Singapore Uses Big Guns on Small ‘Threats’

Singapore Uses Big Guns on Small ‘Threats’Singapore this week is in the middle of two controversial cases that demonstrate that despite the March 22 passing of Lee Kuan Yew, the patriarch and founder of modern Singapore, the government has lost none of its appetite for using the legal system to bring down those it considers enemies. One of the cases involves…

New Singapore, Old Tactics?

New Singapore, Old Tactics?Opposition politicians have made gains in Singapore as the late Lee Kuan Yew’s influence has waned but one of the few elected leaders from outside the ruling party is finding it tough to battle through the paperwork, financial constraints and other impediments to governance being hurled at her.  Sylvia Lim could be a sign of…

Singapore Defense: The Shrimp Swims like a Dolphin

Singapore Defense: The Shrimp Swims like a DolphinLast year, according to the authoritative military analysis publication IHS Jane's Defense Weekly, Singapore added 16 new F-15s to its existing fleet of 24, giving it a total of 40 top-ranked US-built fighter jets among a list that also includes F-16s, A4 Skyhawks and other craft. One report has the island republic eventually buying as…

Singapore Brings Hammer Down on ‘Net Critics

Singapore Brings Hammer Down on ‘Net CriticsNearly two years after Singapore’s Media Development Agency pushed through regulations putting a tight leash on Internet journalism, the authority has shut down its first news site, called The Real Singapore. For good measure, the government charged the site’s editors, Singaporean Yang Kaiheng and his Australian girlfriend Ai Takagi, with seven counts of sedition and…

Where does Singapore Go from Here?

Where does Singapore Go from Here?With the death of the man who ruled Singapore for three decades and passed on his harsh governing tactics to his son and to the ruling People’s Action Party, Singapore’s citizens today are trying to dope out whether one of Asia’s most modern societies is ready to open up a new era in freedom of…

The Darker Side of Lee Kuan Yew

The Darker Side of Lee Kuan YewFor all of Lee Kuan Yew’s accomplishments as the founder and architect of Singapore, his death has unleashed reminders by many that he could be petty and uncommonly vindictive. At 91, Lee had outlived most of his critics, but not all. There are too many episodes of that vindictiveness to be able to list them…

Lee Kuan Yew, 1923-2015

Lee Kuan Yew, 1923-2015The creator of modern Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, respected as one of Asia’s foremost statesmen abroad and feared as a ruthless authoritarian at home, died today at 91 of complications from pneumonia. He had been on life support for several days. Becoming Singapore’s first prime minister in 1959 as the British colonials were leaving, he…

Singapore’s Hypocrisy on Paris and Free Speech

Singapore’s Hypocrisy on Paris and Free SpeechFive individuals who have been prosecuted by the Singapore government over aspects of freedom of speech and expression have jointly written a response in light of the attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris. They are Han Hui Hui, an activist; Roy Ngerng, a blogger; Martyn See, a filmmaker; Alan Shadrake, an author and former journalist; and…

Singapore Blogger Collides with PM’s Lawsuit Machine

Singapore Blogger Collides with PM’s Lawsuit MachineThe 33-year-old Roy Ngerng doesn’t look very threatening, a bespectacled, slight Chinese Singaporean with bangs hovering over his eyes. But the former hospital administrator and blogger could have long years of bankruptcy ahead of him. Ngerng, who blogs at thehearttruths.com,  is the first blogger in Singapore to be sued by a member of the ruling…

Social Media Uprising in Singapore

Social Media Uprising in SingaporeA blogger facing a defamation suit launched by Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong -- apparently the first against a blogger in the island republic – has chosen to fight the case and hundreds of Singaporeans have come to his aid. The blogger, Roy Ngerng, alleged in a May 15 posting on his “Heart Truths…
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