The prospect of civil society in Singapore
Illegal protest, IMF Meeting, Singapore, September 2006
Image source: t3htarik
There is an excellent piece in the October edition of the Far Eastern Economic Review — recently banned (again) by the Singapore government — by Australian academic and Singapore watcher, Garry Rodan. Among other things, the article (pasted below in the event the link is broken) discusses the capacity of the PAP to insulate itself from an increasingly robust political opposition within the blogosphere. Interestingly, it is is not organised opposition (the PAP has legislated to contain this) but individuals who are challenging what Rodan refers to as the PAP’s “foundational myths”. The recent furore over the ill-considered blog posting of the daughter of MP Wee Siew Kim is a case in point. Is it possible that after four decades of social control in Singapore, we are finally witnessing the emergence of a genuine civil society?