Singapore Seeks to Rig Another Election

Singapore Seeks to Rig Another ElectionIn 2011, the popular Tony Tan Keng Yam, 67, whose distinguished career as a Singapore public official included membership in parliament, deputy prime minister, minister of defense, finance and trade and industry at various times, came within a relative whisker of losing the race to become the nation’s president – by less than 1 percent…

A Longtime Political Refugee Seeks Singaporean Justice

A Longtime Political Refugee Seeks Singaporean JusticeTan Wah Piow, a onetime student leader who fled Singapore after a trumped-up trial that found him guilty of participating in a 1975 riot in a union hall, is asking that his conviction be quashed 42 years later after the chief witness against him was convicted last month of long-running embezzlement of union funds. Tan,…

Obituary: A Singaporean Political Refugee Dies in the US

Obituary: A Singaporean Political Refugee Dies in the USFrancis Seow, once a high-ranking Singaporean official, died on Jan. 21 in the United States, where he had spent the past 25 years as a refugee from the late Lee Kuan Yew’s petty vindictiveness.  He died at the age of 88 in Boston, where he was an adjunct professor at Harvard University. Singapore has supposedly…

Singapore Ups Commitment to Host US Military Facilities

Singapore Ups Commitment to Host US Military FacilitiesSingapore 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…

Lee’s Shadow Fades From Singapore

Lee’s Shadow Fades From SingaporeTwo events on Oct. 1 signify that the era of Lee Kuan Yew and the Lee family itself are beginning to fade from Singapore, six months after he died on March 23. The two events are leadership transitions in the city-state’s government and its sovereign wealth fund Temasek Holdings.   Although the elder Lee stepped…

Singapore’s PAP Surprises Itself

Singapore’s PAP Surprises ItselfThe surprisingly decisive People’s Action Party win in the Singapore election says much about Singaporean society as it enters an era with possibly new and bigger challenges than those faced in recent years. The 70 percent vote for the PAP was a surprise if only because most commentators had believed the issue was whether the…

Politics, not Elections, will Change Singapore

Politics, not Elections, will Change SingaporeOn August 25, Singapore’s President Tony Tan officially dissolved the parliament, triggering early elections. While these elections, by law, could have waited until January 2017, 2015 is particularly advantageous for the incumbent People’s Action Party. The death of the ruling party’s founder and first prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew, on March 23 was followed by a massive…

Singapore’s Bipolar Human Rights Lawyer Faces Disbarment

Singapore’s Bipolar Human Rights Lawyer Faces DisbarmentSingapore’s Law Society is to decide today, Aug. 28, whether to disbar M. Ravi, Singapore’s most prominent human rights lawyer, who has defended a long string of defendants facing the death penalty, critics of the government and human rights activists. The Law Society is holding a disciplinary hearing against Ravi regarding his conduct in several…

Singapore’s Perpetual Rulers Prep for Early Polls

Singapore’s Perpetual Rulers Prep for Early PollsSingapore’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…

S’pore’s Pounding of Powerless to Cost Them at Poll Time?

S’pore’s Pounding of Powerless to Cost Them at Poll Time?Although a Singapore judge has put the libel payment judgment against blogger Roy Ngerng Yee Ling on hold until Aug. 31, the publicity from the government's bullying of two powerless youths could cost it in the next election, critics of the government say.   Besides Ngerng, there is Amos Yee, the 16-year-old who made the mistake…
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