Thinking Aloud

PAP and the politics of dominance

The Govt wants to retain its dominance in the political and intellectual sphere, but must beware of becoming domineering

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Like the Singaporeans who have taken to social media to express their views, I was disturbed by the way Education Minister Ong Ye Kung cited a few lines from Alfian Sa'at's poetry to paint him as someone who might be disloyal to Singapore.

Mr Ong quoted these lines from Mr Alfian's well-known poem written when he was 21, Singapore You Are Not My Country:

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 13, 2019, with the headline PAP and the politics of dominance. Subscribe