Alex Tan, the editor of the States Times Review (STR) – a news website and Facebook page that covers Singapore politics with a pronounced anti-establishment stance – announced a succession plan of sorts in a post yesterday, pointing his readers to a new website and Facebook page titled ‘Singapore Herald’.
Speaking of his successor, Tan said he had been approached by a Toronto-based reader who chose not to reveal his identity and who wished to continue the STR’s work.
A sceptical Tan said he initially dissuaded the reader, who he claims holds dual citizenship for Singapore and Canada – even though this would seem legally impossible as Singaporeans have to give up their passports when becoming a citizen elsewhere. But Tan now claims to have set up the ‘Singapore Herald’ website for his protege, after having been persuaded of his sincerity.
Tan added: “I am satisfied to say that he is fairly competent, even though he is much younger than I am. He would be solely in-charge of the writing and the IT backend. I will have no editorial rights, nor will I interfere with his editorial.
“I declined to receive a single cent from him, even though he offered me S$10,000 to set up a similar site to STR.”
Tan also said he was permanently settled in Australia and added on the comments thread that the STR Facebook page would be taken down on November 23.
The announcement comes in the wake of The States Times Review page being banned by the Singapore government over an article that was deemed baseless and defamatory. While the site was still accessible over some networks in the city, the ban has not been officially revoked.