Singapore, Incomplete: Reflections on a First World Nation’s Arrested Political Development
By Cherian George
Two years after the death of influential first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew and another decisive general election victory, Singapore's People’s Action Party government continues to embody authoritarianism at its most resilient. In this anthology of journalistic essays, Cherian George makes a case for political liberalisation, arguing that more freedom isn't just Singaporeans' due as a right but would also help revitalise a ruling party that has shown signs of drift and groupthink.
As the government lays the ground for a transition to a fourth generation of leaders after the death of Lee Kuan Yew and its 2015 general election triumph, Cherian George considers the unfinished business of political liberalisation and multicultural integration. Singapore, Incomplete is a collection of personal reflections about the country’s underdeveloped political culture and structure. “Ours is a middle-aged country with a maturing economy—but a political system that treats us like children,” he argues. George calls for more open “rules of engagement” that will protect and celebrate a diversity of ideas and beliefs. He critiques Singapore’s culture of fear, the lack of political transparency, and governmental groupthink. This is his first book for a general audience since Singapore: The Air-Conditioned Nation (2000).
Cherian George is professor of media studies at Hong Kong Baptist University, and an IAMCR member.
Title: Singapore, Incomplete: Reflections on a First World Nation’s Arrested Political Development
Author: Cherian George
Publisher: Woodsville News