THIS TALK WAS HELD ON 14 JANUARY 2017
The Spirit of Article 152: A talk about Inclusive Nation-Building and the Special Status of Singapore Malays.
Dr Lily Zubaidah Rahim is Associate Professor at the University of Sydney Department of Government and International Relations, and she will discuss the contradictions associated with the rhetoric and reality of multiculturalism and equal opportunity in Singapore
Dr Thum Ping Tjin (‘‘PJ’’) is a co-ordinator of Project Southeast Asia and a Research Associate at the Centre for Global History University of Oxford. PJ will discuss the political economy of race in Singapore from the colonial period to the present, emphasising that race and politics are inextricably intertwined in Singapore.
Alfian Sa’at is an award-winning writer, poet and resident playwright at W!LD RICE. He will discuss the lived experience of being Malay in Singapore and how he has explored this in his literary works such as ‘Malay Sketches’ and ‘GRC’.
Dr Lily Zubaidah Rahim, Associate Professor at the University of Sydney Department of Government and International Relations.
Dr Thum Ping Tjin (‘‘PJ’’), Co-ordinator of Project Southeast Asia and a Research Associate at the Centre for Global History University of Oxford.
Alfian Sa’at, Award-winning Writer, Poet and Resident Playwright at W!LD RICE productions.
WHAT YOU MISSED
Dr Thum Ping Tjin (‘‘PJ’’) argues that race is not rooted in biology but inextricably intertwined with Singapore’s colonial history, perpetuating political power and generating capital.
Alfian Sa’at calls for the acknowledgement that not everyone is equal in the Singapore system and frames Article 152 as remedial justice to protect minority rights. video
Dr Lily Zubaidah Rahim discusses the contradictions associated with the rhetoric and reality of multiculturalism and equal opportunity in Singapore.
AUDIENCE DISCUSSION AND Q&A
0:10 min – Question on granting Malays special status in Article 152
0:56 min – Question on the enforcement of Article 152 amidst increased number of immigrants to Singapore
0:12 min – Question on workplace discrimination against Malay women from wearing the tudong
0:55 min – Question on the contradictions of affirmative action and the Singaporean principle of racial equality for government officials
0:08 min – Question on the racial breakdown of worker redundancy in Singapore
1:51 min – Origins of Article 152 not being of British origin but borne of David Marshall and the memorandum he tabled in 1956
4:53 min – Question on the elected minority leaders pre and post ethnic integration policy of 1989
0:03 min – Question on the Pertubuhan Kebangsaan Melayu Singapura (PKMS) role in protecting Malay rights and welfare in Singapore
4:58 min – Question on equal racial representation in urban public spaces
8:23 min - Discussion on moving from the CMIO model to an intercultural model
9:30 min – Discussion on the Presidential Council’s potential and composition
10:36 min – Discussion on increasing wealth inequality in Singapore