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Calls For Discourse Diversity Not New

Calls “for views to be gathered from avenues beyond government-endorsed dialogues, such as blogs, forums, or civil society” (TODAY, Jan. 16) have existed for some time, even before President Tony Tan, in his opening address to the 13th Parliament, highlighted the need to refresh Singapore’s political system. What is less clear is how these aspirations will be achieved, beyond the convenient – but tired – strategies of dialogues or public consultations organised by the government. Continue reading

Throwback: Eugene Tan: Captain Not-Obvious

Before the new batch of Nominated Members of Parliament were announced last year, I had the chance to interview Mr. Eugene Tan – Associate Professor of Law at the Singapore Management University – where I quizzed him about his contributions to parliamentary debate, the attention he has paid to the tertiary institutions in Singapore, as well as reform to the electoral system. And I did ask him about the “Captain Obvious” label too. Continue reading

Eugene Tan: Captain Not-Obvious

Seeking approval from anyone, it would appear, has never been a priority for the law professor. “I look back at my time in Parliament without any regrets”. The “Captain Obvious” label hardly bothers him, and has not changed the way he contributes to socio-political discourse in Singapore rigorously. One might not always agree with Mr. Tan’s perspectives, but he will continue to do more – with academic training and knowledge – beyond this NMP stint. And I believe we are all the better for it. Continue reading