Wednesday • April 29, 2009
THE saga playing out at Aware, Singapore’s women’s-rights group, is now cause célèbre. So far the local media and observers have responded to the saga in three different ways. These responses are interesting because they are a telling indication of the brand of civil society politics that different quarters desire for Singapore.
A marketplace of ideas
The first response is a kind of interested ambivalence. Many see the Aware drama as part and parcel of civil-society politics and that, in the marketplace of ideas, it should be allowed to unfold naturally if we want to mature politically as a society.