Oxford student sparks debate after exchange with Mahathir

At the Oxford Union forum last Friday, Mr Darrion Mohan had referred to the Johor Menteri Besar’s recent intrusion into Singapore waters, and said that Singapore and Malaysia were “again embroiled in an unnecessary and potentially internecine mar
At the Oxford Union forum last Friday, Mr Darrion Mohan had referred to the Johor Menteri Besar’s recent intrusion into Singapore waters, and said that Singapore and Malaysia were “again embroiled in an unnecessary and potentially internecine maritime dispute”. PHOTO: COURTESY OF DARRION MOHAN

Singaporean who engaged Malaysian PM over S'pore-KL rows cites tradition of speakers being challenged robustly

Mr Darrion Mohan, a Singaporean student at the University of Oxford, finds himself thrust into the limelight after engaging Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad in a debate on Singapore-Malaysia disputes, with some Internet users praising him and others saying he was too confrontational .

The 22-year-old pointed out, however, that the Oxford Union - where the forum was held - was "fundamentally a debating society".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 23, 2019, with the headline 'Oxford student sparks debate after exchange with Mahathir'. Print Edition | Subscribe