Artists rally around Alfian Sa'at after Ong Ye Kung cites his poem during Yale-NUS debate

Alfian Sa'at has often been critical of the establishment in his writing and called for more freedom of expression in the arts.
Alfian Sa'at has often been critical of the establishment in his writing and called for more freedom of expression in the arts.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Members of Singapore's arts community are rallying around the writings of poet and playwright Alfian Sa'at online after Education Minister Ong Ye Kung quoted some lines from Alfian's 1998 poem Singapore You Are Not My Country in Parliament on Monday (Oct 7).

Many felt these lines had been taken out of context and have begun sharing the poem in its entirety on social media, as well as other early poems by Alfian.

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