Lee Hsien Loong

The city state’s ruling party has weathered a crisis poll, now it must work with the opposition to confront challenges, contribute to region’s growth and ensure balanced ties with China and the US

  • Halimah Yacob said after ‘careful consideration’ she will not stand for re-election when her six-year term ends on September 13
  • Executive chairman of Banyan Tree Holdings Ho Kwon Ping and former transport minister Khaw Boon Wan are among possible candidates for the president’s role

Senior minister Teo Chee Hean will review whether proper processes were followed in the leasing of state-owned bungalows by ministers K Shanmugam and Vivian Balakrishnan.


Lawrence Wong’s meeting with Chinese Premier Li Qiang indicates a mutual desire to push forward cooperation ‘driven at the senior levels’, one analyst notes

In his annual May Day message, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said there is hope inflation will let up in the second half of the year and that retrenchment numbers ‘remain manageable’.


An official says ties with Beijing are driven by the country’s own interests, and interpreting Singapore-China relations from the perspective of a shared culture may lead to a ‘skewed view or misunderstandings’.

Singapore will be keen to show its continued geopolitically neutral stance, while Malaysia is expected to prioritise economic issues, push for more investment.


Lee Hsien Loong told state broadcaster CCTV that Washington and Beijing would have to stabilise ties, gradually build trust and move forward from there.


Minister K Shanmugam says Lee Hsien Yang and Lee Suet Fern ‘will have every right to provide explanations’ in perjury probe if they return to Singapore to be interviewed by police.

Lee Hsien Yang had been considering running in the presidential election, but is close to giving up due to the latest wave of verbal attacks against him.

Singapore’s survival approach includes maintaining extensive ties with the US, China and Europe to encourage a regional balance of power, Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam said.

Anwar met Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and President Halimah Yacob in first official visit to city state, says both sides need to explore new areas of cooperation.

Singapore’s economy grew by 3.8 per cent last year – more than expected but much slower than the 7.6 per cent rise enjoyed in 2021, official data showed on Tuesday.

‘We must brace ourselves … our economy will be affected’, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in his New Year’s Eve message, referring to a troubled international outlook.

The city state says its ‘back in business’, hosting a flurry of major events and rebuilding itself as a global aviation hub, even as some doctors voice concern about Covid complacency.

Wong was appointed Deputy Secretary-General, a newly created role in the People’s Action Party, one of the final steps of a well-telegraphed political succession.

Singapore’s People’s Action Party, which has won 15 consecutive general elections, highlighted US-China tensions, and a possible recession in the West as key risks to the city state during its annual conference.


Chinese vice-premier co-chairs 18th Joint Council for Bilateral Cooperation with Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat, is expected to meet top leaders including PM Lee Hsien Loong.