Tag: Tommy Koh

Who won the election? According to Tommy Koh, Singapore did

Singapore—For Ambassador-at-Large Tommy Koh, the winner of last week’s General Election is Singapore itself. Mr Koh wrote an opinion piece in The Straits Times (ST) concerning the GE, entitled Singapore GE2020: Young voters and women power, upon the request of ST editor Chua Mui Hoong,...

Tommy Koh: The way Singapore treats its foreign workers is not First World but Third World

 Singapore—Retired diplomat Tommy Koh, who made some irate last year with the comment that ‘Singapore is a first world nation with third world citizens,’ has used the same words to describe how Singapore treats the country’s migrant workers. On his Facebook page on Monday morning...

Tommy Koh: “we have been tested by other crises before and survived”

Singapore –Tommy Koh shared an article he wrote appealing to fellow Singaporeans to remember the numerous crises the country has survived in the past and to have the same outlook amid Covid-19. The Singaporean international lawyer, professor and diplomate shared on his Facebook profile an...

Tommy Koh: Hawker food is part of our national identity

Singapore—At the launch of a new book entitled Fifty Secrets Of Singapore's Success, Ambassador-at-Large Tommy Koh said that the seemingly simple hawker centre food “saved Singapore,” since it allows everyday Singaporeans to enjoy a wonderful meal at a very low price. The book, which Mr...

Tommy Koh’s predicts prosperity for Asia, but also more protests and a wider inequality gap worldwide in 2020

Singapore—Veteran diplomat Tommy Koh made a forecast of what lies ahead for the year in a speech delivered at the Bank of Singapore's Beyond 2020 event on Monday (Jan 13), saying that both positives and negatives are in store for this year.  An excerpt...

Netizens divided on Tommy Koh’s list of 5 tests Singaporeans should pass before becoming first-world people

Singapore—On Sunday, December 22, diplomat and professor Tommy Koh wrote a column in The Straits Times (ST) wherein he listed the five tests Singaporeans should pass before becoming first-world people. This references a remark Mr Koh made in October, wherein he called Singapore “a...

Freedom of speech is the “right to agree with government and the right to disagree” – Tommy Koh

The comments of Singapore's Education Minister Ong Ye Kung while responding to questions from Members of Parliament over the Yale-NUS out-of-classroom programme, created another controversy as he allegedly singled out playwright Alfian Sa’at for his role behind the scrapped dissent and protest programme. Several prominent figures in...

Diplomat Tommy Koh defends Alfian Sa’at amid Yale-NUS dissent course furor

Singapore—The furor over the cancellation last month of a Yale-NUS module on dissent that was to have been led by playwright Alfian Sa’at has not died down. In Parliament on October 7, Monday, Minister of Education Ong Ye Kung commented on the matter, saying that...

“I think that’s a fair way of describing it,” reactions to Tommy Koh calling Singaporeans 3rd world people

Singapore— Veteran diplomat Tommy Koh caused quite a stir last week when he called Singapore a First World country with Third World people at the Singapore Bicentennial Conference, which was organised by the Institute of Policy Studies. The controversial remark made headlines, along with other comments...

Tommy Koh and Donald Low: “Give a damn, Singaporeans!”

Singaporeans came under attack this week from two well-known outspoken personalities - Prof Tommy Koh and Prof Donald Low. The common criticism from the two was that Singaporeans just did not give “a damn” about anything but themselves. Dr Low, Senior Lecturer and Professor of...