Asia Centre’s Interviews 2016-2018

Panel discussion – Fake News The Menace

On 5 December 2018, The Shilong Times published  a report on the panel of  “Fake News – The Menace”, where the regional director Dr James Gomez was a speaker .The event was organised by social enterprises Jookto and Nagrik Mancha Shillong at on 4 December at Shillong Club.
The discussions on fake news both in Guwahati and Shillong were reported in the local vernacular and English press.

Role of ASEAN in the refugee crisis

On 5 November 2018, Dr. Gomez was interviewed by Lynda Chanwai-Earle, a researcher from Asia Media Centre at the Asia New Zealand Foundation. Key issues discussed about the Rohingya refugee crisis included forced migration, human trafficking and regional resistance to engage.

Read full article here.

Dr Gomez speaks to ABC News on the Rohingya Refugees

On 28 September 2018, Dr. James Gomez spoke to the ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) from Tokyo on the Rohingya issue after the Canadian parliament voted to strip Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi of honorary citizenship.

Watch the video here.

Halimah Yacob takes on the role of the President of Singapore

On 13 September 2017, Dr Robin Ramcharan, Executive Director was interviewed by Agencia EFE, a Spanish News Agency, on his comments of the change in constitutional roles as Halimah Yacob takes on the role of the President of Singapore. He welcomes the change in a male dominated political role and says becuase of her work as an MP in women’s issues and the Muslim community will make her transition to becoming the president smoother.

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Lee Family Feud – Larger Significance?

On July 2017, Dr Robin Ramcharan, Executive Director, spoke to BFM 89.9. The Business Station regarding the younger siblings of Singapore’s prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong who had released a six page statement accusing the premier of betraying the legacy of their father, Lee Kuan Yew. Dr Ramcharan questions whether this has a larger political consequence.

Listen here

Singapore PM Lee is engaged in a very public spat with his siblings over their father’s will

Dr Robin Ramcharan, Executive Director was interviewed by the ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) in regard to the family spat of the younger siblings of the Singaporean Prime Minister. He comments this family spat is not ordinary as it concerns the trajectory of the state.

Sarakadee Magazine interview of Dr. James Gomez 

In October 2016, Dr James Gomez was interviewed by Mr Sujane Kanparit for Sarakadee Magazine. He talked about his previous political engagement when he studied at the National University of Singapore in the late 1980s and his political campaigns in the 2000s. His main argument was that in order to understand Singapore, we must first understand Mainland China as political culture of Singapore has been influenced by Chinese tradition of being conservative and self-censorship. Dr Gomez also introduced Asia Centre as part of his academic contribution which aims to connect people in Southeast Asian region for intellectual exchanges.