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Historian Thum Ping Tjin (“PJ”) responds to the POFMA order by Minister of Law K Shanmugam against Episode 8 of “The Show with PJ Thum”, by analysing how Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act 2019 (POFMA) was used against Episode 8. He 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. He also shows how the PAP government have not kept their word. They have used the law against interpretations; against statements which do not cause public harm; and against Singaporean critics – all of which they said they would not do.

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Thum Ping Tjin

Thum Ping Tjin (“PJ”) is Managing Director of New Naratif and founding director of Project Southeast Asia, an interdisciplinary research centre on Southeast Asia at the University of Oxford. A Rhodes Scholar, Commonwealth Scholar, Olympic athlete, and the only Singaporean to swim the English Channel, his work centres on Southeast Asian governance and politics. His most recent work is Living with Myths in Singapore (Ethos: 2017, co-edited with Loh Kah Seng and Jack Chia). He is creator of “The History of Singapore” podcast, available on iTunes. Reach him at pingtjin.thum@newnaratif.com.