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Upshot of the July 11, 2020 General Election in Singapore

Upshot of the July 11, 2020 General Election in Singapore

By Ivan Lim, Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN  SINGAPORE: In 2020, politics in Singapore threw up some surprises. Despite misgivings, the government went ahead, in the midst of Covid-19 pandemic, to hold a general election in which conventional door-to-door campaigning and open-air party rallies had to be replaced by TV broadcasts and online debates […]

An existential issue, says Singapore dubbing foul invasion of Ukraine

An existential issue, says Singapore dubbing foul invasion of Ukraine

By Ivan Lim, Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN SINGAPORE: Singapore has stood out among its Asean partners to boldly call out Russia for its invasion of its next-door neighbour Ukraine on Feb 24 that has shaken up the world. The city-state has followed up its condemnation of Moscow with economic sanctions and restrictions that […]

Creator of Squid Game wins Straits Times Asian Award

Creator of Squid Game wins Straits Times Asian Award

By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN SINGAPORE: The creator of the Squid Game, a drama series about survival of the fittest in a capitalist eco-system, South Korean Hwang Dong-hyuk beat three other illustrious contenders to win The Straits Times Asian of the Year award. The trio are Ms Maria Ressa,58, Filipino-American co-founder and […]

Tripped in race to lead Singapore, but Heng Swee Keat still in limelight

Tripped in race to lead Singapore, but Heng Swee Keat still in limelight

By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN    SINGAPORE: “Good Luck.” That’s what “Heng” means in Singapore’s local dialect. So, once-kampong boy Heng Swee Keat considered it his good fortune that he has had a crack at high office. Not by luck but by the dint of his credentials. Cambridge and Harvard- educated, the […]

Gates upbeat Covid-19 may soon lose its venom

Gates upbeat Covid-19 may soon lose its venom

By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN    SINGAPORE:  Some good news out of Singapore: the raging Covid-19 pandemic may devolve next year into something like the flu. This optimistic assessment by Bill Gates, who warned the world of the coming pandemic in 2015, came during a virtual interview at the Bloomberg New Economy Forum […]

Safeguard yourselves against Covid-19, government tells Singaporeans

Safeguard yourselves against  Covid-19, government tells Singaporeans

By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN    SINGAPORE: “YOU are on your own, lookout”  That’s the new order of the day as Singapore pushes ahead as one of the first Covidean states to pivot towards living with the Coronavirus. Since late September, the city-state of 5.45 million has gone through a baptism of fire […]

Covid deaths spike, but Singapore stick to re-opening plans

Covid deaths spike, but Singapore stick to re-opening plans

By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN  SINGAPORE: The figures tell a staggering story that smacks of a runaway pandemic. However, the authorities are looking at the bigger picture and taking the explosion of the Delta mutant cases in stride. Since mid-September, new daily caseloads have hovered between 1,000 and 3,000 cases. On […]

Rise of Eco-cities:  An Asian model of sustainable development

Rise of Eco-cities:  An Asian model of sustainable development

  By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN SINGAPORE:  The search for an Asian eco-culture is in line with the international discourse on a new global ethical agenda for the New Millennium, focusing on religion, language, values and rights of minorities and indigenous people. It is marked by out-of-the-box thinking that embraces both […]

Singapore keeps an eye on Kabul after aiding refugee pull-out

Singapore keeps an eye on Kabul after aiding refugee pull-out

By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN  SINGAPORE: During the last acts of the United States’ precipitous retreat from Afghanistan in mid-August, Singapore got a piece of action -helping in the historic, if chaotic, airlift of thousands of Americans and Afghans fleeing the Taliban forces closing in on the capital, Kabul. US President […]

Funding-surge for blogger in Singapore PM’s defamation case

Funding-surge for blogger in Singapore PM’s defamation case

  By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN SINGAPORE: Critics have decried the outcome of a defamation case in which a political blogger has been found to have impugned the reputation and integrity of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in an article. Mr Terry Xu, chief editor of The Online Citizen (TOC), has […]

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