to PAP activities abroad, most of its efforts would be illegal. This is hypocrisy of the highest order.
Most women on death row in Malaysia have been sentenced under a strict drug trafficking law that fails to take their vulnerable socioeconomic realities into account. For justice to be possible, this law needs to change, writes Ngeow Chow Ying.
There were two sides to Kem Ley, the beloved Cambodian activist who was murdered five years ago: the calm, insightful public intellectual, and the hyperbolic nationalist who wanted to rid Cambodia of “illegal Vietnamese immigrants”, writes Tim Frewer.
Singapore is forcibly repatriating migrant domestic workers to conflict-ridden Myanmar. Considering the vast economic rewards Singapore reaps from their labour, the government should offer social protections and the chance to stay and work, writes Laura Antona.
For Malaysian politicians, speaking out in support of Palestinians is a well-worn tradition, especially when Israeli oppression makes headlines. However, by depriving refugees of basic rights at home, these same leaders undermine the Palestinian cause, writes Wael Qarssifi.
CNN reporter Clarissa Ward’s shallow coverage of the Myanmar coup, her endangerment of her sources and her embarrassing rationalisations erode journalistic ethics and perpetuate the notion that brown people need a white saviour, writes Aye Min Thant.
Singapore holds considerable economic leverage over Myanmar’s generals. Vanessa Chong of Fortify Rights says Singapore must block the Myanmar military’s access to funds that finance their crimes, and Singaporeans must support the Civil Disobedience Movement.
Amid the anti-coup protests in Myanmar, activist Thinzar Shunlei Yi went into hiding to avoid arrest. After years spent protesting her country’s military, she explains why current demonstrations must do more than just restore civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
The recent emergence of clusters of infections at two foreign-worker dormitories shows the vital role of civil society and civil discourse in Singapore, one which the government ignores at great cost, argues Sudhir Vadaketh.
Earlier this year, international attention zeroed in on Brunei and its implementation of the Syariah Penal Code. But the international media attention only focused on specific aspects of the SPC, oversimplifying the situation and neglecting to mention other human rights abuses and concerns.