Singapore Passes Expanded Contempt of Court Law

Over 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 c...

Singapore Continues War on Dissent

Singapore 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 genera...

Is Singapore Prepared for its Future?

Everything big or small is planned in Singapore. The next big thing in the economy – Greentech and Medtech – is centrally conceived. The next prime minister has been chosen. His own successor is in the making. Even the maximum walking-distance between one’s ho...

The Riddle of Singapore’s Stalled Productivity

The economic success of Singapore is not debatable. This leads many observers and even insiders to think of the city-state as a model of economic development. However, it should be rather thought of as an exper...

The Cost of Indonesia’s 2015 Fires

Indonesian forest fires, fanned by an extended drought associated with El Nino, delivered more carbon emissions into the atmosphere than the entire European Union, an astounding 11.3 million tonnes per day agai...

Singapore’s Nanny State Kicks Out Foreign Support for LGBTs

Claiming interference in domestic affairs, Singapore’s Ministry of Home Affairs has ruled that foreign entities are heretofore to be barred from sponsoring Pink Dot, an annual nonprofit event for the LGBT community put on at Singapore’s Speaker’s Corner in Hon...

Singapore Shocks its Neighbor to the North

There is more than meets the eye in the Singapore investigation into 1MDB and the subsequent forced closure by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) of the local operations of Swiss private bank BSI. Thi...

1MBD Starts to Come Apart

The decision on May 24 by the Monetary Authority of Singapore to force the closure of BSI Bank Ltd – the first merchant bank to be closed in Singapore in 32 years – means that after months of last-ditch defense...

Singapore’s Opposition Figurehead Trounced Again

On 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 Ba...

Singapore’s ‘Jolly Hangman’ About to Strike

On Feb. 17, 2008, a 24-year-old Sarawakian migrant working in a rag and bone company in Singapore was drinking an apparently potent substance called “Narcissus Ginseng Wine Tonic” with four friends when they go...