9.12.05

writing from the other side

It is a pity how two of our best writers (writing in English) are living overseas. There is novelist Goh Poh Seng and my favourite Singapore poet Arthur Yap.

A few days ago, I was forwarded this article that Mr Devan Nair (Singapore's third president) wrote in 1999 - "A Requiem for an Unbending Singaporean". It was about the "political death" of JBJ and possibly the Workers Party, though no doubt, Nair had a healthy sense of irony about his own political "requiem" then. A few days ago was also when Mr Nair died in Canada, where he has lived since he stepped down from the presidency. So the title of his article seems even more fitting now.

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P/S: Here are previous posts about Singapore's other past president and a wannabe president!

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