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Lee Hsien Loong’s awkward handshake with Donald Trump – and others

Lee Hsien Loong’s awkward handshake with Donald Trump – and others

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s awkward handshake with United States President Donald Trump has made the rounds online and has also drawn ridicule and criticism. Some say the Singapore PM’s seemingly effeminate pose as he extends his hand is a sign of weakness or deference […]

Ambassador Bilahari slams Mahbubani’s views on small states as “dangerously misleading”

Ambassador Bilahari slams Mahbubani’s views on small states as “dangerously misleading”

Ambassador-at-Large Bilahari Kausikan has slammed Kishore Mahbubani, the dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP), for advocating that “small states must always behave like small states.” The rare disagreement in views of how Singapore should tread in the world post-Lee Kuan […]

S’pore-China to “move ahead with full effort on forward-looking agenda”: Tharman

S’pore-China to “move ahead with full effort on forward-looking agenda”: Tharman

[Photo – Channel Newsasia: Tharman & Li] In a sign of improving relations between the two countries, Chinese premier Li Keqiang has accepted an invitation from Singapore to visit the island-state. The invitation from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was conveyed to Mr Li by […]

Shanmugam’s bluntness is timely

Shanmugam’s bluntness is timely

“Our internal surveys show that opinion is hardening against Muslims,” Law & Home Affairs minister, K Shanmugam, said on his Facebook page on Sunday. “This is not good.” The minister was referring to the situation in Singapore, as he gave his reaction to the latest […]

M’sian Federal Court restores separation of power principle – relevant to S’pore?

M’sian Federal Court restores separation of power principle – relevant to S’pore?

A landmark ruling in Malaysia may have relevance for Singapore On 20 April, the Malaysia Federal Court laid down a ruling which many in the country had waited 30 years for. In a landmark decision, the court ruled that Parliament cannot curtail the powers of […]

Shanmugam calls on US and world to pay attention to radicalism in SEA

Shanmugam calls on US and world to pay attention to radicalism in SEA

Singapore’s Minister for Home Affairs, K Shanmugam, has called on the United States (and the world) to pay attention to the rise of “political Islam” and radicalism in Southeast Asia. Mr Shanmugam, who was delivering a keynote speech in Washington DC on Wednesday at the Johns […]

Perkasa’s criticism of Shanmugam misplaced

Perkasa’s criticism of Shanmugam misplaced

Perkasa, a Malaysian extreme right-wing non-governmental organisation, has called on the government there to issue a letter of protest to Singapore over remarks made by Singapore’s Law Minister, K Shanmugam, on Saturday. Mr Shanmugam, speaking at seminar organised by the Association of Muslim Professionals (AMP) […]

4 things the happiest countries have in common which S’pore too can have

4 things the happiest countries have in common which S’pore too can have

The World Happiness Report 2017 has ranked Singapore at number 26, the highest-placed Asian country on the list. The top-three ranked countries are, unsurprisingly, from the Nordic region – Norway, Denmark, Iceland. Norway jumped 3 places to overtake Denmark at the top for the first time, […]

An Inconvenient Sequel – a film everyone has to watch

An Inconvenient Sequel – a film everyone has to watch

10 years after he brought the topic of climate change into mainstream consciousness, former United States Vice-President Al Gore is back again. In the sequel to his groundbreaking An Inconvenient Truth – an award-winning documentary about climate change in 2007 – Gore is once again […]

The most awkward moment in state diplomacy?

The most awkward moment in state diplomacy?

So, German chancellor Angela Merkel paid the United States a visit this week. Naturally, that would include a call on the US President, Donald Trump. The problem is, Trump is not exactly a fan of Merkel and had criticised her government’s policies during and after […]