No room for dissent in Singapore

AFTER a short flirtation with openness, the Singapore PM has fallen back on the authoritarianism favoured by his father, as the prosecution of social worker and activist Jolovan Wham will show, said a participant in one of Wham’s vigils who is now under investigation.

In an article on Asia Times today, Kirsten Han wrote that Wham, who has spent his career fighting for the rights of low-wage migrant workers, has been investigated multiple times by the police for various events deemed “illegal” under Singapore’s Public Order Act.

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