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Malaysian netizens rebut Singapore’s former diplomat Bilahari Kausikan’s “bogeyman” statement

The “political uncertainty” in Malaysia, following Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s return to the premiership post under the Pakatan Harapan coalition, has led to the re-emergence of thorny bilateral relations between the nation and neighbouring Singapore, said Singapore’s former Ambassador-at-Large Bilahari Kausikan. The former diplomat wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday (4 Dec) that such political uncertainty, as a …

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Singapore’s Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan tells Malaysian vessels to “back off” from the Republic’s maritime territory “while we pursue sit-down dialogues” as bilateral disputes escalate

Singapore’s Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan has issued a stern warning against Malaysian vessels allegedly encroaching the territorial waters of Singapore, and declared that the Republic will not hesitate to take “firm actions” against further intrusions. In a statement on Thursday (6 Dec), Mr Khaw added that in response to the “provocative action on the part of Malaysia”, Singapore will …

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Singapore’s Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan urges Malaysia to “cease” encroachment into “Singapore territorial waters”; Malaysia to send protest note to the Republic over unauthorised implementation of instrument landing system near Johor

In order to “avoid escalating tensions on the ground” and in compliance “with international law”, Singapore’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan has urged Malaysia to “cease” ongoing “provocative intrusions” by the neighbouring nation’s vessels into Singapore’s maritime territory. In a press release by Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday (5 Dec), which detailed a phone conversation between Dr …

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Filipino news site Rappler and CEO Maria Ressa indicted for tax evasion in an attempt to silence independent media

Philippines independent news site Rappler and its CEO Maria Ressa were formally indicted last week for tax evasion, a move that many consider to be politically motivated and designed to silence independent media in the Philippines. Rappler has long been critical of President Rodrigo Duterte’s ruthless war on drugs that has shocked audiences around the globe. The death toll from …

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“We don’t choose our neighbours,” but Singapore has to deal with Malaysia and Indonesia constructively and respectfully: PM Lee

While Singapore’s relationship with Malaysia and Indonesia might not always be smooth-sailing, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong believes that any issues with the two neighbouring nations ought to and can be dealt with in a “constructive” way that “respects the core interests of both countries.” Speaking at a 45-minute dinner dialogue moderated by Bloomberg Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait at the Bloomberg …

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ASEAN Youths address social issues with data analytics at ASEAN Data Science Explorers Regionals 2018

On Thursday, the ASEAN Foundation and SAP held the regional finals of ASEAN Data Science Explorers (ADSE) in a face-off that saw three student teams from Singapore, the Philippines and Vietnam emerge top for their insights and data-driven solutions to solve the region’s pressing social issues. Singapore’s Minister for Communications and Information S Iswaran presided over the prize presentation ceremony. …

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PM Lee Hsien Loong to meet Dr Mahathir Mohamad in Putrajaya in November

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is scheduled to meet Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in the latter country’s administrative capital of Putrajaya next month at a leaders’ retreat, reported The Straits Times. The visit is expected to take place around 10 days after Dr Mahathir’s visit to Singapore for the ASEAN Summit, which will be held over a …

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Singapore and Indonesia signs bilateral investment treaty to promote stronger economic ties

Singapore and Indonesia has signed an Agreement on the Promotion and Protection of Investments, also known as the Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT), at the Singapore-Indonesia Leaders’ Retreat in Bali, Indonesia on Thursday (11 October). In a press release on Thursday, the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) shared that the Trade Minister Chan Chun Sing, who is attending the Leaders’ Retreat …

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