"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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