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Remember, Remember, the Sixth of October

October 5, 2011 by


Written by Chayanin Wipusanawan As students of Bangkok’s Thammasat University, the 6th of October is the date we learn, from the first day in this school, as our ‘day of infamy’. To the general public, the date is usually remembered as one of the ‘bloody days’ of modern Thailand, alongside 14 October (1973) and May […]

Say no to planking?

September 23, 2011 by


Written by Jesse Pizarro Boga It’s almost hilarious: Quezon City representative Winston Castelo filed a bill called the “Anti-Planking Act of 2011” and caused pandemonium among the youth and the faithful citizens of the Internet. His seemingly “smart” decision came about after a group of protesters recently disrupted traffic in Manila in protest against high […]

My Fair (First) Lady

September 21, 2011 by


Written by Cindi Loo It’s not often that women get to be highlighted in the world of politics, particularly when there are only 23 female Members of Parliament out of the 222 MPs (now reduced to 22 as one passed away due to cancer) in Malaysia. But these weren’t the lawmakers who made the headlines. […]

Lee Kuan Yew: “Do you have a boyfriend?”

September 14, 2011 by


Written by Kirsten Han A PhD? A boyfriend? Which is more satisfying? And is this really the reason behind our ageing population? “ #thatawkwardmoment when Lee Kuan Yew ask if you have a boyfriend. jofanpang September 7, 2011 At a dialogue with ex-Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) on 5th […]

In which AJStream tries to cover Malaysia (part 2)

September 3, 2011 by


In part 1, I discussed about the coverage by The Stream on Malaysia in which I’ve voiced out the misconceptions placed on the story. In this part I’ll be discussing  what do I mean by “The Malaysian Context”, as well as some personal thoughts about the episode. The Malaysian Context Since I’ve called out to […]

In which AJStream tries to cover Malaysia (part 1)

August 30, 2011 by


The Stream is a new programme by Al Jazeera English (AJE) aimed at talking about the news that were generated by the social media, instead of what was already reported on television almost every day. While other programmes dwell into the typical narrative and direction with a certain story, The Stream takes a different approach, […]

2011: Singapore’s Year of Elections

August 28, 2011 by


Written by Kirsten Han Images from Channel NewsAsia and The Online Citizen Featured image by Hanlin Goh I once read on Twitter that the #sgelections are like a bus – you wait ages for one, and then two come along. The General Elections of 2011 will be remembered as a watershed election, where an alternative […]