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Let's get the psychology of debate right

How to voice critical comments that make a positive difference

In the last few weeks, many Singaporeans have been exercised over the lengthy debate that ensued between an academic and a government minister during a parliamentary committee hearing.

Singaporean historian Thum Ping Tjin had made a written submission to the Select Committee on Deliberate Online Falsehoods in which he asserted that the biggest purveyor of fake news in Singapore was the Government, in particular the late founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 28, 2018, with the headline 'Let's get the psychology of debate right'. Print Edition | Subscribe