MAI SATO reviews Singapore studies that purport to show that capital punishment enjoys public backing and is an effective deterrent. Sato finds these studies provide weaker evidence than claimed.
Watch the video — SOL IGLESIAS and WALID JUMBLATT ABDULLAH talked about the challenges faced by academics engaging with controversial issues in the Philippines and Singapore.
CHERIAN GEORGE analyses the ambiguities of Tharman Shanmugaratnam’s big win.
Professor Kenneth Paul Tan suggests that Singapore’s survival needs the cultivation of a tragic imagination – an awareness of how heroic virtues can lead to downfall if one is so consumed by one’s idealised image that one ignores one’s critics. Watch the video.
It is tempting to blame candidates and voters when Presidential Elections get too heated and threaten the dignity of the office. But the fault lies mainly with the system. Kevin Tan (National University of Singapore) and Cherian George (Hong Kong Baptist University) call for an overhaul.
CHRISTOPHER TREMEWAN (University of Auckland) reflects on the enduring ideas in the collection of 1980s essays, A Shift in the Wind. Tremewan suggests that current controversies may be signs that a system that protects ruling elites from robust checks and balances has run its course.
Dominic Nah (National Insitute of Education) will talk about his research examining classroom discussions about local poems including “Candles” by Alvin Pang.
Co-organised by AcademiaSG and the Malaysia and Singapore Society of Australia (MASSA), the panel discussion is now available for viewing.
Friday 30 June — Watch the recording of Professor Kevin Tan’s lecture on how the institution has evolved, both in its formal structure and in terms of public expectations.
LINDA LIM and TEO YOU YENN argue that gains from attracting ultra-high-net-worth individuals are overstated. The benefits of private philanthropy are outweighed by forgone tax revenues and distract from the state’s responsibilty to look after its citizens.
Borrowed from American political discourse, the term was first used in the Singapore Parliament by opposition member Low Thia Khiang to describe the ruling party, but it has since been monopolised by economic conservatives. CHERIAN GEORGE contextualises its use. POLITICS OF ENVY Politics of envy is a commonly heard accusation in the real world of […]