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I started with a short story Dinosaur and a Cockroach, which won a prize at a National Short Story writing competition. That story was a political parody, using group of SCHOOL BOYS to reflect on a Government leadership.
After two decades of writing, this culminated in two novels : (1) Escape to Temasek, and (2) Fall of Singapura. These two novels depict ancient Singapura in a politically sensitive manner, reversing (re-interpreting) the established narrative that Singapore was nothing but a mere Malay fishing village until the arrival of Stamford Raffles, a narrative made all the ore compelling by decades of struggle against communist activists funded by China.
After fifty years of independence, death of the Malayan Communist Party, and the passing of an era, this Malay centric narrative is ripe for new voices. Hence, if international readers may find these two novels entertaining, Singaporeans may find them shocking fresh (and bold).
Interests: Historical fiction, Singapore history, South Seas history
Published writer: Yes