“Alternative facts” was a phrase coined by U.S. Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway during a Meet the Press interview on January 22, 2017, in which she defended White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s false statement about the attendance at Donald Trump’s inauguration as President of the United States. Unsurprisingly, she was subsequently mocked on social media and the press. However if we apply her infamous comments to a local context, it’s not hard to see that we Singaporeans have also been fed a good deal of “Alternative Facts”.
Race relations have come a long way since the dark ages of communal riots and racial tensions. For the past 50 years, meritocracy has been the cornerstone on which race relations were built upon.
The lack of checks and balances in Singapore will only enable future authoritarians by giving them the tolls necessary to stamp out opposition. When that day comes, it’ll be too late for Singapore.
An age old myth that has been drilled into the heads of every Singaporean from birth is the notion that we owe Singapore’s success to our model of governance. Or to put it more bluntly, the one-party domination of the PAP that made such progress possible. This myth is constantly being expounded by the political establishment and the mainstream media.
With fewer and fewer WW2 veterans still alive, the link to the greatest generation is gradually slipping away with each passing year. The surviving few carry with them incredible tales of hardship, suffering and survival. One of them is a 98 year old British Army veteran, Fergus Anckon.
Conservative estimates put the death toll of the Sook Ching Massacre at 25,000. That figure represents approximately 3.14% of the total population of 795,000 at the time. Higher estimates of 40,000 dead would put that figure at approximately 5.03%.
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