Tag: Tommy Koh

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...

“Accept the right of citizens…to hold alternative/dissenting views” Tommy Koh’s birthday wishes for Singapore

Singapore—A few days ahead of the country’s National Day celebration on August 9, Friday, Ambassador-at-Large Tommy Koh published his birthday wishes for the nation in an article for The Straits Times (ST) wherein he traced Singapore’s history not just to the bicentennial, but from the...

Hawker troubles: S’pore hawker fare cheaper than HK and M’sia, median age of hawkers is 60, few youths enter the industry

Singapore is well known for its hawker food stalls, which are indeed considered a national treasure. They were prominently featured in this year’s summer Hollywood blockbuster hit, ‘Crazy Rich Asians,’ and, even more importantly, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced on August 19 that...

Cherian George on the workings of the media: This is exactly what Lee Kuan Yew designed the press system to do

Cherian George, professor of media studies in the journalism department of Hong Kong Baptist University wrote a post on his website Air-Conditioned Nation about the pseudo-freedom of the press, adding that the way the press behaves today was “exactly what Lee Kuan Yew designed...

Tommy Koh defends S’pore from accusations by Chinese diplomat

Singapore’s relationship with China has been going through a bump in recent months. And on Wednesday, Senior Chinese diplomat Ruan Zongze once again accused Singapore of doing things which have affected bilateral ties. “These included trying to get other Asean countries to release a joint...

Tommy and Kishore: What a contrast

By Augustine Low Kishore Mahbubani, writing in The Straits Times on Jan 11, says emphatically: “Name me one other society which has developed as comprehensively and as rapidly as Singapore has in its first 50 years after independence.” He adds that “so far, no one has...