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Singapore set to repeal homosexual law

Singapore set to repeal homosexual law

By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN SINGAPORE:  A contentious decades-old law that criminalises sex between men but not women will be axed as the Singapore authorities found it increasingly legally untenable in the face of  challenges to its constitutionality. The repeal of Section 377A of the Penal Code will, however, be accompanied […]

Ire among some in Singapore over Sri Lankan Terminator’s stay

Ire among some in Singapore over Sri Lankan Terminator’s stay

By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN SINGAPORE: The unexpected arrival in Singapore of former Sri Lankan strongman Gotabaya Rajapaksa, 73, on July 1, has caused anger among some people in the Republic and raised inconvenient questions for the authorities here. Critics, overlooking the fact that he tendered his resignation the following day, […]

The invasion of Ukraine by its larger neighbour

The invasion of Ukraine by its larger neighbour

By Ivan Lim, Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN   SINGAPORE: The world reacted with outrage when Vladirmir Putin sent Russian tanks and troops into Ukraine in a so-called special military operation to subdue a sovereign state that was bent on allying with the United States-backed European economic and military bloc. Singapore was one of the […]

Flak and some praise for Singapore Press Club’s Hall of Fame

Flak and some praise for Singapore Press Club’s Hall of Fame

By Ivan Lim, Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN   SINGAPORE: An initiative by the Singapore Press Club in setting up a Hall of Fame for media personalities has received some praise, but the flak it drew was unhesitating because of its noticeably exclusive approach in choosing candidates. Fifty people made the inaugural list, drawn from […]

Singapore denies entry to ‘extremist’ Indonesian preacher

Singapore denies entry to ‘extremist’ Indonesian preacher

By Ivan Lim, Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN   SINGAPORE: On May 16, an Indonesian preacher Abdul Somad Batubara travelled from neighbouring Batam island by boat and arrived at Tanah Merah Ferry Point in Singapore. The cleric, who had been known to the authorities for his extremist religious views, was “interviewed” by immigration officials and then […]

Singapore has a Prime-Minister-in-waiting

Singapore has a Prime-Minister-in-waiting

By Ivan Lim, Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN   SINGAPORE: He is Finance Minister Lawrence Wong Shyun Tsai. A career civil servant-turned- politician, he has been designated as the new leader of the fourth generation (4G) cohort of the ruling People’s Action Party(PAP). It is a spectacular rise for the unassuming member of a select […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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