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We have Racist Spectacles, but where is the national reckoning?

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The People’s Association’s Hari Raya snafu

Milo Peng Funders keep this newsletter running, as well as supporting my other independent writing and civil society work, so please become one if you can! You can also tip me on my Ko-Fi page. It was the anniversary of the June 4, 1989 massacre at Tiananmen Square in Beijing.

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What should we do about National Service?

Milo Peng Funders keep this newsletter running, as well as supporting my other independent writing and civil society work, so please become one if you can! You can also tip me on my Ko-Fi page. Reviewing toxic masculinity in SingaporeCorinna Lim, executive director of the Association of Women for Action

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A general correction order issued during our (semi) lockdown

Milo Peng Funders keep this newsletter running, as well as supporting my other independent writing and civil society work, so please become one if you can! You can also tip me on my Ko-Fi page. Covid-19 Update: Bye bye big events, and a stupid spat about variantsHere we are in

A general correction order issued during our (semi) lockdown
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Racism rears its ugly head as Singapore heads back into lockdown (sort of)

Apologies for the very embarrassing typo in last week’s wrap, when I wrote S$11.4 million as S$11.4 billion and made SPH’s media business seem like even more of a disaster than it already is. It’s been a tough week. My beloved granddad passed

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SPH Media goes not-for-profit, Singapore goes back to Phase 2

Covid-19 updateAn elderly patient at Tan Tock Seng Hospital—the site of our first hospital cluster—died due to complications from Covid-19. As of Thursday, there were 40 cases linked to Tan Tock Seng Hospital, and some hospital staff have reported discrimination, such as private hire drivers cancelling on them

SPH Media goes not-for-profit, Singapore goes back to Phase 2
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Reshuffling the Cabinet

There won’t be a weekly wrap next week because I’m going on a five-day working staycation; I’m going to (mostly) lock myself into a room and edit my book manuscript, and try to get as much of it done as I can. But I’ll be holding

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Solidarity, Singapore-style: Crowdfunding as a mode of protest

Thanks to a kind supporter of the newsletter who helped me get over my kiam siap ways, we now have a legit custom URL: https://wethecitizens.net. This is the first time WTC has ever had its own domain; it suddenly feels like this whole thing has really levelled up.

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Not going according to the (East Coast) Plan: Heng Swee Keat won't be next PM

‌ When the ruling party's succession plan goes up in smoke, one gets to work on the newsletter right away. Bye, Heng Swee KeatHeng Swee Keat is stepping aside as the leader of the 4G PAP team. While he'll still be deputy prime minister and the coordinating minister for economic policies,

Not going according to the (East Coast) Plan: Heng Swee Keat won't be next PM
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Sexual assault in the news, and a six-figure Facebook link

Happy Easter weekend! This is the first We, The Citizens weekly wrap since moving to Ghost (🙌🏼 🙌🏼 🙌🏼) so I've included some items from the weeks we were off. I'm also over at Travelfish with a longform piece about why it's important people, including tourists, are more aware of Singapore's less shiny