Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Multiracialism and Politics of Regulating Ethnic Relations in Singapore

This paper examines the implications of regulating ethnic relations through a race-based approach in Singapore. Primarily, the key strategy has been to devise innovative institutions and legal means to repress ethnic politics.

Based on 2011 general elections and 2010 Singapore Census Report, it is argued that two ethnic quota policies specific to elections and public housing, used in conjunction with gerrymandering have dispersed ethnic enclaves, decimated ethnic parties and changed the spatial representation of ethnic minority voters.

Now, with all electoral constituencies consisting of a majority 75 percent Chinese population, Malay and Indian voters are permanently relegated a minority position, both in numbers and in electoral strength.

Read the paper here.