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Learn to live with covid-19 in our midst, Singapore PM Lee warns

Learn to live with covid-19 in our midst, Singapore PM Lee warns

By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN SINGAPORE: Get ready to live dangerously with the Novel Coronavirus in your midst — this is the new normal into which you have to transit. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, seeking to drive home the stark reality to all Singaporeans, warned this would be the long-term […]

No quick exit by PM Lee as succession plan unravels

No quick exit by PM Lee as succession plan unravels

By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN SINGAPORE: The punishing impact of the Covid-19 crisis in Singapore has produced three political surprises, upsetting the smooth political successionplan of the city-state’s ruling party. One, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat, the front runner, dropped out of the race to be Singapore’s fourth Prime Minister. […]

Shangri-la Dialogue in Singapore cancelled amid uncertain COVID-19 situation

Shangri-la Dialogue in Singapore cancelled amid uncertain COVID-19 situation

By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN SINGAPORE: Another high-level conference in Singapore has fallen victim to Covid-19 pandemic as the city-state sees little sign of the raging virus outbreaks receding soon. The Shangri-la Dialogue, as the annual summit of defence chiefs is called after the Shangri-la hotel venue, was to start on […]

World Economic Forum calls off meeting in Singapore 

World Economic Forum calls off meeting in Singapore 

By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN SINGAPORE: Singapore is facing a fall-out at the international level because of the new near-lockdown measures it imposed to cope with a surge in Covid-19 cases. The World Economic Forum has called off its special annual meeting scheduled in the city-state in August. WEF founder and […]

Tough curbs in Singapore as leap In Covid-19 cases raises concern

Tough curbs in Singapore as leap In Covid-19 cases raises concern

By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN SINGAPORE: Singapore is scrambling to check the proliferation of a more virulent Coronavirus in the community by a slew of tough restrictions that come close to a previous lockdown Kicking in on May 16, and to last till June 13, social gatherings in public are capped […]

Miss Singapore sends Stop Asian Hate message with Miss Universe costume

Miss Singapore sends Stop Asian Hate message with Miss Universe costume

SINGAPORE: Miss Universe Singapore Bernadette Belle Ong has used the international platform to advocated against the spread of Asia hate. Bernadette posted a picture of herself on Instagram wearing a a long cape with the colurs of Singapore’s flag with the words: “Stop Asian Hate”. “What is the platform for if I can’t use it […]

Singapore jolted into action in wake of Covid-19 spurt

Singapore jolted into action in wake of Covid-19 spurt

By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN SINGAPORE: Days after being rated the safest place to be during the COvid-19 pandemic, Singapore has been hit by a sudden jump in new community cases, jolting the authorities to impose new restrictions on citizens’ gatherings and travels of foreigners to the Republic. Only last week […]

Singapore: Defamation award raises fears over Facebook postings

Singapore: Defamation award raises fears over Facebook postings

By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN  SINGAPORE: A punitive damages award totalling S$133,000 granted to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong against a blogger in a High Court defamation verdict is being seen as holding serious implications for Singaporeans sharing posts on social media platforms, prompting a crowdfunding campaign by some 2,000 members […]

Apology ends row over purloined Singapore’s National Day song

Apology ends row over purloined Singapore’s National Day song

By Ivan Li Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN  SINGAPORE: A 1986 National Day song of Singapore found an echo in India, showing once again that emulation is a form of flattery, but plagiarising the tune had created discord. The catchy “Count on Me, Singapore” was rejigged as “We Can Achieve” in an Indian version with […]

Singapore adds gumption, funds for post-Covid-19 rebound

Singapore adds gumption, funds for post-Covid-19 rebound

By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN SINGAPORE: Singapore, successful in taming the invidious Coronavirus to single-digit outbreaks, is poised for a confident rebound in the post-Covid-19 era. In a December 31 New Year message, a triumphant Prime Minister, Mr Lee Hsien Loong, declared “seeing light at the end of the tunnel”. On February […]

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