Seminar: The Singapore Model, Growth and the Freedom of Speech
The Network for Asian Studies invites you to a seminar with blogger-activist Roy Ngerng from Singapore: "The Singapore Model, Growth and the Freedom of Speech."
The Singapore Model has been used as an example of a successful East Asian economic model which other developing countries can emulate. However, behind the Singapore model also lies a series of human rights transgressions and curbs on the freedom of speech which have often been implicitly accepted as a necessary precondition for sustaining economic growth. Thus, while Singapore's GDP per capita is similar to Norway, there are significant differences between the two countries in other spheres.
In addition to shedding light on the situation in Singapore, Ngerng will share his experiences of being sued by the PM of Singapore because of his critique of Singapore's pension system and sovereign wealth funds, among others.
Roy Ngerng studied sociology at the Singapore National University of Singapore and is a sociopolitical blogger. He writes extensively about Singapore's social and economic system, especially in the areas of healthcare, education and the country's pension funds, as well as on equality and poverty issues. He currently faces two criminal charges from the Singapore government for exercising his freedom of speech. Roy Ngerng blogs at "The Heart Truths" (www.thehearttruths.com).