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Community Leadership / Governance / Malay-Muslim Community

Response to MCCY Letter – My Intentions being Misperceived

I read with disappointment the letter by Ho Ka Wei, Director of Corporate Communications, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth which was published on 29 Apr 2013 in the Straits Times’ Forum page. The letter suggests that I had used “AMP as a platform and a cover to promote (my) race-based politics.” This suggestion is … Continue reading

Community Leadership / Governance / Malay-Muslim Community / Meritocracy

Politics of Funding Cuts: Is It Really About Partisanship?

One issue that has emerged is the view that my participation at a civil protest in Hong Lim Park and a Workers’ Party (WP) Youthquake Seminar was tantamount to involvement in partisan politics (and therefore purportedly incongruent with AMP’s charter of independence). The narratives from the Minister in charge of Muslim Affairs and AMP has … Continue reading

Community Leadership / Governance / Malay-Muslim Community

The Politics of Being Dominant and Dominating

I write this note not merely to explain the circumstances behind my departure from the Board of Directors of the Association of Muslim Professionals (AMP) and stepping down as Chairman of the Board of Centre for Research on Malay and Islamic Affairs (RIMA). More importantly, I am compelled to set out the approach taken by … Continue reading

Why the Government Must Listen to Voices at Hong Lim Park
White Paper on Population 2013

Why the Government Must Listen to Voices at Hong Lim Park

In the aftermath of the Hong Lim Park Civil Protest against the White Paper, here is why the Government must listen to the voices at Hong Lim Park. PM Lee had earlier unequivocally stated that the public debate on the White Paper must continue, despite Parliament passing a motion approving the White Paper. Yet, Singaporeans … Continue reading

Meritocracy

Originally posted on Yawning Bread:
The protest held on Saturday, 16 February 2013, against the government’s 6.9 million population White Paper saw the second largest crowd ever at Hong Lim Park. Organisers estimated it to be 4,000 to 5,000, which puts it second only to Pink Dot 2012.  Walking around and observing the density of…

“Reclaiming the Core” – Speech at Hong Lim Park – Protest Against White Paper 16 Feb 2013
White Paper on Population 2013

“Reclaiming the Core” – Speech at Hong Lim Park – Protest Against White Paper 16 Feb 2013

Fellow Singaporeans, The White Paper has stated that it places Singaporeans at the Core. The question is – has it really? What does it mean for Singaporeans to be placed at the Core? I will argue that the White Paper has not placed Singaporeans at the core. And Singaporeans must reclaim our rightful space – at … Continue reading