Dewey Sim

Dewey Sim is a journalist based in Singapore who covers politics, financial and defence news.
Dewey Sim
Dewey Sim is a journalist based in Singapore who covers politics, financial and defence news.

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Petrol bombs and tear gas in tense stand-off in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong

The “Reclaim Tuen Mun” rally kicked off in the New Territories town on Saturday after an initial police ban was overturned. 

22 Sep 2019 - 12:53AM

The “Reclaim Tuen Mun” rally kicked off in the New Territories town on Saturday after an initial police ban was overturned. 

Petrol bombs and tear gas in tense stand-off in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong
Why can’t Southeast Asia snuff out its haze problem for good?

Despite years of diplomatic talks and local rules targeting the culprits behind illegal fires, the haze continues to plague Indonesia’s neighbours every year.

20 Sep 2019 - 10:07PM

Despite years of diplomatic talks and local rules targeting the culprits behind illegal fires, the haze continues to plague Indonesia’s neighbours every year.

Why can’t Southeast Asia snuff out its haze problem for good?
Where are Chinese tourists going if they’re giving protest-hit Hong Kong a miss?

Several big winners have emerged in Southeast Asia as mainland holidaymakers eye alternatives amid Hong Kong’s escalating violence.

19 Sep 2019 - 9:49PM

Several big winners have emerged in Southeast Asia as mainland holidaymakers eye alternatives amid Hong Kong’s escalating violence.

Where are Chinese tourists going if they’re giving protest-hit Hong Kong a miss?
Singapore Yale-NUS College’s class on dissent ‘not training for Hong Kong-style protests’

Programme organiser Alfian Sa’at defends week-long course after liberal arts school scraps event citing law banning ‘partisan politics’ on campus.

16 Sep 2019 - 11:18PM

Programme organiser Alfian Sa’at defends week-long course after liberal arts school scraps event citing law banning ‘partisan politics’ on campus.

Singapore Yale-NUS College’s class on dissent ‘not training for Hong Kong-style protests’
Are Singaporean ‘tourists’ in North Korea actually eyeing ‘last untapped market’?

It’s illegal, but the potential is huge: trade with the hermit kingdom is risky and Lion City authorities are warning travellers and businesspeople alike to stay away or risk violating UN sanctions.

16 Sep 2019 - 10:16AM

It’s illegal, but the potential is huge: trade with the hermit kingdom is risky and Lion City authorities are warning travellers and businesspeople alike to stay away or risk violating UN sanctions.

Are Singaporean ‘tourists’ in North Korea actually eyeing ‘last untapped market’?
How bad is it in Hong Kong? Depends where you are when asked, Singapore business survey finds

A survey of 120 American companies in Singapore has found that those with a presence in Hong Kong are less concerned about the ongoing protests than those not operating in the city.

16 Sep 2019 - 11:48AM

A survey of 120 American companies in Singapore has found that those with a presence in Hong Kong are less concerned about the ongoing protests than those not operating in the city.

How bad is it in Hong Kong? Depends where you are when asked, Singapore business survey finds
Singapore photography festival captures closer ties between locals and migrant workers

Efforts such as the festival help bridge the gap between the country’s 1 million migrant workers and Singaporeans, as activists warn of surging xenophobia.

13 Sep 2019 - 2:17PM

Efforts such as the festival help bridge the gap between the country’s 1 million migrant workers and Singaporeans, as activists warn of surging xenophobia.

Singapore photography festival captures closer ties between locals and migrant workers
Singapore’s PM Lee ‘will testify in court’ if defamation suit against The Online Citizen editor goes to trial

The suit has caused a stir amid talk of looming elections, but analysts say the case shouldn’t be seen as a proxy battle between PM Lee Hsien Loong and his siblings.

11 Sep 2019 - 9:18PM

The suit has caused a stir amid talk of looming elections, but analysts say the case shouldn’t be seen as a proxy battle between PM Lee Hsien Loong and his siblings.

Singapore’s PM Lee ‘will testify in court’ if defamation suit against The Online Citizen editor goes to trial
Singapore and Chongqing seal deals on trade, telecoms and ties during visit by Chinese megacity’s top boss Chen Miner

Plans for deeper cooperation come as the megacity’s top official Chen Miner visits the city state. Singapore has cultivated close ties with Chongqing party bosses in recent years, though earlier two leaders were purged after graft scandals.

11 Sep 2019 - 10:57PM

Plans for deeper cooperation come as the megacity’s top official Chen Miner visits the city state. Singapore has cultivated close ties with Chongqing party bosses in recent years, though earlier two leaders were purged after graft scandals.

Singapore and Chongqing seal deals on trade, telecoms and ties during visit by Chinese megacity’s top boss Chen Miner
From transport to housing, Singapore’s centenarians on how the Lion City has transformed in their lifetime

For 1,300 Singaporeans, life a century ago included sleeping in self-made huts and drawing polluted water from a well for showers

9 Sep 2019 - 12:13PM

For 1,300 Singaporeans, life a century ago included sleeping in self-made huts and drawing polluted water from a well for showers

From transport to housing, Singapore’s centenarians on how the Lion City has transformed in their lifetime
Zimbabwe ex-leader Robert Mugabe spent last days ‘detained’ in a Singapore hospital for treatment

The deposed leader spent his last days in the island nation – where his daughter studied, his wife shopped and he received medical treatment.

6 Sep 2019 - 8:12PM

The deposed leader spent his last days in the island nation – where his daughter studied, his wife shopped and he received medical treatment.

Zimbabwe ex-leader Robert Mugabe spent last days ‘detained’ in a Singapore hospital for treatment
Singapore election expected soon as Lee Hsien Loong sets up electoral boundaries panel

The formation of the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee is seen as the first formal step towards a general election. The time between the release of the panel’s report and polling day has ranged from 17 days to six months.

4 Sep 2019 - 6:50PM

The formation of the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee is seen as the first formal step towards a general election. The time between the release of the panel’s report and polling day has ranged from 17 days to six months.

Singapore election expected soon as Lee Hsien Loong sets up electoral boundaries panel
Hong Kong edges out Singapore in liveability survey, Osaka and Tokyo among world’s top 10

Economist Intelligence Unit’s latest research places two Japanese cities near top of the global table, but Hong Kong and Singapore only manage 38th and 40th spots.

4 Sep 2019 - 5:32PM

Economist Intelligence Unit’s latest research places two Japanese cities near top of the global table, but Hong Kong and Singapore only manage 38th and 40th spots.

Hong Kong edges out Singapore in liveability survey, Osaka and Tokyo among world’s top 10
Singapore will not escape economic impact if Hong Kong unrest persists, trade minister Chan Chun Sing says

Businesses heavily dependent on the protest-hit city will feel the pinch, trade minister Chan Chun Sing warns.

3 Sep 2019 - 2:59PM

Businesses heavily dependent on the protest-hit city will feel the pinch, trade minister Chan Chun Sing warns.

Singapore will not escape economic impact if Hong Kong unrest persists, trade minister Chan Chun Sing says
US-China trust needed more than trade deal to stop break-up of world economy, Singapore minister warns

Chan Chun Sing says the ‘most dangerous trajectory’ for global trade is nations ‘fragmenting’ their supply chains to reduce economic risks.

3 Sep 2019 - 12:25PM

Chan Chun Sing says the ‘most dangerous trajectory’ for global trade is nations ‘fragmenting’ their supply chains to reduce economic risks.

US-China trust needed more than trade deal to stop break-up of world economy, Singapore minister warns
Singapore looks to curb foreign influence by tweaking ‘religious harmony’ law

The proposed changes would see key positions in religious organisation limited to Singaporeans or permanent residents of the city state, and mandate that large donations from foreigners or foreign groups be declared.

2 Sep 2019 - 11:34PM

The proposed changes would see key positions in religious organisation limited to Singaporeans or permanent residents of the city state, and mandate that large donations from foreigners or foreign groups be declared.

Singapore looks to curb foreign influence by tweaking ‘religious harmony’ law
Singapore opposition should not use ‘coalition’ of losing parties to challenge PAP: author

If Singapore’s opposition parties want to challenge the ruling People’s Action Party they will have to include the sole opposition party whose members have been elected to parliament, author Loke Hoe Yeong has said at the launch of his new book on the city state’s politics.

1 Sep 2019 - 7:14PM

If Singapore’s opposition parties want to challenge the ruling People’s Action Party they will have to include the sole opposition party whose members have been elected to parliament, author Loke Hoe Yeong has said at the launch of his new book on the city state’s politics.

Singapore opposition should not use ‘coalition’ of losing parties to challenge PAP: author
Tokyo, Singapore among world’s safest cities but Hong Kong slides down rankings

The Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2019 Safe Cities index found Singapore set the benchmark for infrastructure and personal security, but Tokyo and Osaka were the front runners in digital and health security respectively.

29 Aug 2019 - 2:59PM

The Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2019 Safe Cities index found Singapore set the benchmark for infrastructure and personal security, but Tokyo and Osaka were the front runners in digital and health security respectively.

Tokyo, Singapore among world’s safest cities but Hong Kong slides down rankings
DFS’ departure from liquor, tobacco sales at Singapore’s Changi Airport leaves travellers nostalgic

The duty-free retailer, which has been at the airport since 1980, said it was no longer ‘financially’ viable to run these concessions and it would focus on luxury retail from mid-2020.

29 Aug 2019 - 11:06AM

The duty-free retailer, which has been at the airport since 1980, said it was no longer ‘financially’ viable to run these concessions and it would focus on luxury retail from mid-2020.

DFS’ departure from liquor, tobacco sales at Singapore’s Changi Airport leaves travellers nostalgic
Singapore’s climate change dilemma: elevate or leave. What are the solutions?

Officials want to reclaim land to tackle the problem, but environmentalists say mitigation is also needed and Singapore needs to see the bigger picture.

25 Aug 2019 - 2:13PM

Officials want to reclaim land to tackle the problem, but environmentalists say mitigation is also needed and Singapore needs to see the bigger picture.

Singapore’s climate change dilemma: elevate or leave. What are the solutions?
Singapore universities pull plug on Hong Kong stints for students on government advice

The Singapore education ministry’s guidance to universities to postpone trips to Hong Kong comes on the back of a government advisory for Singaporeans to defer all non-essential travel to the protest-hit city.

22 Aug 2019 - 11:34PM

The Singapore education ministry’s guidance to universities to postpone trips to Hong Kong comes on the back of a government advisory for Singaporeans to defer all non-essential travel to the protest-hit city.

Singapore universities pull plug on Hong Kong stints for students on government advice
Singapore will continue not to take sides between US and China, says PM Lee Hsien Loong

In his annual policy speech, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong addressed a slew of issues including the US-China trade war, the city’s looming recession, and long-term climate change efforts.

19 Aug 2019 - 11:38AM

In his annual policy speech, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong addressed a slew of issues including the US-China trade war, the city’s looming recession, and long-term climate change efforts.

Singapore will continue not to take sides between US and China, says PM Lee Hsien Loong
Singapore’s small firms hit by US-China trade war want help, but relief may take some time yet

There are signs of a looming recession in the city-state and fearful small businesses are counting on government help.

17 Aug 2019 - 10:19PM

There are signs of a looming recession in the city-state and fearful small businesses are counting on government help.

Singapore’s small firms hit by US-China trade war want help, but relief may take some time yet
Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia are Asia’s top spots for China’s belt and road plan: executives

Infrastructure projects being eyed by regional companies include smart cities, industrial estates and roads

15 Aug 2019 - 10:35PM

Infrastructure projects being eyed by regional companies include smart cities, industrial estates and roads

Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia are Asia’s top spots for China’s belt and road plan: executives
Asia fears ‘second cold war’ as Donald Trump pushes Iran into Chinese arms

Washington’s campaign to limit Iran’s nuclear programme is prompting Tehran to pivot to Beijing and Moscow, while the US-China trade war is forcing Asian countries to pick sides, experts say

14 Aug 2019 - 1:10AM

Washington’s campaign to limit Iran’s nuclear programme is prompting Tehran to pivot to Beijing and Moscow, while the US-China trade war is forcing Asian countries to pick sides, experts say

Asia fears ‘second cold war’ as Donald Trump pushes Iran into Chinese arms
Hong Kong airport protest chaos: Asian airlines wrestle with fallout after flights turned away from city

Singapore Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Malaysia Airlines are among the carriers re-routing aircraft as thousands of demonstrators descend on the airport.

13 Aug 2019 - 10:11AM

Singapore Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Malaysia Airlines are among the carriers re-routing aircraft as thousands of demonstrators descend on the airport.

Hong Kong airport protest chaos: Asian airlines wrestle with fallout after flights turned away from city
Have Singaporeans misunderstood the nature of Hong Kong protests?

Some Hongkongers believe that Singaporeans who criticise the protests do not really understand the situation – but are happy to benefit from the outflows of money from Hong Kong.

11 Aug 2019 - 10:42AM

Some Hongkongers believe that Singaporeans who criticise the protests do not really understand the situation – but are happy to benefit from the outflows of money from Hong Kong.

Have Singaporeans misunderstood the nature of Hong Kong protests?
For Singapore’s 54th birthday, Mahathir, Jokowi are welcome. Raffles’ ghost, not so much

The leaders of Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei have all been invited to the Lion City’s National Day celebrations. The spectre of British colonialism is making an appearance too, but as an unwanted guest

9 Aug 2019 - 9:30PM

The leaders of Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei have all been invited to the Lion City’s National Day celebrations. The spectre of British colonialism is making an appearance too, but as an unwanted guest

For Singapore’s 54th birthday, Mahathir, Jokowi are welcome. Raffles’ ghost, not so much
Is Singapore on the right path with tighter rules for e-scooters and hoverboards?

The Lion City says it will tighten rules for personal mobility devices (PMDs) following public outcries over pedestrian safety and fire safety, sparking a mixed reaction from retailers and users.

6 Aug 2019 - 12:04PM

The Lion City says it will tighten rules for personal mobility devices (PMDs) following public outcries over pedestrian safety and fire safety, sparking a mixed reaction from retailers and users.

Is Singapore on the right path with tighter rules for e-scooters and hoverboards?
Electric scooters, unicycles, hoverboards … why can’t Singaporeans just walk?

To fans, personal mobility devices are the future of ‘last-mile’ commuting. To haters, they’re a menace to pedestrians, a fire hazard and about as welcome as the shared bikes that once cluttered the streets.

4 Aug 2019 - 12:20PM

To fans, personal mobility devices are the future of ‘last-mile’ commuting. To haters, they’re a menace to pedestrians, a fire hazard and about as welcome as the shared bikes that once cluttered the streets.

Electric scooters, unicycles, hoverboards … why can’t Singaporeans just walk?