PRESS FREEDOMS ON THE DECLINE?

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has released its 2018 update of its Press Freedom Index. Norway, Sweden and the Netherlands fill up the top 3, while North Korea remains bottom. In between, the US continued its decline dropping two places to fall at 45, and Singapore retains its ranking of 151. Besides the rankings, there has […]

WHAT DO SINGAPORE AND TRUMP HAVE IN COMMON?

A Singaporean debate has emerged over the most public and global of platforms – on the pages of the New York Times. This came after activist and journalistic Kirsten Han had written an op-ed there making comparisons between Trump and some prominent government policies in Singapore, notably over capital punishment, civil liberties and Singapore’s very […]

PM LEE SHIFTS THE DECK CHAIRS IN HIS CABINET

What happened? With the current parliament halfway through its term, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has announced major changes to the cabinet. The key changes concern much of the so-called 4G team that is expected to be the future of Singapore’s political leadership. Chan Chun Sing takes charge of the Ministry of Trade and Industry […]

WORKERS’ PARTY ELECTS NEW BOSS

Pritam Singh has been confirmed as the new Secretary-General of the Workers’ Party. This comes after former boss Low Thia Khiang announced last November that he would step down after 17 years of leading the party. In that time Low has established himself as Singapore’s most successful opposition politician, leading Workers’ Party to victories in […]

SELECT COMMITTEE HEARINGS END ON A CLASH OF HISTORY

What happened? The last week of hearings over deliberate online falsehoods concluded with the Select Committee going head-to-head with civil society activists, journalists, and academics. The highlight was undoubtedly Shanmugam’s 6 hour-long sparring session with historian Thum Ping Tjin. Thum’s research had argued that the detentions of Operation Coldstore were motivated by political rather than […]