1955-56 was the peak of mass participation in Singapore’s democratic process. Singapore has a long tradition of highly politicised mutual associations, with fierce internal and external competition. From 1955, thanks to the new government, space for legitimate political activity rapidly expanded in Singapore. Yet the public also understood that the constitution heavily circumscribed what elected ministers could achieve in the Legislative Assembly. In this episode, PJ Thum explains how and why associations became the focus of political activity in Singapore, and how they transformed the organisation and practice of politics in Singapore. Please send questions, comments, and feedback firstname.lastname@example.org or visit thehistoryofsingapore.com. Support the show atpatreon.com/pjthum.
“Living in a Time of Deception” by Dr Poh Soo Kai will be launched at 2pm on Saturday 13 Feb at the Holiday Inn Atrium, Outram Road. Please come! www.facebook.com/events/214541525557653/