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Singapore's presidential poll

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25 August 2011 17:17

At the Lowy Institute New Voices conference last Friday, Hamish McDonald, of the 6.30 with George Negus program, made an uncomfortable comparison. While England's press covers French, German and wider European politics, very few in the Australian press do the same for Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore or others in Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

So, in the spirit of being a problem solver, here's a useful primer for Singapore's 27 August presidential elections from the Center for Strategic and International Studies:

This race comes at a critical juncture in Singapore politics because it is taking place after parliamentary elections in May in which the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) lost an unprecedented six seats to the opposition Workers Party, its poorest election performance since independence in 1965. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said after the elections that 'many wish for the government to adopt a different style and approach. [The elections] mark a distinct shift in our political landscape.

To keep up with events in Singapore, I recommend the Straits Times and blogs such as Singapore Surf and The Singapore Daily. We'll also run some post-election analysis here on The Interpreter.

Finally, if you're associated with a Australian media organisation and are providing coverage of Southeast Asian politics, let us know at the email address below. We'd love to give you a plug for your hard work.

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Steel Wool.

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