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…

Singapore Bans its First Internet Website

Singapore Bans its First Internet WebsiteSingapore’s Media Development Agency has shut down its first Internet site, an innocuous fledgling called the Breakfast Network that was run by Bertha Henson, a former journalist with Singapore Press Holdings who now is a journalist in residence at a local college while acting as a media consultant. The action was taken under media guidelines…

Is Singapore Western Intelligence’s 6th Eye?

Is Singapore Western Intelligence’s 6th Eye?Singapore is an anomaly in Southeast Asia. It has staunch connections with the US and Israel and a network of varied corporate interests all around the world. It is a small, primarily non-Muslim city-state surrounded by much larger, occasionally antipathetic Muslim countries. Sovereignty disputes on the South China Sea are continuing, and unpredictable events like…

Lee Kuan Yew stirs it up again

The octogenarian former Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew Monday may have issued a grudging but almost unprecedented personal apology for what have been perceived as intemperate remarks about the treatment of the prosperous Chinese diaspora in Malaysia and Indonesia. Lee Kuan Yew’s “apology” was hardly a climb-down. Here is the text of his bristling…
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