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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 […]

Singapore shows its mettle by bringing Davos to its shores

Singapore shows its mettle by bringing Davos to its shores

By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN SINGAPORE: In 2018, Singapore was picked out of a list that included South Korea’s Jeju Island to host the Kim-Trump summit. The venue where US President Donald Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong-un sought to break the ice on their nuclear imbroglio was actually on the […]

Unesco culture heritage honour for Singapore hawkers

Unesco culture heritage honour for Singapore hawkers

By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN   SINGAPORE: For India it is yoga, Thailand it is traditional massage, and South Korea it is kimjang, or the art of kimchi making and sharing.  In the city-state’s case, the Unesco honour has to do with its hawker culture finding a place on the Intangible Cultural Heritage […]

Covid-19 vaccine programme to start in Singapore before year-end

Covid-19 vaccine programme to start in Singapore before year-end

By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN  SINGAPORE: Even before the year is out, Singaporeans will get free inoculation against the Covid-19 killer-bug under a state-funded $1.33 billion programme that will kick off with the first batch of vaccines from US-Germany venture Pfizer-BioNTech. In addition, vaccines from Moderna of the United States and China’s […]

In world’s first, lab-grown chicken for Singaporeans

In world’s first, lab-grown chicken for Singaporeans

By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN SINGAPORE: A culinary surprise awaits Singapore chicken rice lovers. Their next meal of the healthier white-meat dish may come, not from a farm, but straight out of a laboratory. On December 2, United States food technology start-up Eat Just received the greenlight from Singapore Food Agency […]

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