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Episode 22: The Spirit of Bandung

Dr. Thum Ping Tjin, Research Associate, Centre for Global History, University of Oxford | Dr. Thum Ping Tjin, Research Associate, Centre for Global History, University of Oxford

12-Feb-16 15:00

Episode 22: The Spirit of Bandung

1955-56 was the peak of mass participation in Singapore’s democratic process. Singapore has a long tradition of highly politicised mutual associations, with fierce internal and external competition. From 1955, thanks to the new government, space for legitimate political activity rapidly expanded in Singapore. Yet the public also understood that the constitution heavily circumscribed what elected ministers could achieve in the Legislative Assembly. In this episode, PJ Thum explains how and why associations became the focus of political activity in Singapore, and how they transformed the organisation and practice of politics in Singapore.

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