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Mr Mahbubani – our cynicism flows from institutional failings

When you are the dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, there must be a compelling urge to defend the integrity of Singapore’s public institutions. Indeed, it appears to be exactly that task to which former Singaporean diplomat Kishore Mahbubani dedicated many column inches in Saturday’s Straits Times, through a rambling piece that ranged from the escape of Mas Selamat to the death of Shane Todd via the spectre of rioting inspired by MRT breakdowns. It is hard to find a central theme that could turn this disjointed flotilla of an article into a meaningful intellectual force, but many words were dedicated to a cynicism detected in the blogosphere regarding Singapore’s public institutions.

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