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Two battlegrounds in the Covid-19 war

Two battlegrounds in the Covid-19 war

By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN  SINGAPORE: The world is in a tizzy never witnessed before.No one knows when the frightful Covid-19 pandemic will end; no one is sure how it can be ended. It continues to kill and maim. The tragic toll so far: more than 230,00 killed across the world, […]

Spectre of COVID-19: Run from dorms to Singapore citizenry

Spectre of COVID-19: Run from dorms to Singapore citizenry

  By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN  SINGAPORE: An early favourite in the Covid-19 world wrestling challenge, Singapore began to falter midway in the match, leading to what some have characterised as a costly lesson of presumption. Entering the ring, with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong as the vigilant coach, was the […]

Trump in blame-game spree as COVID-19 death spiral soars

Trump in blame-game spree as COVID-19 death spiral soars

By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN SINGAPORE: As the toll in the United States from the novel pneumonia super-bug exceeded 20,000 deaths and reached more than half a million confirmed cases by Easter Friday, President Donald Trump began hitting out at  the World Health Organisation (WHO), faulting it for being too focused […]

Kopi-tiam pundits hedge bets on Singapore polls outcome

Kopi-tiam pundits hedge bets on Singapore polls outcome

By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN  SINGAPORE: The kopi-tiam, Singapore’s well-known name for the coffee shop, is the go-to place in the city-state to get your latest update on engrossing political gossip. Freshly brewed events come alive, with arm-chair critics holding forth, in between sips of kopi-O (black) orteh-tarik (pulled tea), on […]

Only a surge in COVID-19 cases may change Singapore move for elections

Only a surge in COVID-19 cases may change Singapore move for elections

  By Ivan Lim Former AJA President Contributor to AsiaN Singapore Singapore: Many Singaporeans would agree that the prevalent Corvid-19 pandemic is an inconvenient time, for all intents and purpose, to hold a general election. However, the long-ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) strategists apparently have their own ideas. The government recently unveiled its report on […]

Singapore probes activities of South Korean church chapter

Singapore probes activities of South Korean church chapter

By Ivan Lim Former AJA President Contributor to AsiaN Singapore: An unregistered local chapter of the South Korea church, at the centre of a mass Covid-19 outbreak in Daegu, is being investigated by the Singapore authorities – not just for the virus contamination alone. The Shincheongji Church of Jesus, Temple of the Tabernacle of the […]

Singapore may defer polls to fight wily Wuhan bug’s death dance

Singapore may defer polls to fight wily Wuhan bug’s death dance

  By Ivan Lim Former AJA President Contributor to AsiaN  Singapore: Nothing does better than a little humour to break the glum atmosphere created by the fearful Coronavirus outbreak. Like this anonymous post on social media: “I have been studying the virus just like every one of you and come to these conclusions. It is […]

Panic amid Wuhan virus crisis

Panic amid Wuhan virus crisis

By Ivan Lim Former AJA President Contributor to AsiaN Singapore: Early today I received a call from a former newspaper colleague in his 60s, rattling off on the phone without the usual ‘good morning’. “Ivan, something strange is happening in Singapore, the likes of which I have not seen for a long time. Long queues […]

Singapore polls may see a wild card at play

Singapore polls may see a wild card at play

  By Ivan Lim Former AJA President Contributor to AsiaN Singapore: The unbroken record of Singapore’s ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) of winning every general election since 1959 gives it a proud bounce ahead of fresh polls. The party could be buoyed once again by this factor as the nation is tipped to hold a […]

Michelle Obama to share experiences in Singapore

Michelle Obama to share experiences in Singapore

Singapore: Michelle Obama, former First Lady of the United States of America – the first African-American to serve in that role -, will take centre stage at the ‘An Evening with Michelle Obama’ event in Singapore on December 14. At the event, organized by business event provider The Growth Faculty, participants will hear firsthand Michelle […]

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