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Singapore’s founding myths vs freedom

Rodan, G. (2006) Singapore’s founding myths vs freedom. Far Eastern Economic Review, October . pp. 13-17.

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THE Singapore government hoped for significant returns when it invested approximately $85 million to host the September 2006 meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. And this seemed like a reasonable expectation. After all, the 16,000 delegates represented a captive audience to promote the Singapore’s finance and tourism industries.

What transpired, however, was a public-relations disaster for the ruling People’s Action Party. Singapore’s extensive curbs on political expression were to consume much of the international media attention before and during the meetings.

Item Type: Non-refereed Article
Murdoch Affiliation: Asia Research Centre
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