Videos

How Bad Laws Are Created and Abused in Singapore (A POFMA Case Study)

PJ uses POFMA as a case study to demonstrate how Singapore's People's Action Party government writes poorly worded laws that give themselves immense amounts of power, while misleading the Singaporean people by saying the laws will be used responsibly and for good purposes but then using the law chiefly to silence critics and suppress opposition.
  • Thum Ping Tjin
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How the Oxley Road Scandal shows the Weakness of Public Institutions in Singapore

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.
  • Thum Ping Tjin
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How the PAP Government Abuses "Rule of Law" to Control Singapore

PJ explains how the People's Action Party in Singapore uses/abuses the concept of the "Rule of Law" to control all forms of political activity, by criminalising all behaviour but selectively investigating, harassing, and charging only its critics and opponents. Also, he tries to sell you some cologne.
  • Thum Ping Tjin
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How the PAP Nanny State creates Dependence and Controls Citizens

Historian Thum Ping Tjin ("PJ") explains how the People's Action Party in Singapore, through purposeful social design since the 1960s, has created a system through which the state is able to intimately interfere in peoples lives and create public dependence on the state; and how this dependence on the state then makes people afraid to speak up or oppose the government.
  • Thum Ping Tjin
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How Singapore's Elections are Qualitatively Unfair

PJ explains how the historic use of arrests and lawsuits, the threats of punishment, and the slanted media coverage create an atmosphere of fear in which people are afraid of voting against the governing People's Action Party. Also, Lisa the Clairvoyant Malayan Sun Dog predicts the result of the next Singapore General Election.
  • Thum Ping Tjin
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How Singapore’s Elections are Structurally Unfair

In The Show with PJ Thum episode 2, historian Thum Ping Tjin ("PJ") explains how Singapore's electoral system is deeply unfair. It is designed to maximise the seats and votes for the governing People's Action Party (PAP), and the point of the system is to legitimise PAP rule, not to reflect popular will or ensure democracy.
  • Thum Ping Tjin
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No Smoke Without Fire

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.
  • New Naratif
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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.
  • Alexandra Radu
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Reading with the Third Story Project

Third Story Project, co-founded by the imprisoned Reuters journalist Wa Lone, aims to improve children's literacy in Myanmar while also teaching values of peace and diversity.
  • Chris Schuepp
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Ho Chi Minh City's Sidewalk Vendors

Sidewalk vendors are a common sight in Ho Chi Minh City, providing affordable meals for the city's residents. A vendor shares her experience of running her stall.
  • Dam Xuan Viet
  • Calum Stuart
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Why does Oxley Road Matter?

PJ Thum explains the contours of the dispute between the Lee family siblings and why Lee Kuan Yew's Oxley Road house matters so much to them.
  • Thum Ping Tjin
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The Elected Presidency and the Political Economy of Race in Singapore

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?
  • Thum Ping Tjin
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