Main news on Singapore


14 FEBRUARY 2018

Singapore economy clocks faster-than-expected growth of 3.6% in 2017

The Singapore economy grew 3.6 per cent last year, faster than initial estimates of 3.5 per cent, according to data released by the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) on Wednesday (Feb 14)

23 JANUARY 2018

Major investments planned, says PM Lee as Singapore signs FTA with Sri Lanka

While Sri Lanka is in the process of negotiating free trade agreements (FTA) with several partners, Singapore is the first to complete one with them and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said he is “very glad” that negotiations went smoothly

26 DECEMBER 2017

Recalling Singapore’s forgotten unions

The long-ruling People’s Action Party first rose to power on the back of the working class – a once strong, now politically co-opted constituency

24 NOVEMBER 2017

Johor sultan supports Malaysia’s Pedra Branca challenge

Johor Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar has voiced his support for Malaysia’s move to apply for a revision of the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) decision relating to the sovereignty of Pedra Branca, Middle Rocks and South Ledge

5 OCTOBER 2017

No reason for Singapore to cut military ties with Taiwan, sources say

Singapore has no reason to end its military training programme with Taiwan even though the city state has strengthened military ties with Beijing, sources and observers say


Singapore and China to deepen defence ties with more bilateral exercises

Singapore and China will further deepen military ties, such as through stepping up bilateral exercises between the two countries’ navies and armies


Singapore to promote stronger Asean-China cooperation: PM Lee Hsien Loong

Singapore will promote stronger Asean-China cooperation during its chairmanship of the regional grouping next year, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said at a meeting with Premier Li Keqiang on Tuesday (Sept 19), the first day of his visit to China


Malay woman set to be Singapore president

Singapore is likely to have its first female president, with only one candidate qualifying Monday for an election limited to members of the minority Malay community

12 AUGUST 2017

Singapore committed to long-term relationship with Indonesia: DPM Teo

Singapore is committed to a long-term relationship with Indonesia and has worked on a good agenda for the upcoming Leaders’ Retreat next month, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said on Saturday (Aug 12) as he wrapped up a two-day working visit to Jakarta

14 JUNE 2017

Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong denounced by siblings

The younger siblings of Singapore’s prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, have launched a scathing personal and political attack on him, saying they have lost confidence in him as a leader and accusing their “big brother omnipresent” of abusing his power

12 JUNE 2017

First woman detained for radicalism in Singapore after she planned to join Islamic State

Police in Singapore have detained a preschool assistant who shared pro-Islamic State group materials online and intended to travel to Syria, their first arrest of a female Singaporean citizen alleged to be a sympathizer of the radical group, the Home Affairs Ministry said Monday

2 JUNE 2017

Singapore and China reaffirm defence ties on sidelines of Shangri-La Dialogue

Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen met the leader of the Chinese delegation at this year’s Shangri-La Dialogue on Friday (June 2), as Singapore and China reaffirm « the warm and friendly bilateral defence relationship », which has steadily progressed over the years

25 MARCH 2017

 US gives asylum to Singapore teen dissident

Singaporean teen dissident Amos Yee has been granted asylum in the United States after a ruling that his prosecution and detention in the island state amounted to political persecution

20 FEBRUARY 2017

Singapore Budget 2017 aims for innovative economy, quality environment and inclusive society

The Government’s Budget statement for financial year 2017 was delivered on Monday (Feb 20) by Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat who outlined three main themes of economy, environment and society

24 JANUARY 2017

Hong Kong to return seized armoured vehicles to Singapore

Hong Kong has agreed to return nine Singaporean armoured vehicles that it seized in transit from Taiwan two months ago, but is likely to prosecute the shipping company responsible

22 JANUARY 2017

Are China-Singapore relations about to thaw?

Foreign policy experts say bilateral ties look likely to thaw sooner rather than later after Chinese Vice-Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin’s ( 劉振民 ) visit to the island republic this week for a scheduled meeting with its foreign policy bureaucrats


Singapore PM Lee asks Hong Kong leader for immediate return of sized military vehicules

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has asked Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung for the immediate return of the military vehicles that have been held at a Hong Kong port since November, said Singapore Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen in Parliament


8 things you should know about Singapore’s wealth gap

The gap between the wealthy and the poor is widening, and in countries like Singapore it is more and more being recognised as a cause for concern

28 NOVEMBER 2016

China lodges protest with Singapore after military vehicles seized by Hong Kong customs

The row between China and Singapore over the impounding of the city state’s military vehicles in Hong Kong escalated as Beijing lodged a diplomatic protest ­on Monday

7 OCTOBER 2016

Indonesia moves closer to ratifying maritime border treaty with Singapore

Indonesian lawmakers are in the final stages of ratifying a treaty demarcating the maritime boundaries in the eastern stretch of the Singapore Strait

4 OCTOBER 2016

PM Lee meets Modi, says Singapore and India committed to deepening ties

Singapore and India are committed to deepening their bilateral relationship and are keen to work together in several areas such as developing smart cities and skills training, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong after meeting with his India counterpart Narendra Modi on Tuesday (Oct 4)

1 OCTOBER 2016

What’s really making Beijing angry with Singapore?

The argument between Singapore’s ambassador to China and the editor-in-chief of the nationalistic Chinese tabloid Global Times is less about specific actions and deeds as it is about Beijing’s growing disappointment with the tiny Asian city-state


Singapore’s Road to Multiculturalism

A national poll released a few weeks ago found most Singaporeans try to live out multiracial ideals and believe in meritocracy. More than seven in 10 Singaporeans believe personal success is independent of race or ethnicity

22 AUGUST 2016

Singapore Former President S R Nathan dies, aged 92

Singapore’s longest-serving president S R Nathan has died peacefully at Singapore General Hospital at 9.48pm, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement on Monday night (Aug 22). He was 92.

29 JULY 2016

Singapore will continue to help US engage Asia: Foreign Minister Balakrishnan

Ahead of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s official visit to the United States, Foreign Affairs Minister Dr Vivian Balakrishnan spoke to Channel NewsAsia’s Nicholas Fang on the significance of the visit. In the first part, Dr Balakrishnan discussed the deep bilateral ties between Singapore and the US. In the second part of the interview, he discussed the future of the relationship between the two countries, and Singapore’s role in helping the US engage Asia.

18 JULY 2016

Singapore, Malaysia to mark ‘significant milestone’ with high-speed rail MoU

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his Malaysian counterpart Prime Minister Najib Razak will witness the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail (HSR) project on Tuesday (July 19) in Putrajaya, Malaysia

22 JUNE 2016

Singapore puts purchase of US$1 billion military chopper on hold after Super Puma crash

Singapore has delayed a decision on a US$1 billion helicopter purchase after the crash in April of a civilian Airbus Super Puma whose military version was the front-runner to clinch the order, sources familiar with the matter said

16 MAY 2016

The lion and the kangaroo: Australia’s strategic partnership with Singapore

 In this Lowy Institute Analysis, International Security Program Director Dr Euan Graham examines the strategic value and potential of the Australia–Singapore Comprehensive Strategic Partnership

3 MAY 2016

In Singapore, eight Bangladeshis detained under Internal Security Act

The eight were members of a clandestine group called Islamic State in Bangladesh, and were planning attacks in Bangladesh, says the Ministry of Home Affairs.

29 APRIL 2016

Singapore Boosts Ties With Israel in Historic Visit

In part due sensitivities about how such a visit might be seen by Singapore’s larger, Muslim-majority neighbors, a visit by a Singaporean leader has never taken place despite the extremely close security cooperation between both countries. The visit is the first by a Singaporean Prime Minister since diplomatic ties were established between both countries in 1969

6 APRIL 2016

Singapore’s migrant domestic workers face food rationing, long hours and sexual abuse

More than 230,000 migrant women are employed in the city-state of Singapore

14 MARCH 2016

Singapore versus Hong Kong

Singapore and Hong Kong have long been rivals for the crown of Asia’s best city. But Singapore has now crept well ahead of Hong Kong, a trend that is bound to continue, writes John West.

25 FEBRUARY 2016

Singapore is Asia’s best city for expats, says new Survey

An annual survey measuring quality of living ranked Singapore as the top city in Asia, and 26th globally out of 230 cities.

24 FEBRUARY 2016

Singapore economy grew 2% in 2015, weakest since 2009

The Republic’s economy expanded by 2 per cent in 2015, the weakest annual growth since 2009 when the economy was hit by the global financial crisis, according to figures released by the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) on Wednesday (Feb 24).

28 JANUARY 2016

Lee Hsien Loong says Singapore will allow more opposition lawmakers

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has mooted several changes in the republic’s political system, which include changes to the Non-Constituency Member of Parliament (NCMP) scheme, the Group Representation Constituencies (GRC) system, and the Elected Presidency system

27 JANUARY 2016

Singapore remains least corrupt country in Asia; North Korea most corrupt

Singapore is still the least corrupt country in Asia, while North Korea remains the most corrupt, according to anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) for 2015.

20 JANUARY 2016

Singapore deported 27 men who planned Jihad in Bangladesh

27 male Bangladeshi nationals who were radicalised and supported extremist beliefs have been arrested under the Internal Security Act.


Singapore Ups Commitment to Host US Military Facilities

Singapore continues to double down as recipient and benefactor of the US tilt to Asia, jointly announcing on Dec. 7 – the anniversary of the destruction of the US fleet by the Japanese at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii in 1941 – that it is adding Poseidon P8-A spy planes to an already formidable US presence on the island


US agrees spy plane deployment in Singapore amid China tensions

The United States has agreed with Singapore on a first deployment of the US P8 Poseidon spy plane in Singapore this month, in a fresh response to China over its pursuit of territorial claims in the South China Sea

25 NOVEMBER 2015

Singapore lifts ban on 240 publications

Singapore’s conservative government has lifted a ban on 240 publications, ranging from communist material to adult content


China President Xi Jinping arrives in Singapore for state visit

Chinese President Xi Jinping has arrived in Singapore on Friday (Nov 6) evening, kick-starting his two-day state visit to mark 25 years of diplomatic relations and to launch new initiatives for bilateral cooperation

28 OCTOBER 2015

Singapore still the easiest place to do business

Singapore has held on to its decade-long place at the top of the World Bank’s rankings of the easiest place to do business, according to the latest Survey


Singapore election: Governing party secures decisive win

Singapore’s ruling party romped to a strong election victory on Friday and increased its share of the vote and seat tally as it brushed off an opposition challenge in the city state’s most hotly contested polls


Singapore PAP faces fight for every seat for first time

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s ruling People’s Action Party will face a fight from opposition candidates in all 89 parliamentary seats for the first time since independence 50 years ago, nominations showed yesterday

25 AUGUST 2015

Singapore’s parliament is dissolved to prepare for a Sept 11 general election

Singapore’s parliament is dissolved to prepare for a general election as prime minister Lee Hsien Loong seeks a fresh mandate from voters worried over immigration and the high cost of living in a slowing economy

31 JULY 2015

Singapore’s Perpetual Rulers Prep for Early Polls

Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is gearing up for a general election later this year, despite the fact that under the country’s parliamentary system they do not have to be held until January 2017. It will be a watershed vote, the first since the death of the country’s founder Lee Kuan Yew and coming as the country marks its 50th anniversary

24 JULY 2015

US blacklists Singapore shipping company over NKorea links

The U.S. Treasury Department has blacklisted a Singapore-based shipping company for allegedly supporting a North Korean firm accused of illicit weapon shipments.

29 JUNE 2015

Singapore, Australia signs comprehensive strategic partnership

Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott sign a joint declaration on the comprehensive strategic partnership that will witness enhanced cooperation in trade and economics, foreign affairs, defense and security

25 JUNE 2015

Fugitive ex-S’pore MP returns to face charges after 35 years

After more than three decades on the run since being accused of criminal breach of trust (CBT), former MP Phey Yew Kok, who was once one of Singapore’s most powerful unionists, has come out of hiding. On Monday, he gave himself up at the Singapore Embassy in Bangkok after 35 years as a fugitive

25 MAY 2015

Singapore, China complete inaugural bilateral naval exercise

Singapore and China’s navies complete their first-ever four-day Exercise Maritime Cooperation, which involves the RSS Intrepid, the RSS Valiant and the Yulin frigate.

18 MAY 2015

Singapore and French ties get stamp of approval

In Paris, the Presidents of Singapore and France witness the signing of six Memorandums of Understanding and unveil a special stamp issue marking 50 years of friendship between the two countries.

14 MAY 2015

Iran navy ‘fired on Singapore ship’

Iranian Revolutionary Guard forces fired warning shots at a Singapore-flagged commercial ship in the Gulf on Thursday, before vessels from the United Arab Emirates came to the ship’s aid

5 MARCH 2015

Singapore arrests 2 for protest outside PM’s office

Two Singaporean men have been arrested for staging a weekend protest outside the government complex that houses the offices of the president and prime minister

29 MARCH 2015

Singapore holds funeral of long-time leader Lee Kuan Yew

More than 415,000 out of the 3.9 million residents living in Singapore have made the trip to Parliament House to pay their respects to the late Lee Kuan Yew, independent Singapore’s first prime minister. They have had to queue for up to 10 hours over the past several days

23 MARCH 2015

Singapore’s founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, dies at 91

Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s first prime minister and architect of the tiny Southeast Asian city-state’s rapid rise from British tropical outpost to global trade and financial centre, died on Monday, aged 91

New opposition party SingFirst unveils leadership team

The newest opposition party in town, Singaporeans First (SingFirst), unveiled its leadership team at a dinner last night to celebrate its inauguration

4 MARCH 2015

Singapore has the best quality-of-living standards in Asia: Mercer report

Singapore is ranked first in Asia and 26th globally in terms of quality-of-living standards, according to the Mercer 2015 Quality of Living Rankings. The Austrian city of Vienna came in tops overall

3 MARCH 2015

Singapore world’s most expensive city for expats

Singapore has retained the position of the world’s most expensive city for expatriates for the second successive year, according to a survey conducted the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)

18 FEBRUARY 2015

US to base four warships in Singapore as China flexes military muscles

The four combat ships are designed to fight in coastal areas and represent further signs of America’s military tilt to Asia


EU-Singapore FTA may not come into force in 2015: PM Lee

Singapore firms eyeing expansion plans in Europe may have to wait a little longer for improved market access. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said he is « not absolutely confident » the EU-Singapore FTA can come into force this year

10 JANUARY 2015

Tentative but no fundamental change in Singapore

Singapore’s economy continues to impress, even with some potential storm clouds on the horizon. The government’s response to calls for greater equity and accountability will determine the extent of trust and credibility it has with the populace. Current measures remain inadequate

21 DECEMBER 2014

Malaysia to charge S$7.60 entry fee for foreign vehicles from Singapore

Motorists with foreign-registered vehicles entering Johor Bahru from Singapore will have to pay a Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) fee of RM20 (S$7.55) from the middle of next year


Singapore signs Arms Trade Treaty

Singapore signed the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) at the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs in New York on Friday (Dec 5).

20 NOVEMBER 2014

PSA, Port of Singapore and CAG win top honours at Supply Chain Asia Awards

PSA Singapore, which was named Container Terminal of the year, beat four contenders including those from Hong Kong and Shanghai. Its parent, Port of Singapore, won Asia Container Port of the Year, while Changi Airport Group took home the Asia Air Cargo Port of the Year award.

14 NOVEMBER 2014

China, Singapore to widen military ties

Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan and Minister of National Defence of Singapore Ng Eng Hen on Friday held talks and reached a four-point consensus.


A sustainable future for Singapore

As part of a review of the Sustainable Singapore Blueprint, the Government will spend S$1.5 billion on rolling out programmes to create a cleaner and greener Singapore.


Singapore PM wins defamation suit

Singapore’s High Court ruled Friday that an activist defamed Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong by accusing him in a blog of misappropriating state pension funds.


Like Hong Kong, Singapore needs democracy

Editor’s note: Dr. Chee Soon Juan is the secretary-general of the Singapore Democratic Party. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.


Singapore 1st in Asean to fight IS

Singapore will contribute military personnel and equipment to the US-led coalition combating Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, becoming the first Southeast Asian nation to join the effort.

29 OCTOBER 2014

Singapore is « the best country in the world » for business and enterprise 

For the ninth consecutive year the Asian city-state takes first place in the special list drawn up by the World Bank. « Business-friendly », it takes two days to open a business and four to import containers. Hong Kong in third place, South Korea fifth.

S’pore’s court rules that law that criminalises sex between men is constitutional

Singapore’s Court of Appeal has ruled that Section 377A of the Penal Code, which criminalises sex between men, is constitutional.–66699.html

27 OCTOBER 2014

China launches direct currency trading with Singapore

China officially announced direct currency trading with Singapore in China Foreign Exchange Trade System on Monday, marking another important push forward for China and Singapore’s economic ties.

8 OCTOBER 2014

Why Singapore will not replicate Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests

On 27 September, hundreds of people staged a ‘Return Our Central Provident Fund’ (CPF) protest rally at Hong Lim Park, Singapore. Simultaneously in Hong Kong, the Occupy Central movement, morphed into a bigger and broader pro-democracy ,The supposed similarities have led some to ask will — or when will — Singapore do a ‘Hong Kong’? The short answer is it won’t. There are three main reasons why the protests in Hong Kong will not be replicated in Singapore.


Singapore Government on alert for Bash aka Shellshock bug threat

The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore says it is closely monitoring the Bash bug situation. At least one financial institution, OCBC Bank says it has stepped up surveillance for possible exploits, although its websites are « not susceptible » to the vulnerability.


Singapore population now at 5.47 million, slowest growth in 10 years

Singapore’s population grew at its slowest pace in a decade in the one year to June 2014, due to a slow down in the inflow of foreign workers.


Singapore PM and Hong Kong leaders reaffirm strong ties

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong met Hong Kong political and business leaders yesterday in his first trip to the city since 2001.


Singapore Bans Local Documentary on Political Exiles

Singapore on Wednesday banned a local documentary about nine dissidents living in exile, saying its contents undermined national security.


Singapore, Indonesia agree on borders

Singapore and Indonesia have agreed on their maritime boundaries in the eastern part of the Strait of Singapore and will sign a treaty during president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s three-day state visit to Singapore, which starts today

24 AUGUST 2014

35,000 older workers earn less than US$800 in Singapore

The number of older workers taking home less than S$1,000 (US$800) a month in Singapore has doubled to nearly 35,000 over the past decade, according to figures from the Ministry of Manpower$800-in-Singa-63722.html

3 AUGUST 2014

More Singaporeans moving to Hong Kong to work

Some high-profile names have joined the latest wave of Singaporeans who have moved to Hong Kong for various reasons

12 JULY 2014

Singapore libraries to destroy copies of gay penguin book

State-run libraries in Singapore have deemed a children’s book about two male penguins raising a baby chick inappropriate and are to destroy all copies following complaints the content was against the city-state’s family values.

28 JUNE 2014

Singapore gay rally draws thousands amid controversy

An annual gay rally in Singapore has drawn thousands amid an unprecedented backlash from religious groups.

10 JUNE 2014

Singapore firm charged over arms smuggling to North Korea

A shipping company registered in Singapore is charged in connection with the transfer of financial assets and resources that could have been used to contribute to North Korea’s nuclear weapons program

13 MAY 2014

Can civil society influence policies?

21 APRIL 2014

Singapore needs to address its treatment of migrant workers

Unrest is spreading among Singapore’s migrants over working conditions. How can a country of millionaires justify failing to act?

16 APRIL 2014

Singapore accepts Indonesia apology over warship row

Singapore on Wednesday welcomed an apology from Indonesia’s military chief over the naming of a warship after two marines who staged a deadly bombing in the city-state in 1965

6 MARCH 2014

Singapore to buy Airbus refuelling tankers for air force

Singapore said Thursday it would replace its ageing KC-135R air refuelling tankers made by US firm Boeing with Airbus’s A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft

4 MARCH 2014

Singapore most expensive city in the world: study

Singapore is now the most expensive city in the world, according to the latest study by the Economist Intelligence Unit. This is mainly due to the strong Singapore dollar and the high cost of cars, utilities and clothes, the research firm said

21 FEBRUARY 2014

Singapore’s Foreigner Problem

Does Singapore have a problem with xenophobia? It seems that barely a month goes by these days without news reports highlighting friction between Singaporeans and foreign workers in the tiny, multi-ethnic city-state.

15 FEBRUARY 2014

Singapore and Indonesia: An Uneasy Coexistence?

It is time for the two neighbors to move beyond historical grievances.

11 FEBRUARY 2014

Taiwan defence minister visiting Singapore

Taiwan’s defence minister is visiting Singapore to shore up military relations which were reportedly damaged after his predecessor’s visit in 2012 was publicly disclosed, a military source and local media said Tuesday.

10 FEBRUARY 2014

Indonesia, Singapore row worsens

Tension between Indonesia and Singapore over the naming of an Indonesian Navy ship has risen, with officials from the Defence Ministry cancelling a planned visit to the city-state to attend the Singapore Airshow. The Defence Ministry made the move following the Singaporean government’s sudden decision to cancel a scheduled bilateral meeting on the two countries’ defence cooperation–56944.html


Indonesia naming ship after MacDonald House bombers « would reopen old wounds »

Singapore has sent a strong signal to Indonesia that it opposes the naming of an Indonesian warship after two marines who carried out the bombing of MacDonald House in Singapore in 1965.

17 DECEMBER 2013

Singapore deports foreign workers after riots

City state to send 53 South Asian workers home for their role in clashes sparked by the death of an Indian migrant.


Hundreds Riot in Singapore’s Little India

Hundreds of South Asian workers rioted in Singapore after being enraged by a fatal road accident in a rare case of public unrest in the wealthy city-state.


Singapore: Little India riot videos

On Sunday night, one neighborhood in the normally law abiding city state of Singapore descended into chaos amid rioting by Indian migrant workers. About 400 people were involved in the riots which were sparked after an Indian worker was hit and killed by a private bus driven by a Singaporean.

25 OCTOBER 2013

Extramarital dating site Ashley Madison ‘not welcome’ in Singapore

Extramarital dating website Ashley Madison has raised social hackles around the world with its promotion of adultery. But in Singapore, its forthcoming launch has been met with staunch opposition, as residents and politicians insist its maxim that « Life is short. Have an affair » is unwelcome in the conservative city-state.

19 OCTOBER 2013

Singapore ‘least bogged down in Asia by bureaucracy’

Singapore’s civil service emerged tops in a survey of 12 Asian economies, for being least encumbered by red tape and concentration of power.


S’pore population growth slowest in 9 years

Singapore’s population grew at its slowest pace in nine years in the 12 months up to June 2013, even as the total fertility rate inched up, according to figures released by the National Population and Talent Division (NPTD)


EU, Singapore Conclude Comprehensive Trade Deal

The European Union and Singapore submitted for approval today (20 September) one of the world’s most comprehensive free trade agreements, which the EU sees as a stepping stone towards a wider deal with southeast Asia.


Singapore police arrest 14 over match-fixing

Police in Singapore have arrested 14 people suspected of being members of an organised crime ring, in the latest match-fixing scandal to hit football.


Singapore after Lee Kuan Yew

At a time not too far distant, Lee Kuan Yew, the font of all authority, legitimacy, orthodoxy and indeed fear in Singapore for over 50 years will no longer be with us. It is thus perhaps appropriate to begin discussing what the absence of Lee Kuan Yew will mean for the Singaporean republic.

11 AUGUST 2013

Changes needed to avert « mid-life crisis »: ESM Goh

Singapore is now at an inflexion point of its development as a society, where there is a need for some changes to avoid a « mid-life crisis », says Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong.

24 JULY 2013

Singapore is one of top 10 most pessimistic countries in the world

According to a poll published by Gallup on 18 Jul 2013, Singaporeans are one of the top 10 most pessimistic in the world about the direction of their lives last year. Nearly 1 in 4 Singaporeans expect their lives in 5 years to be worse than their present lives.

13 JUNE 2013

Singapore official gets jail sentence in sex case

Peter Lim, former commissioner of Singapore’s Civil Defense Force, was found guilty last month of receiving oral sex in May 2010 from a woman who wanted government contracts.                                                                                                                        

30 MAY 2013

Singapore tells M’sian MPs to stay out of its affairs

Singapore has warned Malaysian politicians to stay out of its affairs, in light of the arrests of 21 Malaysians for demonstrating in the island republic.                                                                                     

Singapore Airlines announces $17bn aircraft order from Airbus and Boeing

Singapore Airlines has announced new aircraft orders valued at more than $17bn (£11.3bn) shared between the big two manufacturers, Airbus and Boeing.                                                

12 MAY 2013

Veteran local actor Dai Peng dies from same cancer as Huang Wenyong

Veteran actor Dai Peng, whose real name is Dai Dexin, has passed away at the age of 75 from lymphoma. He died on Sunday afternoon (May 12) at 2.30pm.                                                                                                                                                                          

11 MAY 2013

Police reminds organiser of protest at Speaker’s Corner to comply with laws here

Police on Saturday issued a reminder to social worker Jolovan Wham about his plan to hold a demonstration on Sunday at the Speakers’ Corner.

15 APRIL 2013

Singapore and the US: an extraordinary relationship’ get closer

While Julia Gillard was preparing for her high-profile visit to China, less noticed by the Australian media was a visit to the United States from 1 to 4 April by Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Lee took a senior delegation of ministers and officials and was afforded excellent access: a meeting with President Obama, and calls with the Secretaries of State, Defense and Treasury among others. As Obama put it in his remarks to the media during Lee’s call, the US has an ‘extraordinary relationship’ with Singapore: ‘We have extremely close military cooperation. And I want to thank Singapore for all the facilities that they provide that allow us to maintain our effective Pacific presence.’

22 MACH 2013

On the fast track to a Singapore–Malaysia economic union?

The recent announcement of a high-speed rail link between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, with a commute of only 90 minutes, has raised the prospect of closer economic integration between the two cities.                                                             

17 MARCH 2013

Warming ties between Malaysia and Singapore

Suffice it to say that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his Singapore counterpart Lee Hsien Loong have continuously demonstrated their commitment to building good neighbourly ties between the nations that they are leading.

28 FEBRUARY 2013

Population increases in Singapore: balancing growth and quality-of-life

Singapore’s White Paper on population, issued on January 31 2013, has generated intense debate on the appropriate balance between growth and quality-of-life for Singapore citizens, illustrating the accelerating dilemma between the two faced by Singaporean policymakers and society.

24 FEBRUARY 2013

Should Singapore’s Section 377A be ‘trimmed’?

With two cases challenging Singapore’s anti-gay law pending in the High Court, the country’s Law Minister has met with both LGBT groups and church members to discuss the country’s stance on gay rights. While LGBT advocates want to see Section 377A – which criminalises sex between men – repealed, while conservative church leaders insist that it be retained.                                                                                                                      

16 FEBRUARY 2013

Rare mass rally over Singapore immigration plans

Singaporeans have staged a rare demonstration, in protest at government plans to allow more immigration.                                                                   

28 JANUARY 2013

Singapore’s rulers suffer by-election loss

In a surprise result, Singapore’s long-ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) at the weekend suffered a second consecutive by-election loss since winning the 2011 general election, ceding the island state’s Punggol East seat to the main opposition Workers’ Party. The result saw opposition politician Lee Lu Lian take the Workers’ Party’s seventh seat in parliament, a small but significant win for proponents of a more pluralist political system in the wealthy city-state                                                              

26 JANUARY 2013

WP’s Lee wins Punggol East by-election

Ms Lee Li Lian of the Workers’ Party (WP) has won the Punggol East by-election.                               

7 JANUARY 2013

Politics and power in Singapore

PAP uses clout to deny services to opposition constituency                                                                                   

26 DECEMBER 2012

Singapore in 2012: balancing growth with domestic imperatives

Singapore has continued to skilfully pursue a business location strategy in 2012, the key requirements of which include keeping the share of wages in the national income below the share accruing to capital, and tapping into new commercial opportunities and economic partners.

18 DECEMBRE 2012

Singapore-European Union Conclude Free Trade Agreement

Singapore concluded an agreement with the European Union (EU) this weekend in a deal that will grant both parties improved access to each other’s markets. Singapore is the first Southeast Asian nation to conclude such a deal, with the agreement seeing the EU eliminating tariffs on all imports from Singapore over a five-year period.

21 NOVEMBER 2012

Singapore opposition leader freed from bankruptcy

Prominent Singapore opposition leader Chee Soon Juan has been discharged from bankruptcy, the government said Wednesday, after an unprecedented concession by two former prime ministers to whom he owed about $408,000.


Singaporean Tells China U.S. Is Not in Decline

In an unusual public airing of strategic problems surrounding China’s rise, the prime minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong, warns China that it should view the United States not as a declining power, but as a nation with the ability to innovate and bounce back

How to make more Singaporean babies

How to get Singaporeans to have more babies has become a major part of the debate about this country’s future, and the government is encouraging people to speak out on the issue

26 AUGUST 2012

Singapore to have two more universities

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, in his National Day Rally speech on Sunday, said this will mean that by 2020, 40 per cent of each school-going cohort will be able to have a university education, higher than the current 27 per cent

11 AUGUST 2012

« Enormous » problems if Singaporeans don’t procreate: Lee Kuan Yew

Former Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew has expressed concerns over Singapore’s low fertility rate. Giving some simple statistics, Mr Lee said the Chinese reproduction rate is 1.08 – with two Chinese becoming one in the next generation. For the Indians, the rate is 1.09, and for the Malays – 1.64.

26 JUNE 2012

How Singapore Policed the Foreign Press

A few years ago the word “gazetted” was possibly the most feared word for any publication operating in Asia, especially Southeast Asia. The term described the way the Singaporean government policed the foreign press by selectively curtailing or expanding a publication’s circulation within the island republic.

17 JUNE 2012

As Singapore Loosens Its Grip, Residents Lose Fear to Challenge Authority

Those accustomed to thinking of this booming city-state as a bastion of apolitical strivers and shopaholics might be stunned by the burst of civic activism sweeping this crowded flyspeck of an island.

26 MAY 2012

Workers’ Party wins Hougang by-election

The Workers’ Party (WP) has won the Hougang by-election. Mr Png Eng Huat, 50, chairman of the Hougang Constituency Committee, beat the People Action Party’s Desmond Choo, 34. The final results showed that WP had won the by-election with 13,447 votes, out of a total of 21, 657 votes. It obtained 62.09 per cent of the eligible votes cast. 294 votes were spoilt

6 MARCH 2012

Maids in Singapore to get a weekly day off from 2013

The Singapore government has announced that maids working in the country must get a weekly rest day. The new regulation will take effect from 1 January 2013 and apply to all foreign maids whose work permits are renewed or issued after the date

24 FEBRUARY 2012

Singapore’s Lee Family and Nepotism

Singapore’s ruling Lee family, apparently angered by a comment made on a Singapore-based blog Temasek Review Emeritus, has come down hard, with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, his wife, Ho Ching, his brother Lee Hsien Yang, all demanding apologies for intimating that they have filled top government positions with family members

4 JANUARY 2012

Singapore leaders to take large pay cuts

Singapore’s prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, and senior officials from his government will take a huge pay cut after opposition complaints over their high salaries


Singapore’s population hits 5.18 million

Singapore’s population has reached 5.18 million, up 2.1 per cent from 5.08 million last year. Out of this number, 3.26 million are Singapore citizens and 530,000 are permanent residents. Out of this number, 3.26 million are Singapore citizens
and 530,000 are permanent residents.


Singapore defends a controversial security law permitting arrest and detention without warrant or trial, despite neighbouring Malaysia’s plan to abolish a similar legislation

12 JULY 2011

Singapore ranked 8th most expensive city for expats

Singapore has entered the top 10 list of Mercer’s 2011 cost of living survey, moving up two spots to be ranked the 8th most expensive city for expatriates. Angola’s capital, Luanda, has retained the unenviable title of the world’s most expensive city for expatriates, narrowly edging out
Tokyo, according to the survey published on Tuesday.

JUNE 1, 2011

Khaw Boon Wan is new PAP Party Chairman

The People’s Action Party (PAP) has appointed Mr Khaw Boon Wan, Minister For National Development, as the new chairman of its central
executive commitee (CEC). Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will remain as the secretary-general while the two deputy prime ministers, Mr Teo Chee Hean and Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, will now be the first and second assistant secretary-generals respectively.

27 MAY 2011

Author jailed over Singapore criticism

A British author will spend up to eight weeks in a Singapore jail after a court rejected his appeal against a conviction for contempt of court. Alan Shadrake’s appeal against a sentence of two months, meted out to him last November for what was described by the court as « scandalising » comments in his book, « Once A Jolly Hangman: Singapore Justice in the Dock, was rejected on Friday.

25 MAY 2011

Old wine, old bottle in Singapore

For the first time since Singapore achieved independence, national founder, former prime minister and until now mentor minister Lee Kuan Yew is not among its cabinet line-up. His surprise resignation this month and the composition of the new cabinet announced over the weekend are the result of the ruling People’s Action Party’s (PAP) worst electoral showing since 1966 a disconnect has grown between Lee’s strong style of government

18 MAY 2011

Singapore drops to 3rd place in world competitiveness

Singapore has dropped from first to third place, behind Hong Kong and the United States, in the 2011 World Competitiveness Rankings published by Swiss business school IMD

11 MAY 2011

Analyzing the Singapore Election

A Step on the Long Road to Political Pluralism?

To be sure, the PAP still enjoys overwhelming electoral support and parliamentary supremacy. Even after dropping 6.5 per cent of total votes in this election, it commands a 60.1 per cent approval rating. Under Singapore’s first-past-the-post voting system, aided by gerrymandering, this translates into all but six of the 87 seats in parliament. The political space opened up by the Workers’ Party taking these six seats should thus not be exaggerated

14 APRIL 2011

Singapore Death Book Has a Sympathetic Hearing

Singapore’s government may well be regretting the use of a sledgehammer to crack a small nut, in this case prosecuting the British author of a hitherto obscure, Malaysia-published book critical of the injustices present in the Lion City’s eager use of capital punishment. The case has brought international attention to Singapore’s relatively easy and allegedly discriminatory use of the hangman’s noose in a way that casts doubt
on its preferred image as a state that is strict but fair. The Court of Appeal has reserved judgment on the appeal by author Alan Shadrake against a six-week prison term and a S$20,000 fine for contempt of court relating to passages in his book: « Once a Jolly Hangman: Singapore Justice in the dock. » It was argued that Shadrake had deliberately impugned the impartiality and integrity of the Singapore judiciary with his book

1 APRIL 2011

Singapore: the Maid, the Pack and the Soldier

The country goes a little nutty after a maid is seen carrying a soldier’s backpack. The Singapore Armed Forces announced Thursday that it would conduct military exercises in several Singapore sectors between April 4 and April 11, blank rounds and « thunderflashes » are to be used, according to the dispatch from the front.


Singapore PM: Reproduce in Year of Rabbit

As Singaporeans usher in the Year of the Rabbit, Singapore’s prime minister hopes citizens will follow the fertile animal’s example and reproduce. In his annual Chinese New Year message Wednesday February 2, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong noted that Singapore’s fertility rate fell to an all-time low of 1.16 percent in 2010 and urged couples to have more babies. Despite financial incentives offered by the government, Singapore
citizens face a population shortfall, a problem that is « extremely challenging, » Lee said.

22 JANUARY 2011

Here is a serie of very interesting TV interviews of Lee Kuan Yew (history of Singapore, private life..)

20 JANUARY 2011

Singapore’s flawed ‘freedom’

What do you call a country that takes 35% of salaries to finance a state investment fund run by the prime minister’s wife? Where the government controls companies responsible for 60% of gross domestic product and 85% of its citizens live in public housing? And a country with stringent
restrictions on the media and public information, limits on freedom of expression and assembly, and courts that help perpetuate the domination of the only ruling party the country has ever known?

You call it the second-freest economy on Earth if you’re the Heritage Foundation and Wall Street Journal.


Singapore’s population could shrink by half in 20 years

Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew said that Singapore’s population could shrink by half in 20 years if we do not ‘replace ourselves’.

25 AUGUST 2010

Singaporean arrested after Facebook attack on government

In a statement, police said they had arrested a « man in his late 20s » on Tuesday « in connection with investigations into offences related to incitement of violence ».

17 MAY 2010

PM Lee on Nepotism and his father’s legacy


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