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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. 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 ...

  3. Island's forces to train in India

    Posted Apr 05th 2004, 12:00am by Maseeh Rahman

    ... Maseeh Rahman in New Delhi Agreement allows cramped city state to hold exercises India has taken steps to strengthen its military ties with Asean nations, offering Singapore the opportunity to conduct military exercises on Indian soil. It is still unclear whether Singapore would be able to conduct independent training exercises using Indian military facilities or whether ...

  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 ...

  5. Democrats seek tips on culture from Singapore

    Posted Jun 10th 2008, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... Ambrose Leung Premier Wen Jiabao last year urged Donald Tsang Yam-kuen to learn from Singapore's economic success. Now Democrats hope to learn from its policies on culture ... do more to help young artists. 'Although the Singapore government concentrates political power in its hands, which we should not be learning from, its community is more culturally ...

  6. Singapore reiterates support for one-China policy

    Posted Nov 19th 2007, 12:00am by Klaudia Lee

    ... visit by Mr Wen marked the first time in eight years that a Chinese state leader has visited Singapore, and it is widely seen as enhancing relations between the two countries. Their talks were ... referendum on United Nations membership... we want to express our highest regard,' Mr Wen said. Reiterating Singapore's position, Mr Lee described the mainland as an important partner ...

  7. Corruption-free Singapore shows the way

    Posted Oct 03rd 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. A speech by Singapore's senior minister Lee Kuan Yew, published in the Insight section of the South China Morning Post ... managed to stay clean and honest even after the PAP succeeded in winning power. Today, despite being the ruling party in Singapore since 1959, the PAP has a reputation for being corruption-free. ...

  8. Singapore's poison-shrimp defence

    Posted Feb 06th 2004, 12:00am by Michael Richardson

    ... Michael Richardson What does a Southeast Asian country do when it is small but has a big air force? In Singapore's case, it disperses its planes and, indeed, some of its ground forces as well, to many different places around the world for training. Singapore has by far the largest and most potent air force in Southeast Asia. It is part of the government's longstanding ...

  9. Singapore highlights risk of war

    Posted Jun 06th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Staff Reporter Singapore Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong has issued a warning against Taiwan independence, saying it would result in a war and a permanent rise in Chinese nationalism and hostility. The question posed the highest 'dangers of miscalculation'. 'The issue is extremely complex because it involves the domestic politics of China, the US and Taiwan ...

  10. Singapore is not the ideal model

    Posted Jul 18th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Hong Kong can learn a lot from the experiences of other cities, especially when key policy initiatives are being formulated. But the chief executive's choice of Singapore as a source ... to use it to gain insight into how Singapore developed its politicians. He had much to learn, he said, from the Singaporean bureaucracy. His comments should raise more than a few eyebrows in Hong ...




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