When Albert joined BCM he told me how Singaporeans were looking to create a national identity beyond that of a smart metropolitan transport and trading hub. For him the future of the small island of Pulau Ubin – a remnant of the old Singaporean landscape – was central to this cause.
He felt a sense of dissatisfaction with the conduct of the government’s public consultation on the island’s future and decided to make this the topic of his dissertation. It turned out to be a wonderful piece of action research that resulted in a two hour meeting with the Minister responsible and an invitation to join the committee overseeing Pulau Ubin’s future.
In August Albert called in to see me and kindly agreed to share his dissertation story via this video interview.
I ran out of memory on my iPhone so we continued the interview in the MSc coffee room.