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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Singapore lifts quarantine for German and Brunei visitors

Singapore lifts quarantine for German and Brunei visitors

By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN SINGAPORE: From September 8, fully vaccinated travellers from Germany and Brunei will be able to visit Singapore for leisure without having to serve a 14-day quarantine. Under this Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) scheme, they will only be required to take four virus tests and undergo a […]

Reincarnated Straits Times unlikely to see government grip easing

Reincarnated Straits Times unlikely to see government grip easing

By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN  SINGAPORE: A government-backed rescue exercise was mounted recently to save Singapore’s flagship English newspaper, The Straits Times, from possible demise as it found itself unable to reverse advertising revenue losses and a decline in readership subscription. And fortuitously, it took the unseen hand of the year-and –a- […]

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