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Singapore opposition sees ‘Wipe-Out’ threat by PAP

Singapore opposition sees ‘Wipe-Out’ threat by PAP

By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN SINGAPORE: Temporarily side-tracked by a 10 million population debate, the ruling PAP has refocused its campaign on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and its S$100 billion budgets to help Singaporeans cope with business and employment problems. Party leaders from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, downwards […]

Mid-point of Singapore general election throws up a ‘10 million hot potato’

Mid-point of Singapore general election throws up a ‘10 million hot potato’

By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN SINGAPORE: Midway through the seemingly tepid Covid-19 electioneering, the political scene unexpectedly flared up as parties clashed over whether there was any plan for the city-state to host a population of 10 million. Lighting the fuse of the cracker, the feisty Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) chief, […]

No Lee Vs Lee face-off, PM’s younger brother bows out

No Lee Vs Lee face-off, PM’s younger brother bows out

By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN SINGAPORE: Singapore does not need another Lee to vie for political office. Saying this, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s younger brother, Lee Hsien Yang, on Tuesday put paid to rising expectations among his supporters of a direct Lee vs Lee tussle in the coming General Election […]

Lee vs Lee slugfest in Singapore general election?

Lee vs Lee slugfest in Singapore general election?

Left: PM Lee Hsien Loong | Right: Mr Lee Hsien Yang (https://www.iresimply81.com) By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN SINGAPORE: A Lee vs Lee clash? This is the tantalising scenario in which Lee Kuan Yew’s second son Hsien Yang will be contesting the late elder statesman’s power base of Tanjong Pagar against his estranged […]

Malaysia to table sexual harassment, social work bills by year-end

Malaysia to table sexual harassment, social work bills by year-end

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia’s Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development is expected to table the proposed bills on sexual harassment and recognition of social work as a profession by the end of this year. Improvements have been made to the two bills and they will be handed over to the Attorney-General’s Chambers for its perusal, Minister […]

Vietnam PM: COVID-19 is test of ASEAN’s mettle as maturing community

Vietnam PM: COVID-19 is test of ASEAN’s mettle as maturing community

HANOI: The 36th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit “Cohesive and Responsive” was opened in Hanoi by Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. In his opening remarks, PM Phuc highlighted the theme of the summit in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic which is hitting the region and the world. “The COVID-19 pandemic, which […]

Malaysia: South China Sea should remain sea of peace and trade

Malaysia: South China Sea should remain sea of peace and trade

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia’s position regarding the South China Sea has been clear and consistent, with views that it should remain a sea of peace and trade, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has said. “Malaysia holds the view that the South China Sea should remain a sea of peace and trade,” he said. “Thus, matters relating to the […]

Cyber path for Singapore in holding general election on July 10

Cyber path for Singapore in holding general election on July 10

By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN SINGAPORE: A unique first for Singapore: a “Cyber-Election’’ with the Republic deciding firmly to go to the polls on July 10 amid the on-going COVID-19 crisis. Instead of outdoor political mass rallies, the battle for the hearts and minds of 2.65 million voters will take place […]

Trump threatened to pull troops if South Korea didn’t give $5 billion: Bolton memoir

Trump threatened to pull troops if South Korea didn’t give $5 billion: Bolton memoir

WASHINGTON: U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to pull American troops from South Korea if Seoul did not pay US$5 billion under a defense cost-sharing deal, his former National Security Adviser John Bolton said in his memoir. In “The Room Where It Happened,” set to be published Tuesday, Bolton recalled an Afghanistan-related meeting that took place […]

Vietnam, Japan agree on gradual easing of travel restrictions

Vietnam, Japan agree on gradual easing of travel restrictions

HANOI: Vietnam and Japan have agreed to gradually ease travel restrictions between the two countries, the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced. The two governments have worked closely together in COVID-19 prevention and control, the ministry said. Vietnam and Japan spoke highly of each other’s efforts in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, Vietnam […]

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