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…

Singapore, Hong Kong Catch Cold from Neighbors

Singapore, Hong Kong Catch Cold from NeighborsThe economies of Asia’s prosperous city-states Hong Kong and Singapore seem set to be about the worst economic performers in Asia this year as world trade falters and the air goes out of once buoyant property markets. Hong Kong’s Financial Secretary, John Tsang, has just forecast growth of 1-2 percent in 2016 after 2.5 percent…

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…

Questions Linger over Singapore’s Hepatitis C Outbreak

Questions Linger over Singapore’s Hepatitis C OutbreakPublic apologies from Singapore's ministers are a rarity from a government used to holding its citizens accountable for their behavior, especially at the polls. Yet, as Singapore's health minister apologized to affected patients and their families over a Hepatitis C outbreak in the nation's leading public hospital, questions lingered over the government's response.  On Dec.…

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…

Rights Groups Fight for Singapore Murder Reversal

Rights Groups Fight for Singapore Murder ReversalHuman rights organizations in Singapore are working feverishly to try to save the life of a convicted murderer who was given a rare stay of execution only to have the prosecution appeal the decision and demand that the death penalty be reinstated. In 2009, Kho Jabing, a 31-year-old Malaysian national from Sarawak, and a co-defendant…

Singapore Healthcare System Delayed Reporting Virus Outbreak

Singapore Healthcare System Delayed Reporting Virus OutbreakFor reasons that are unclear, Singapore’s leading public hospital – the one that Patriarch Lee Kuan Yew died in – delayed for months telling the public that an outbreak of hepatitis C had infected 23 kidney patients while receiving treatment, and that five had died. The episode marks a blip in the history of the…

Singapore PM Lee Warns Yale-NUS Alliance: This isn’t New Haven

Singapore PM Lee Warns Yale-NUS Alliance: This isn’t New HavenSingapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, at the inauguration of the new Yale-National University of Singapore campus, told the audience that collaboration between the two “cannot be a carbon copy of Yale in the United States if it is to succeed. Instead, it has to experiment and adapt the Yale model to Asia.” The alliance…