Diplomat ‘cannot recognise’ the Singapore painted by Kirsten Han in The NY Times
Singapore’s ambassador to the US rebutted a New York Times opinion piece by freelance journalist Kirsten Han, saying she portrayed Singapore as an “authoritarian paradise, where critics of the government are squelched and drug traffickers are hanged”. Mr Ashok Kumar Mirpuri said that he could not recognise the country Ms Han described in her March 29 article, titled “What Trump is Learning from Singapore – and Vice Versa”. Ms Han wrote that US President Donald Trump and the Singapore Government are seemingly drawing lessons from each other on two issues. The first was Mr Trump’s reported interest in learning more about Singapore’s approach to drug trafficking, which includes the death penalty. The second was a Singapore parliamentary committee set up to mull over ways to tackle deliberate online falsehoods, or “fake news”, which she said hint at “new restrictions on the media”.