V&P Breakfast Briefing: Singapore’s Shifting Political Landscape – 5 September 2012

2011 was a breakthrough year in Singapore politics. Groundbreaking general elections in May saw the ruling PAP take unexpected losses, while August saw a fiercely contested presidential election, a four-way fight that contrasted starkly with the walkovers that typified every preceding election, bar the first in 1993.

While not as revolutionary as the “springs” elsewhere, the events here represented a radical change in Singapore’s political culture. An emboldened electorate, aided by the rise of alternative media, has galvanized change in the way the ruling PAP has had to respond to criticism and grievances. Immigration issues and rising inequality loom large on the national agenda.  What has this shifting discourse meant for the future of the ruling PAP, and how will these changes affect the future of political development in the country?

The talk and the following Q&A will observe the Chatham House Rule.


Date:                 Wednesday, 5th September 2012

Time:                7:45am – 9:00am

Cost:                  Complimentary  – Tea, coffee, fruit juice and light snacks provided

Venue:              By invitation only


Please contact malinda@vrienspartners.com if you would like to inquire about an invitation.


About the Speaker

Dr. Cherian George, a Singaporean academic and journalist, is an Associate Professor at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University. He serves as the Director of the Temasek Foundation – NTU Asia Journalism Fellowship. He is also an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow of the Institute of Policy Studies at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore.

His main research interest is in media and politics, including the political economy of journalism, censorship and alternative media. He has written widely about politics and the media in Singapore, and has authored three books: Singapore: The Air-Conditioned Nation (2000); Contentious Journalism and the Internet: Towards Democratic Discourse in Malaysia and Singapore (2006); and Freedom from the Press: Journalism and State Power in Singapore (2012).

Dr. George takes an active interest in media policy and media reform. He is a member of Media Literacy Council and was part of “Bloggers 13”, a group lobbying for greater internet freedom. He runs an online portal dedicated to Singapore journalism issues, journalism.sg <http://journalism.sg>

Before joining academia, he was a journalist at The Straits Times, where he wrote mainly on politics and media and served as the art and photo editor for three years. He received his Ph.D. in Communication from Stanford University. He has a Masters from Columbia University’s School of Journalism and a B.A. in Social and Political Sciences from Cambridge University.