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Singapore

Post GE2020, there has never been a greater need for freedom of information

GE2020 results suggests a greater focus on the details of policy making rather than the broad strokes of policy proposals, making freedom of information increasingly relevant.

When carrots are not enough: Singapore’s actually fairly exciting general election

...A substantial share of the population wants debate...and a shift from the conceit of “apolitical” technocratic management.

Singapore’s ‘Not Normal’ Election

Singapore’s 2020 election is different—to paraphrase the words of PM Lee Hsien Loong’s label—it is ‘not normal’.

Does Singapore need mandatory contact tracing apps?

Technological solutions like TraceTogether will only effectively if people believe it’s there to help them.

Men in White: the Singapore musical

The 'zing' of a hip-hop based musical might be just the thing to interest young audiences in Singapore's own founding fathers, argues Peter Coclanis.

PAP realism in an endangered world

PAP realism means accepting the conservative position of moderating one’s political aspirations and campaigns to align with values shaped by Singapore's ruling party.

Not the Emperor’s, not the King’s, but the Straits Chinese

Ann Ang discusses the historical context, origins and identity of the Straits Chinese.

Millenia of maritime mastery: Philip Bowring’s ‘Empire of the Winds’

Though Austronesians operated in networks of oceanic trading that stretched from Asia to the Mediterranean for thousands of years, both the term and cultural grouping are little known.

Making and unmaking decolonisation: Civilised by The Necessary Stage (Singapore)

Nien Yuan Cheng continues her commentary on how Singapore artists are responding to the Bicentennial.

“I feel blessed (to be a Singaporean)”: MY Bridge of Light by the Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC

Part 2 of this 3-part series on the SG Bicentennial explores MY Bridge of Light, a community play sponsored by the official bicentennial fund.

Bodies of/in water and the reversal of colonialism? Arus Balik at the NTU Centre of Contemporary Art

PoP's Cheng Nien Yuan continues her commentary on Singapore's Bicentennial.

Singapore’s online falsehoods bill will deepen a culture of self-censorship

If the government gets to decide what’s "false", abuse of anti-disinformation laws is all but guaranteed.

The Singapore Bicentennial: it was never going to work

On the unstable historical foundations of Singapore's (supposed) two-hundredth birthday.

How Deng and his heirs misunderstood Singapore

Chinese elites have looked to Singapore as a model throughout much of the reform era, but have failed to understand what made the city-state tick.

New Mandala’s most read in 2018

Revisit the 20 most popular articles published at New Mandala this year.

The uses and abuses of Singaporean history

A falsified version of Singaporean history has found resonance among the conservative fringe in Latin America.

Wielding the purse strings of Southeast Asian civil society

Illiberalism at home, and pro-market ideologies abroad, are putting pressure on Southeast Asian civil society organisations' financial health.

Lee Morgenbesser on ‘Behind the Façade’

The New Books in Southeast Asian Studies podcast explores the idea that elections can be instrumentalised by dictators to reinforce their rule.

Perspectives on the Past at New Mandala

Welcoming the University of Sydney's Southeast Asian history bloggers to New Mandala.

Singapore’s mystifying political succession

Why is the PAP sidelining the most worthy candidate to succeed Lee Hsien Loong?

To infinity and beyond: the Singapore History Gallery (review)

A review of the refurbished Singapore History Gallery at the National Museum of Singapore.

Gopal Baratham: “Orwell of the Orient”

The novelist's work remains a useful window on the politics of freedom of (and from) speech in Singapore.

Governing Singapore, beyond Lee Kuan Yew

Lee Kuan Yew isn't to blame if Singapore's political class can't let go of him.