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Malaysia, Singapore agree on gradual re-opening of causeway border

Malaysia, Singapore agree on gradual re-opening of causeway border

JOHOR BAHRU: Malaysia and Singapore have finalised arrangements for long-term pass holders and travellers on essential or official business to cross the border. The foreign ministers of the two countries fine-tuned the details as they met at the midway point of the Johor Causeway and agreed to resume on August 17 cross-border travel that had […]

Leeway to Opposition but Singaporeans play it safe in polls

Leeway to Opposition but Singaporeans play it safe in polls

By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN SINGAPORE: Descendants of migrants from China, India and the Malay Archipelago, Singaporeans are said to have a keen sense of survival. This natural instinct could be seen in the way they voted on July 10 in the General Election held amidst the crisis of a generation […]

Singapore General Election: PAP Super-Win or Opposition Super-Wave?

Singapore General Election: PAP Super-Win or Opposition Super-Wave?

By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN SINGAPORE: A sweeping PAP victory or the Opposition hacking away the ruling monolith’s super-majority? On the eve of polling day, political pundits are busy sketching out both the outcomes in Singapore’s General Election (GE) on July 10. Those who foresee signs of continuity: the long-standing PAP […]

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 […]

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 […]

Singapore eyes July or September to hold general elections

Singapore eyes July or September to hold general elections

By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN SINGAPORE: General elections as early as in July, or latest in September. This is what Singapore’s ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) appears to have set its mind on as it sees the Covid pandemic outbreak in the Republic as stabilising, with restrictions on movement of people and […]

Some leaders win virus bonus; whammy for million$ skippers

Some leaders win virus bonus; whammy for million$ skippers

By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN SINGAPORE: Feared as the Evil Genie everywhere, the Coronavirus is displaying almost mystical abilities to impact the fortunes of politicians across the globe, for better or for worse. Take South Korea’s Moon Jae-in. The president’s political fate took an unexpected upswing in the midst of battling […]

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