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Serious The Curious Cases of Lucy Davis, Thum Ping-Tjin, Ben Bland

Discussion in 'The Courtyard Café' started by gatehousethetinkertailor, Aug 12, 2017.

  1. gatehousethetinkertailor

    gatehousethetinkertailor Alfrescian Old Timer

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    Embedded within this reflective piece (by another Singaporean born academic) on the Kusama exhibition and civic engagement by academics is a discussion on the fate of Lucy Davis who had her PR cancelled after living here for 14 years seemingly following her death penalty activism and the apparent blacklisting of Thum Ping-Tjin - it also touches on the space for civic engagement but such outlier thinkers in 2017 Singapore:

    "Lucy Davis, an artist and writer. Lucy moved from the UK to Singapore with her parents in 1980, aged ten. She attended CHIJ and then UWC before leaving Singapore, from 1989-97, for university in the UK and Denmark.

    In 2002 Lucy was appointed assistant professor at NTU, and became a Singapore PR under the NAC’s Arts Talent scheme. She grew to become a fixture in our local arts scene.

    I first became acquainted with Lucy’s work when I saw Ten Storey Jungle Fowl, a 3-D mixed media piece that is a commentary on modernity, development and ecology in Singapore (see bottom of this post). It is set along the green corridor at Tanglin Halt, next to a lovely old town and food centre in the process of being redeveloped.

    Better known is her Migrant Ecologies Project. “One investigation involved tracing the historic, genetic, material and poetic biographies of a 1930’s teak bed found in a Singapore karang guni store, back to a location in Southeast Asia [Sulawesi] where the original teak tree may have grown using DNA tracking technology.”

    All very interesting stuff.

    In 2006, upon Lucy’s return to Singapore from an arts conference in Cairo, she was told that her PR re-entry permit had expired and she would henceforth be given only a probationary one-year re-entry pass.

    Over the next few years, she remained in residency purgatory. In 2013, she lost her PR; and in 2016, after 11 years as assistant professor at NTU, even her employment pass renewal was rejected.

    Lucy had first fallen for Singapore as a ten-year-old and had lived here for more than twenty years. Yet, over the course of fourteen years, Singapore downgraded her from PR to foreigner who cannot work here.

    Why? It could be because of her death penalty activism—she co-organised and participated in arts activities on the subject. It could be because in 2003 she was one of several artists and animal-lovers, including current MP Louis Ng, who attempted to rescue street cats during a SARS-related cull.


    "Nobody knows for sure. And so Lucy joined the long line of artists, writers, academics and social activists, local and foreign, forced to leave Singapore. They are many. But we rarely hear about them because they have actually done nothing wrong; their only crime, often, is having unacceptable political views.

    So foreigners like Lucy are booted out; locals like Thum Ping-Tjin, a Singaporean academic, are effectively barred from employment here. Singapore is left only with those people the PAP finds agreeable.

    Yes, of course national security threats, like (we are told) professor Huang Jing, should be dealt with appropriately. But kicking out people simply because one political party doesn’t like them? That cripples us artistically and intellectually.

    For all our recent championing of the arts, one must wonder: is this really a global city in which tomorrow’s Yayoi can thrive?"

    "On banned artists, academics, writers. Thum Ping-Tjin is a fairly famous historian in Singapore. Donald Low and I were delighted that “PJ” could contribute a chapter to a book we co-authored, Hard Choices: Challenging the Singapore Consensus. His chapter, “The old normal is the new normal”, which illustrates the startling similarities between 1950s Singapore and today’s Singapore, is one of our favourites.

    PJ has told me that he has been blacklisted by universities in Singapore, most probably for his revisionist historical views. As we know, it is folly to challenge the official PAP narrative (unless you bag a few Eisners along the way…).

    OxleyGate exposed the stupidity of keeping somebody like PJ out of the country. During the entire saga, Singapore’s much vaunted policy and journalistic cabal failed to produce much intelligent, deep analysis. Instead it was left to PJ, based thousands of miles away in the UK where he can work, to give the most articulate and candid breakdown, on camera to Reuters.

    There are too many others to mention all. You probably know about Cherian George. You probably don’t know about Ben Bland. Ben was a freelancer in Singapore in 2008-09. He wrote for, among other publications, The Economist and The Straits Times. I had just started freelancing for the former at the time, and so found out that Ben’s visa renewal had, after a year, been rejected. No reason given.

    Most people suspect it is because Ben wrote for the Asia Sentinel, a supposedly taboo publication. And so, just like that, Singapore lost a very good journalist who has, for the past few years, been writing beautifully for the Financial Times.

    Just not in Singapore. Shame
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    https://sudhirtv.com/2017/08/10/yayoi-kusama-in-singapore/
     
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    yayoi's polka dot fetish is getting to me. all i see is shit splatter all over the wall.
     
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    If this women has been PR for soo long. Why dont she take up shitizenship? If she no intention to stay..than this cancellation has done her a good thing by encouraging her to go back earlier. And death penalty is a good thing for serious crimes and supported my majority of singkies and goes beyond politics. She is not a citizen and should not impose her left wing bleeding heart liberal garbage agenda where there is no interest locally. And for those countries that outlawed death penalty...they are regretting it now due to cost of life sentences...rise of violent crime...and keeping those that have no hope of rehabilitation alive.

     
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    Below is what I wrote to Ben Bland in 2009 in this forum when he lost his EP. Lucy did not get the message when she got the probationary re-entry in 2006. She lost her PR in 2013 and ask her what she did in 2012. Chua Beng Huat would have the answer behind Lucy's case. There are no-go zones for non-Singaporeans.

     
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    There was are no go zones for Singkies too..but those art pieces are garbage. This sort of rubbish art is only good in ang mor lands...
     
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    It had to do with LGBT issues not art. Incoming expats are told of no go zones by the embassies and company relocation event even if its means just associating with the wrong Singaporeans. There is a reason why Alex Au has gone quiet. They will take it out on his foreign friends.

    Agree on the art.

     
  7. gatehousethetinkertailor

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    Thank you for the additional information - for the benefit of anyone else who may be wondering what had been discussed then: https://singsupplies.com/showthread.php?44092-Asia-Sentinel-Loses-A-S-pore-Correspondent-Ben-Bland

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    As for the role of CBH in the LD saga any pointers?
     
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    Thum never wanted to work in Singapore to begin with.
     
  9. The_Hypocrite

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    LGBT should be a non issue. It's is illegal and will never be condone. Faggots here are not frayed or persecuted. And being a faggot is not normal and should Never be encouraged. But right now these faggots want everything etc and insult the rest. This is a good example of the tyranny of the minority.
     
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    like Hannah Winterbourne and Chelsea Manning
     
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    On the same line of thinking, then why should PR's be allowed to buy HDB flats and enjoy subsidised education and other benefits?
    Why should 1st generation PR's and many new citizens be exempted from NS?
     
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    CBH can be considered the conscious of our society. After the incident with HDB he has more or less focused on academia and he is one of our leading lights in academia without question. Note his age. He however acts as coordinator of sorts for events that pushes the boundaries for participants on social issues and political issues. These can be seminars, books, etc. "Path Not Taken" is an excellent example of his endeavour where key individuals were brought in to handle key issues where lapsed time has allowed sensitivities to subsidise. It answers gaps in our historical narratives and he sure picked the right folks.

    Circa 2012 LGBT influence peddling and pressure groups started to get involved with outsiders and they also have a history of out reaching out to political leaders. When outsiders start getting close to locals expats alarm bells start ringing and some of these outsiders have other agenda. Unfortunately activism is also fad and if you become religious on one cause, you end up involved in other causes. Its amazing how small groups who are highly secretive about its members have even met Shanmugam in his office. Sayoni which some consider predatory by some quarters is an example. So naturally outsiders like to hook on to them. CBH events also becomes convenient mousetraps for the Intelligence services.

    The Intelligence Services have to write a tome before someone is shown the door or old man plain did not like someone. Its usually the former.

    Its usually a culmination of a series of events and sometimes the impacted person has little idea what happened.

     
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    Thank you for the background.
     
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    Why must every fucking foreign troublemaker be in some way linked to fat fuck Kirsten han and Killiney Kopitiam Daughter in law Jennifer Teo.

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    Yup that is why such discriminatory policies against true blue Singkies should end. PRs should never have access to public housing.
     
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    Don't be an academic lah, doesnt help you life or others.

    In any case, see if you can get a job in many countries if you campaign against this and that. Chances are you wont. Hint, some one who drew butt-fucking pictures.
     

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