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‘Proud of What, Exactly?’

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Singaporeans are encouraged to be proud of Singapore being the host of the 'historical' Trump-Kim summit by commentators in the local press but what exactly should one be proud of?

by Alfian Sa'at

I thought I would be indifferent to this clown show that's come to town – a meeting between two egomaniacs, each one using Singapore as a base from which they will project fantasy versions of themselves. Trump as Nobel Peace Prize-coveting foreign policy dealmaker, Kim as important enough to have a tête-à-tête with the US President.

There's a domestic audience that both are maniacally mugging for, and of course they would be most comfortable in an environment not only manicured and frictionless, but where any form of dissent will have been weeded out by a pliant, obsequious host. No protests, no marches, no turned backs; instead they are treated to wefies and an early birthday cake – all the better to forget that one is a p*ssy-grabbing white nationalist demagogue and another a Stalinist dictator who has ordered the execution of his political enemies by firing........

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