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  1. HK should follow Singapore's pay cuts

    Posted Jan 25th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Hong Kong and mainland officials often look to Singapore for cues on how to run an efficient and authoritarian government. For a budding semi-democratic city like ... as officials' high pay had long irked many Singaporeans. The cuts are being carried out despite warnings from Singapore's founder, Lee Kuan Yew, who once claimed that the economy would collapse ...

  2. Rethink on loan for H.O.S. flat buyers possible

    Posted Jul 04th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Joyce Ng joyce.ng@scmp.com The new government could scrap a controversial change in the Home Ownership Scheme rules introduced just a month ago, housing chief Professor Anthony Cheung Bing-leung hinted yesterday. The scheme, in which 5,000 flats will be s ...

  3. Singapore needs more room for debate

    Posted May 11th 2011, 12:00am

    ... For a political party accustomed to riding high, the outcome of Saturday's election has delivered a setback for Singapore's People's Action Party. Before the record losses ... parliamentarians will be from the Workers' Party. Not since independence in 1965 has the opposition held such sway although because of Singapore's first-past-the-post voting system combined ...

  4. Will voters veer left in landmark election?

    Posted May 06th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Nazry Bahrawi Once the classic tale of economics trumps all, the 'Singapore story' can take an unexpected left turn come polling day, tomorrow. In what is turning out to be a landmark election, Singapore's opposition parties are challenging 82 of 87 seats, or 94 per cent, a record high since independence in 1965. With almost every seat contested, voters have ...

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    Heated rhetoric over disputed islands serves Asia poorly

    Posted Aug 23rd 2012, 12:00am by SIMON TAY

    ... differences. Simon Tay is chairman of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs and teaches at the Faculty of Law at the National University of Singapore. He is also the author of Asia Alone: The Dangerous Post-Crisis Divide from America. This article first appeared in Singapore's Today newspaper ...

  6. New appreciation of old 'Asian values'

    Posted Jul 20th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Lee Kuan Yew, the founder of modern Singapore, came up with the 'Asian values' argument to justify legitimate but non-democratic regimes. More recently, ... Xiaoping, Park Chung-hee of South Korea, Chiang Kai-shek's Kuomintang in Taiwan, Lee's Singapore, or even the one-party democracy of Japan's once-dominant Liberal Democratic Party. ...

  7. Spring buds

    Posted May 17th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Anthony Cheung As Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong publicly acknowledged, the city state's general election was a watershed. Although the long-ruling People's ... that a cabinet minister had lost his seat. This was no small upset for a party that has always been seen as the natural party of government in Singapore since independence in 1965, in an election held ...

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    Asian importers of Iranian oil put energy and strategic needs first

    Posted Aug 28th 2012, 12:00am by Hooman Peimani

    ... Studies Institute, National University of Singapore ...

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    US regional presence acts as a needed counterweight to China

    Posted Aug 15th 2012, 12:00am by Manik Mehta

    ... co-operation with Japan, South Korea and Australia, the US will deploy, rotationally, littoral combat ships, and intensify co-operation with Singapore and the Philippines. Defence co-operation ...

  10. Without open dialogue, Asean neutrality risks becoming neutered

    Posted Jul 18th 2012, 12:00am

    ... solely on its bilateral ties with China or America. Otherwise Asean will not only fail to be neutral, but be ineffective and indeed neutered. Simon Tay is chairman of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs and teaches at the National University of Singapore's Faculty of Law. This article first appeared in Singapore's Today newspaper ...




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