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Activism is not a dirty word

"Activism is such a dirty word in Singapore," a friend drily observed on Facebook, referring to a speech made by St Joseph's Institution (SJI) vice-principal Leonard Tan last month.

"Any form of activism is socially divisive," Mr Tan had said, adding that "it divides society, it divides a community... it goes against the very grain of what we stand for. We are community builders. We don't divide community".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 12, 2018, with the headline 'Activism is not a dirty word'. Print Edition | Subscribe