Lee Hsien Loong

Singaporean PM warns against 'miscalculations' in Asia

US President Barack Obama meets Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the White House in Washington. Photo: EPA

Singapore's prime minister has warned that miscalculations in Asia could set back the fast-growing region for years. US President Barack Obama, meanwhile, hailed the island city state for its military co-operation.

Thursday, 4 April, 2013, 2:56am

US plans more military co-operation with Singapore

Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong meets with US President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington. Photo: Reuters

The United States said it anticipated further military co-operation with Singapore as Washington presses forward its strategy of putting a greater focus on dispute-ridden Asia. Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, kicking off a visit to Washington, spoke to Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel about resolving territorial issues in the South and East China Seas, the Pentagon said.

3 Apr 2013 - 3:09am

Drum beat of discontent in Singapore draws near

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong

Singapore's biggest protest in decades shows that the ruling party for over half a century is facing a more vocal electorate and must change or watch its popularity slide further, analysts say.

18 Feb 2013 - 4:56am

Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew released from hospital after heart problem

Lee Kuan Yew was Singapore's prime minister from 1959  to 1990. Photo: Reuters

Lee, 89, was sent to the Singapore General Hospital after the suspected transient ischemic attack, a condition with stroke-like symptoms that clear within a day, according to the Prime Minister's Office.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Singapore PM defends growth plan that includes building on golf courses

Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Photo: Reuters

The Lion City wants to increase its population by 30 per cent over the next 17 years to sustain economic growth and counter the problems of an ageing society, according to a white paper released on Tuesday.

2 Feb 2013 - 5:17am

By-election defeat for Singapore's ruling party

Workers' Party candidate Lee Li Lian (centre) shows her appreciation to the residents of Punggol East in Singapore. Photo: Xinhua

Singapore's ruling party needs to reconnect with voters or face more severe setbacks in national polls, analysts said yesterday after a massive swing to the opposition in a by-election dominated by debate over the rising cost of living and immigration.

28 Jan 2013 - 5:30am

Singapore's ruling People's Action Party faces by-election test

Lee Hsien Loong

Singapore's governing party faces a poll test this month to fill the seat of the ex-parliamentary Speaker who quit over an affair, officials said, at a time of growing criticism of its rule.

10 Jan 2013 - 4:02am

Dynastic succession in Asian politics is no guarantee of success

Dynastic succession in Asian politics is no guarantee of success

To the extent that culture matters in politics, the recent spate of leadership changes in northeast Asia suggests that Asian societies are more tolerant - if not supportive - of dynastic succession. South Korea's recently elected president, Park Geun-hye, is the daughter of Park Chung-hee, who ruled the country from 1961 to 1979.

8 Jan 2013 - 2:57am 4 comments

Singapore government under pressure over sex scandal

Singapore's Speaker of Parliament Michael Palmer (left) announces his resignation with Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean on Wednesday. Photo: AFP

Singapore opposition parties urged Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Thursday to call a by-election after the parliamentary speaker abruptly resigned due to an extramarital affair.

The calls came less than 24 hours after Michael Palmer, 44, publicly confessed and announced his resignation from his parliamentary seat and membership of the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP).

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Singapore labour group sacks executive after racist Facebook post

Singapore’s state-linked labour movement on Monday sacked a senior executive after she posted expletive-laden and racially charged comments on Facebook that caused outrage in the city-state.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Who said it?

[Donald] Tsang was on ... a private visit, which also included tomb-sweeping

A spokesman for Tsang (above), explaining the chief executive's presence in Macau

We will be apologising and will comply with all the demands 100 per cent

An editor of a website accused of defaming Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (above)

21 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

The governing coalition must share the same vision. I doubt if this is possible if team members come from political parties that have widely different beliefs and aspirations

Former education secretary Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fun

What Yiyi wants is not just a guarantee that her leg is not amputated, but resumption of the functions of her legs

16 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Singapore needs more room for debate

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 it suffered, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong apologised to voters for mistakes the government may have made.

11 May 2011 - 12:00am

Beauty shows she has plenty of brains

It's not quite the Nobel, but congrats to PR dynamo Lelia Chow Mei-fung (below), who won herself a regional business prize recently from the Asia-Pacific Chinese Entrepreneurial Leaders Association.

21 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Singapore reiterates support for one-China policy

Premier Wen Jiabao yesterday used talks with his Singaporean counterpart, Lee Hsien Loong, to deliver a warning against any steps towards Taiwanese independence.

The official 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.

19 Nov 2007 - 12:00am