31 May '16, 4am

[Mothership] DPM Tharman Shanmugaratnam declares he was ‘a dissident, a government critic’ https://t.co/zHvDRm2a2f

[Mothership] DPM Tharman Shanmugaratnam declares he was ‘a dissident, a government critic’ https://t.co/zHvDRm2a2f

Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam, who is easily the coolest man in Singapore , has admitted that he used to be “a dissident, a government critic”. He made this comment at the Pre-University Seminar on May 30, 2016, in response to questions from students about freedom of speech in Singapore, media censorship and on remarks against Islam made by teenage blogger Amos Yee. As reported by Today , a student from River Valley High School had asked the DPM if the authorities’ response to Yee had given him more support and attention internationally than he would otherwise have received. Besides saying that there is more freedom now compared to a decade ago, “let alone when I was your age”, Tharman said: “I was a dissident, a government critic. It was completely different then, compared to where it is now. We have evolved into a society that has more freedoms, but it has...

Full article: http://mothership.sg/2016/05/dpm-tharman-shanmugaratnam-d...

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