RHTLaw Taylor Wessing’s Managing Partner Tan Chong Huat shared his views in this week’s topic in the Business Times’ weekly column, Views from the Top.
This article was first published in The Business Times on 28 November 2016.
'Truth' in the eyes of the beholder
NOV 28, 2016 5:50 AM
THIS WEEK'S TOPIC: How should government and society respond to the seeming rise of a post-truth public?
Tan Chong Huat
RHTLaw Taylor Wessing LLP
Singapore will not be spared the post-truth politics that Donald Trump and Brexit exploited. As the globalisation wave strikes nearly every corner of the world and as disruptive technology makes today's jobs irrelevant tomorrow, politicians will find ways to feed off the hunger and the anger of voters.
In fact, Singapore saw shades of post-truth politics in the last presidential elections when two candidates promised a pie-in-the-sky dream. There was an immediate government and media pushback and the two were humiliated at the polls. There is a third weapon: society. It has to be inoculated against possible scheming charlatans as an engaged, educated and enlightened citizenry is the only antidote to poisoned politics. Another observation relates to any false news in the media which requires strict enforcement without fear or favour.
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Partners Wun Rizwi and Jack Ow conducted this portion of the session.
RHTLaw Taylor Wessing congratulates RHT Holdings Chief Executive Officer Jayaprakash Jagateesan on being awarded a Service to Education medallion by the Ministry of Education (MOE).
Prakash received this prestigious award for his role and contribution from being part of the School Advisory Committee and Board Member of government schools. MOE recognised recipients who made significant contributions to schools, working closely with principals, staff and pupils to promote school development, pupil well-being and forging closer relationships between the community and school.
This award is given to members of public who voluntarily serve in local schools. In 2016, a total of 295 members received the Service to Education award.