Alfian Sa’at: PAP leverages on ‘minority rights’ to canvass support for their own Malay presidential candidate

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With Mdm Halimah confirming her wish to run for President, I can’t help but be awestruck by the sheer perversity of co-opting progressive language (gender parity! minority representation!) for a deeply authoritarian agenda. It reminded me a little of the Bukit Batok by-election, and the candidacy of Murali Pillai, where PM Lee himself said, in reference to the residents, that

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Aiseyman! Mufti Menk is not as ‘moderate’ as he makes himself out to be!

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The existence of violent Islamists has enabled many deeply reactionary Islamic preachers to claim the mantle of being “moderate” because they do not support jihadism. This means they can assert values that in any other context would be challenged by liberals and progressives as bigoted, this web intolerant, purchase hateful and reactionary. But cultural relativism allows them to claim to

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