Meritocracy

Reservations on the Reserved Presidential Elections – Views of a Singaporean Malay

This is a summary of my thoughts that I shared at a Discussion Session with undergraduates from the University Scholars Program at Cinnamon College, NUS on 3 Apr 2017. I was asked to broadly comment on the following issues: 1) Given the varying responses to the Reserved Presidency, how this will affect the unity of the Malay community. … Continue reading

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…