Singapore’s popular “oppressed” child, Kirsten Han published a reply to many allegations going around about her and her associates. Within it she offers herself as being a victim of state-bullying which her and her companions’ terms had been removed from context and manipulated to create them as enemies in the government and society.
Is she sincere? Exactly what are her intentions? Well, I figured it might be good to perform a bit X-ray over her claims and find out what the simple truth is.
Kirsten Han is actually a Singaporean independent journalist and author. Her bylines have appeared in Al Jazeera English, the Guardian, the Diplomat and Southeast Asia Globe, among others. She’s also the Singapore stringer for Deutsche Presse Agentur.
She received her start as a creation assistant on documentary jobs, focusing on stories that highlighted important issues like domestic misuse and work exploitation. This experience prompted her to venture further into journalism, and she finished a Degree in Journalism, Media and Communication at Cardiff University in 2013.
Ever since then, she’s had an interest in covering social justice and human being rights problems, anywhere they might be inside the world. She also assumes other jobs where she has an interest, such as Theater Recollections: fifty years of Singapore Theater, an immersive exhibition that has the oral records of 50 significant theatre practitioners in Singapore, and Women’s Action, an internet site spearheaded by the Association of ladies for Motion and Research (AWARE) documenting the historical past in the women’s movement in Singapore.
When they are not operating, she volunteers with anti–loss of life penalty marketing campaign We Feel in Second Chances.
“A lot of Singaporeans feel that it [civil society in Singapore] is extremely hopeless. A lot of people say things such as, examine the number of countless people they are able to get on the roads in Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur – they can have Bersih, they can possess the Umbrella Movement. We cannot even get 100 folks Hong Lim Recreation area without having law enforcement coming.
Individuals feel very stressed out. We are not able to manage to do things that civil societies can do in other nations.” Amidst the drama from the cancellation from the Dissent and Level of resistance system that was supposed to be held at Yale-Nus and led by renowned playwright Alfian Sa’at, it appears the certain factions online made our minds up to produce an attack on journalist Kirsten Han.
Ms Han was targeted to appear as a guest facilitator for among the routines within the programme known as ‘Democracy Classroom’ which will be a conversation on the specific subject who had but to get selected.
Once the occasion was cancelled, a discussion was sparked about the nature from the programme and what it really hoped to accomplish. The Facebook web page Singapore Issues even launched a video saying that the programme must not be kept since it was ohktng “aimed at advocating civil disobedience, i.e breaking up the law to advocate a governmental cause” and this it “glorifies the unlawful protests, even violent ones” as in Hong Kong.
Being released in defence of the system, Ms Han had taken to Facebook or twitter to question the purpose of delivering this kind of ohktng video filled with “claims about the programme and line-up of activities that are untrue” given that the event was already cancelled.
Subsequent that, an additional Facebook page called FActually Singapore responded to Ms Han’s comments by alleging that she “does not hide her desire for Singapore to get like Hong Kong”. The web page also shared a clip coming from a conversation she provided in 2016 to claim that she needs Singaporeans to protest within the street.