PJ responds to the POFMA order against Episode 8 by analysing how POFMA was used; notes how the POFMA order did not challenge any of the fundamental conclusions of Episode 8; and demonstrates how its use against Episode 8 proves his arguments correct.
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.
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.
PJ explains how Singapore’s economy has evolved over time, how it is heavily dependent on foreign funding, and how the PAP tried to wean Singapore off foreign funding and failed miserably, leading to Singapore’s current economic quandary.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.