Singapore Blogger Bends Under Threat of Huge Fine, Jail Term

Singapore Blogger Bends Under Threat of Huge Fine, Jail TermUPDATE: Han Hui Hui, a 24-year-old Singapore dissident, has buckled under to a threat of a S$600,000 fine and jp to 18 years in prison for "scandalizing" the Singapore courts and removed a series of blogs and a Facebook entry from the Internet and apologized to the court for posting them. Singapore still takes no…

Singapore Succession a Troubling Issue

Singapore Succession a Troubling IssueSuddenly, the Singapore government has begun to look vulnerable as it realizes that all the micromanaging it has done to make the island nation a predictable haven, and thus a chart-topper in living standards rankings, can be thwarted by trends beyond its control. Nowhere is this clearer than in its plans for succession. It is…

Singapore Passes Expanded Contempt of Court Law

Singapore Passes Expanded Contempt of Court LawOver the objections of the sister of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and human rights and press organizations, the Singapore Parliament has pushed through a bill widening the ability to bring contempt of court charges against political opponents. The measure, the “Administration of Justice (Protection) Bill,” passed on a straight party line vote after seven…

Singapore Continues War on Dissent

Singapore Continues War on DissentSingapore which already has some of the most stringent contempt of court laws in the democratic world, is apparently about to tighten them further, alarmed human rights activists say, giving the attorney general the ability to bring contempt of court charges against a wide range of individuals or other interests, particularly the press, and hardening…

Singapore’s Opposition Figurehead Trounced Again

Singapore’s Opposition Figurehead Trounced AgainOn April 19, a political analyst in Singapore who declined to be named said opposition leader Chee Soon Juan, a five-time unsuccessful political candidate for office, would have to get 30 to 35 percent of the vote in a by-election in the working-class Bukit Batok district to remain a viable political leader. Chee was trounced…

A Veteran Singaporean Foe Challenges the PAP

A Veteran Singaporean Foe Challenges the PAPOn March 12, David Ong, a People’s Action Party MP resigned his seat in the Bukit Batok constituency of Singapore when the husband of his lover and campaign volunteer, Wendy Lim, lodged a complaint and the subsequent publicity drove him from both the office and the ruling PAP. That has opened the door for a…

An Icon of Singaporean Resistance Dies

An Icon of Singaporean Resistance DiesSaid Zahari, a onetime leading journalist who was one of an extraordinary group of anti-colonialists who became implacable foes of the late Lee Kuan Yew, the patriarch of modern Singapore, has died in Malaysia at age 88. Arrested in February of 1963 under the colonial-era Preservation of Public Security Ordinance in the infamous Operation Coldstore…

Singapore’s Lawsuit-Happy Lee Family

Singapore’s Lawsuit-Happy Lee FamilyThe current squabble going on in Singapore between the children of patriarch Lee Kuan Yew, who died last April, is yet another indication, if any were needed, of the extraordinary litigiousness of the Lee family, which now seems to be caught in its own embarrassments, and which included a marathon pursuit of a British neurologist…

Singapore Extends Crackdown on Internet Journalism

Singapore Extends Crackdown on Internet JournalismYang Kaiheng, the 27-year-old editor of a now-defunct website called The Real Singapore is expected to go on trial next week after his pregnant wife and co-defender, Ai Takagi, was sentenced to 10 months in jail on March 23 despite pleading guilty on sedition charges and apologizing. If the sentence for Takagi, an Australian citizen,…

Singapore Threatens Online News Site

Singapore Threatens Online News SiteThe Online Citizen, Singapore’s longest-running independent online news site, harried by the government and denounced in Parliament, is clearly facing a crisis. The website has run out of funds and is being operated as a one-man show by its 34-year-old editor, Terry Xu, who hasn’t been paid for four or five months, he says. At…
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