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A Convincing Case for Farquhar

The immediate success of Singapore led to a grim court battle to decide who her actual founder was. That clash continues in this new and superbly researched book. BOOK REVIEW Book review: William Farquhar and Singapore: Stepping out of Raffles’ Shadow by Nadia H. Wright. Entrepot Publishing, 2017. By OOI KEE BENG The present always … Continue reading

Unwise for Singapore and Malaysia to Have Bad Ties in the Future

By Ooi Kee Beng For Commentary, The National University of Singapore Society (NUSS). Volume 23, 2014. IF ONE DOES NOT go back too far, one could divide relations between Singapore and Malaysia into the Mahathir period and the Post-Mahathir period. Malaysia’s long-term Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed retired on 30 October 2003, after 22 … Continue reading

How good are Singapore-Malaysia ties?

Dr Ooi Kee Beng, the deputy director of the Institute of South-east Asian Studies, talks to P N Balji about why Malaysia-Singapore relations are on a high, how attitudes on both sides have changed and whether the abang-adek relationship is still a simmering factor. For The Independent, October 2, 2013 (http://theindependent.sg/how-good-are-singapore-malaysia-ties/) Q. Malaysia- Singapore relations … Continue reading

ASEAN – A Post Colonial Sisterhood

By Ooi Kee Beng For THE EDGE, Kuala Lumpur. 28 April 2012.   With Myanmar opening up faster than anyone ever expected the question how ASEAN is to develop as a community in the near future gets ever more interesting. “A chain is only as strong as its weakest link” is of course a saying … Continue reading

Can Competition allow Compassion?

(Talk given by Ooi Kee Beng at the Johor Bahru Rotary Club on 14 June 2011) I SUPPOSE we are here today to discuss the question, Why so much ado about an election that saw the incumbent still controlling 81 of 87 parliamentary seats at the end of it? What is the big deal? Why … Continue reading

Singapore Election: A Lesson We Learned Earlier?

By Alan Ting for BERNAMA KUALA LUMPUR Tuesday, 17 May 2011– Although the People’s Action Party won more than two-thirds majority in the recent Singapore general election, its popular votes dropped and the opposition made inroads. There are a few reasons for this that political parties on this side of the causeway may want to digest … Continue reading

Not business as usual for PAP

SINGAPORE’S ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) has never been one to take chances. Believing in its ability to identify society’s best talents and recruit them into its ranks, the party developed scant respect for the electoral democracy inherent in the country’s political structure. Its ever powerful control of the mass media, its unconstrained changing of … Continue reading

Time to cast the ballots

TODAY, Singaporeans go to the polls. Nothing strange about that, they do this every fifth year or so. And given the dominance of the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP), its impressive track record of building the island state into a powerful economy, its control over the apparatus of state, its pre-emptive nature especially where elections … Continue reading