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Singapore editor Balji launches tell-all book

Singapore editor Balji launches tell-all book

[Singapore] A new book has shed more light on how Singapore’s authoritarian leader Lee Kuan Yew rapped the knuckles of independent-minded journalists whom he deemed to have failed to toe the official line. In his memoir, The Reluctant Editor- The Singapore Media as Seen Through the Eyes of a Veteran Newspaper Journalist -, P.N. Balji shared […]

Education system in Singapore

Education system in Singapore

This year, Singapore celebrates its bicentennial of its founding in 1819 by Englishman Sir Stamford Raffles who set up the first premier school named after him. Raffles Institution (RI) is the alma mater of many illustrious Singaporeans, including Lee Kuan Yew. Education has moved up the quality ladder since, playing a key role in the […]

Singapore COUNTRY REPORT: Professional Ethics Still a Media Imperative

Singapore COUNTRY REPORT: Professional Ethics Still a Media Imperative

In the internet age, some people brush aside the need for conventional full-time journalists or media organizations to give us our daily news. “That is already passe,” said a former reporter colleague of mine, surprised to hear that Asia Journalist Association (AJA) accept mainly working journalists. “Nowadays, a journalist is anyone who posts online—the bloggers […]

Press Watch – Singapore:

Press Watch – Singapore:

Singapore’s leader Lee Kuan Yew, who dominated the political scene from 1959, when he first came to power, till his death on March 23rd, 2015, corralled the press as an instrument to help realise his own nation-building agenda. Retired newsman Yeo Toon Joo, who spent 12 years (1963-1975) in an English major daily, The Straits […]

Press Watch – Singapore: Reporter Warned Over Leakage of Official Secrets

Press Watch – Singapore: Reporter Warned Over Leakage of Official Secrets

It was a what is being described as a state secret that Janice Tai, a young reporter of The Straits Times (ST), Singapore’s premier mass-circulation daily, stumbled upon while chasing a story. She was following up on a tip-off about an online resale portal that the state housing agency, the Housing Development Board (HDB), was […]

Singapore Buzz For A Non-Chinese PM Amid Debate Over Malay President

Singapore Buzz For A Non-Chinese PM Amid Debate Over Malay President

  Singapore made history on September 13, 2017 by choosing a woman as the Head of State. Halimah Yacob, 63, an immediate-past Speaker of Parliament, was elevated to be the Elected President (EP) in a walkover. A member of the Malay community, she rose to the highest office of the land in the first reserved […]

US President Trump’s “Fire and Fury” Not Enough for Nemesis Kim Jong-eun

US President Trump’s “Fire and Fury” Not Enough for Nemesis Kim Jong-eun

Like a long-simmering earthquake, North Korea’s latest nuclear and missile tests have led to a dangerous confrontation between the untested leaders of two enemy states whose feverish sabre-rattling has conjured up the spectre of a new holocaust in the Korean Peninsula. The fallout has escalated tensions between a Stalinist regime in Pyongyang and a Republican […]

Tea meditation teach-in by Nun Baekgeo

Tea meditation teach-in by Nun Baekgeo

Seated with our legs crossed in lotus posture, we made an effort to relax on cushions placed on the timber floor, warmed by steam pipes underneath. Coming in from the chill outside the large temple hall, the balmy atmosphere was more than welcomed. If anyone of us had expected a chanting of mantra, to induce […]

What! Not going down to ground zero at Panmunjong?

What! Not going down to ground zero at Panmunjong?

This was the sensitive spot where North and South Korean soldiers can be seen standing eye-ball to eye-ball, separated only by an imaginary line representing the 38th parallel that demarcates the two sides at the end of the Korean War (1950-1953). Instead of a potentially tense tour, we were ushered to the touristic DMZ Observation […]

Singapore icon who wanted to be feared, yet was loved

Singapore icon who wanted to be feared, yet was loved

Within and without the island-state, his name has been synonymous with Singapore. His demise touched hearts and triggered a seldom-witnessed catharsis as Singaporeans felt the profound loss of their national icon. The spontaneous overflow of emotions for the late elder statesman, whose paternalistic dominance spanning over 30 years was beginning to feel condescending to young […]

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