"'[I]n the social media world that we’re in, where there is growing scepticism of elites, it would make sense for public figures to take pro-active and pre-emptive control of their own narratives by being as upfront about their circumstances as possible,' Professor Kenneth Paul Tan of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, told me over email. 'Otherwise, they can become easy targets and even victims of suspicion, speculation, and disinformation, which—even if totally un
At the 2020 Global City Round Table, organized by the Academy of Hong Kong Studies on 18 September 2020 (full video available here), Kenneth Paul Tan elaborated on how: "The Singapore state’s developmental agenda successfully raised the living standards of the majority of Singaporeans to create a middle class in the 1980s. This middle class, a stabilizing force, seemed resistant to predictions about democratization. When segments of this demographic became politicized, they w
"The ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) has become 'decadent' in a way that it has reached 'the zenith of its achievements' and they find themselves 'utterly exhausted', said Associate Professor Kenneth Paul Tan from the National University of Singapore (NUS) Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy." Article available here.
"Mr Lee Hsien Yang, the younger brother of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, ... took to Facebook on Sunday (Sept 13) to highlight the 'interesting observations' made by Associate Professor Kenneth Paul Tan, a senior faculty member at the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy." Article available here.
At a live webinar "Singapore’s GE2020: The real watershed election?" organized by Sydney Southeast Asia Centre and Malaysia and Singapore Society of Australia (full video available here). Kenneth Paul Tan: "The PAP in government has become decadent, not in the sense of moral depravity, but in the way it has reached the zenith of its achievements, which are of considerable, and there finds itself utterly exhausted. Rapid growth and development, the spectacle of The Singapore S
"Kenneth Paul Tan, an associate professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, said the Singapore election results demonstrate a wish for more debate. 'I do think that they signal interests and concerns that many voters consider to be insufficiently audible in policymaking debates,' he told VOA. 'Also, the results signal broad dissatisfaction with the structural advantages and unfair tactics that the ruling party uses to secure its electoral dominance.'” Full articl
"Prof Tan said that in Singapore, the concept of critical thinking tends to be understood as solving a problem in a novel way. But critical thinking should not just involve thinking about how to answer a question, but 'questioning the question' and rethinking the assumptions that may lie behind the question, he said. 'While we recognise, most of us, that we have to expand critical thinking, we must encourage our students to question the question and question the questioner
"National University of Singapore public policy professor Kenneth Paul Tan took issue with Lee's insinuation that the opposition would act in an adversarial manner. Said Tan: 'Why can't we think of having a high-quality opposition in parliament as a means of keeping the government on its toes and being more responsive, as a source of new ideas and alternative perspectives so necessary in a complex world where unchallenged assumptions are going to be the cause of our dow