Daily Archives: 2019-01-02

Singapore’s 2018 Year-in-Review by PM Lee is surprisingly upbeat

In his 2019 New Year’s message, PM Lee uses quite a lot of positive adjectives to describe Singapore’s growth this past year. Describing 2018 as a ‘productive year for Singapore’, PM Lee first noted that the local economy grew steadily at 3.3%, exceeding expectations. He then moved on to review Singapore’s year on three fronts: international, domestic, and local leadership. …

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Award-winning graphic novelist Sonny Liew baffles on how MediShield Life derives its payout for a patient’s surgical bill

Award-winning comic artist Sonny Liew recently expressed his confusion on his Facebook page (31 December) over how MediShield Life only paid S$4.50 for an elderly man’s S$4, 477 post-subsidy bill. Mr Liew’s post was in response to an article published by The Straits Times on how the national insurance only paid Mr Seow Ban Yam S$4.50 for his cataract operation, …

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Organising for future politics in Singapore

by Tan Wah Piow What does it tell us about the state of world affairs when politicians need to appeal to Facebook and other social media giants, to censor contents which are deemed problematic? It means that In this digital age, dictators can no longer enjoy the monopoly of the tools of information dissemination, or rely on their controlled media …

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LKY’s advice to Hong Kong in 1989, potentially reveals an insight on Singapore’s governance and how PAP stayed in power after so many years

At a meeting with the late Margaret Thatcher on 20 October 1989, former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew (LKY) had suggested that the people of Hong Kong should not directly confront Beijing but rather, “they should organise themselves so that they could do potential damage to China’s interests,” He went on to say that there were about 200,000 people in Hong Kong …

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Permanent Restricted Area over Pasir Gudang airspace will have “adverse impact on civil aviation”: Singapore’s MOT

The setting up of a permanent Restricted Area over the Pasir Gudang airspace starting Wednesday (2 Jan) will have an “adverse impact on civil aviation”, according to Singapore’s Ministry of Transport (MOT). In response to media queries regarding the establishment of the restricted area, MOT said on Tuesday (1 Jan) that such an impact will arise as a result of …

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