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The Malacca Strait : will it continue to be safe?
The Republic of Singapore Navy issued an unprecedented advisory last week for shipping to improve security measures while transiting the Malacca Strait. It shows the continued need for vigilance despite the many security ...
Jemaah Islamiyah : of kin and kind
Convicted terrorists from Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) have attested to using the Internet in one way or another during their operations, from sending messages to one another to looking for extremist fatwas online to justify their ...
“Muscular” versus “Liberal” Secularism and the religious fundamentalist challenge in Singapore
This essay examines how the divisive forces of religious fundamentalism have been a recurring feature of Singapore’s history. It shows why events in 2009 and 2010 appear to suggest that the Singapore State ...
Debating inter-faith relations : will we descend into another cold war?
Religious discourse dominates current affairs: everything from women’s issues to channeling of humanitarian aid are seen through this prism. The key question: Where is the world headed to if this keeps up?
Securing the motherland through the mother tongue policy
Current debates pertaining to the Ministry of Education’s review of the teaching of mother tongues have been about Singaporean Chinese and their relationship with the Chinese language. However, the obstacles to ...
Religion and identity in Malaysia
The current controversy in Malaysia over the use of the term “Allah” by the Christian community once again raises the underlying tension between religion and identity in the country. What does this mean for ...
PAS : balancing inclusion and tradition
The Islamic Party of Malaysia is reaching out to non-Muslim voters by forming a new wing of non- Muslim supporters, promoting good governance and playing down the Islamic state. However it is also ...
The Korean question : an unresolved issue of Asia’s cold war
The sinking of the Cheonan is emblematic of a Korean War that was never formally concluded. The open-ended Korean question, driven by competing nationalisms, focuses attention on the lack of closure in Asia’s ...
Three youths and a pastor : a deconstruction of the current debate
Racial and religious stability are pillars of Singaporean society. A threat to either should be dealt with swiftly, with a clear appreciation of the public perception and potential consequences involved.
English as an academic language at a Swedish university : parallel language use and the ‘threat’ of English
In recent years, universities across Europe have increasingly adopted the use of English as an academic lingua franca. Our article discusses current trends in Swedish higher education by presenting the results of a large-scale ...