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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

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'. Print Edition | Subscribe