Posts Tagged ‘Politics’

In blind defense of Duterte

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

This post is a reprint of a post by Luke Phang that originally appeared at lukeyishandsome(dot)com.


Suppose you have a friend. And this friend is immensely successful. He runs a global charity that has lifted thousands of people out of poverty in the most rural places on earth. Many look up and respect him for the work he does, especially those whom he lifted out of poverty. To them, he is like a (Read more...)

Malaysia, can we still talk?

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

This post is a reprint of a post by Luke Phang that originally appeared at lukeyishandsome(dot)com.


Dear Malaysia,

I read an article recently, written by a person who has just known you for two years. I felt weird reading the article. It didn't seem to reflect you properly. There was much optimism in the article, the writer saying how you still have the chance to be great again, how she is willing (Read more...)

I don’t think Save Malaysia can really "save" Malaysia

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

This post is a reprint of a post by Luke Phang that originally appeared at lukeyishandsome(dot)com.

Picture source: Malay Mail Online

In perhaps a last ditch attempt to remove Najib, long-time and bitter enemies joined forces in a "Save Malaysia" movement, signing a Citizens Declaration to demand Najib's resignation. But will it work? Will this alliance between veterans, which include former P (Read more...)

Familiarity breeds contempt

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

This post is a reprint of a post by Luke Phang that originally appeared at lukeyishandsome(dot)com.


This post originally appeared on Inconvenient Questions

There are so many debatable and simplistic arguments in the recent 3000-word article by Singapore's ambassador-at-large Bilahari Kausikan that it is hard to know which point to address first. The ambassador said a great number of things, many wh (Read more...)

Speculating on the silent majority and the opposition’s way forward

Sunday, September 13th, 2015

This post is a reprint of a post by Luke Phang that originally appeared at lukeyishandsome(dot)com.

PM Lee lifted by supporters after the results announcement

GE2015's results caught a lot of us by surprise. That itself is not surprising, because if anecdotal evidence, social media postings and attendance at rallies are to be trusted, the opposition parties seemed to have a lot going for them from (Read more...)

Thoughts on Singapore’s GE2015

Monday, September 7th, 2015

This post is a reprint of a post by Luke Phang that originally appeared at lukeyishandsome(dot)com.


I have been following the developments of Singapore's GE2015 campaigns very closely. One, because it's part of my job working at a socio-political website, and two, because I find politics interesting and intriguing. It allows one to observe how human decisions are made en masse and because politics (Read more...)

Rallies won’t change Malaysia. Yet.

Sunday, August 30th, 2015

This post is a reprint of a post by Luke Phang that originally appeared at lukeyishandsome(dot)com.


Writer's note: I hesitated on writing about Bersih 4.0. Because after all, as someone who is part of the brain drain in Malaysia, as someone who saw that it's better to leave than fight, I don't see myself as deserving to comment as compared to those who risked going down to the rally. But looking a (Read more...)

Singapore VS Malaysia’s opposition parties

Saturday, August 15th, 2015

This post is a reprint of a post by Luke Phang that originally appeared at lukeyishandsome(dot)com.


Malaysia pales in comparison to Singapore in a lot of aspects. Its economy is not as robust as Singapore's, the education system is a joke, corruption runs rampant without checks and chances in life are largely determined by your race. It's no wonder why talent is one of Malaysia's biggest “export” (Read more...)

The world is a scary place: On Amos Yee and Najib’s WSJ Report

Monday, July 6th, 2015

This post is a reprint of a post by Luke Phang that originally appeared at lukeyishandsome(dot)com.


Two pieces of news dominated my newsfeed over this weekend, one on tAmos Yee and another on Najib's WSJ report. As a person who is sort of stuck between both Singapore and Malaysia, I took an interest in both of them. My two cents worth on both issues:

1. Protests to free Amos Yee

Amos Yee, the boy who cried wolf?

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

This post is a reprint of a post by Luke Phang that originally appeared at lukeyishandsome(dot)com.

Credits: TOC

Amos Yee has done it again. This time by alleging that his previous bailor, Vincent Law, molested him in a Facebook post. Response has been swift and plentiful. Both the mainstream media and the online media, bloggers like me included, are rushing to jump on the bandwagon to report or wr (Read more...)