Oil Price Down But Petrol Price Up


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Pump prices across all petrol stations when up after Government announcement of a hike in petrol duties. The tariff for premium grade petrol is now SGD$0.64 per litre, up by 20 cents, while the duty for lower grade petrol, such as 92-octane and 95-octane, is SG$0.56 cents per litre, up by 15 cents. The petrol companies sell their 95-octane petrol for about SGD$2.00 per litre. Premium grade petrol is around SGD$2.50. Read more »

Prime Minister’s Office Web Page Kana Hack


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Subpages on the Prime Minister’s Office was hacked into late night. The hacked page showed “It’s great to be Singaporean today” next to the group’s trademark Guy Fawkes mask, a symbol of anti-establishment defiance worldwide. It was the work by apparent members of activist group Anonymous. PM Lee vowed to hunt down the one who attacks the state network. Read more »

Free Entry To The Museums


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Singaporeans and permanent residents (PR) will be able to enjoy free entry to all national museums and heritage institutions from 18 May 2013. This was announced by Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong. Read more »

Lee Kuan Yew Had A Transient Ischaemic Attack


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Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, Former Minister Mentor and First Prime Minister of Singapore, was admitted to Singapore General Hospital after experiencing a suspected transient ischaemic attack (happens when blood flow to a part of the brain stops for a brief period of time) associated with a prolonged episode of atrial fibrillation (or irregular heartbeat). Read more »

Punggol East By Election


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PM Lee announced that the by-election for Punggol East will be held on 26 Jan 2013. Mr Lee said even though he has been busy with national issues, he has decided to hold a by-election to give Punggol East residents their own MP in Parliament, before returning back to refocus on national issues. It was rumored that PAP Activists were stockpiling plywood that is mainly used for election posters ahead of the announcements. The By-Election was eventually won by the opposition, Workers Party, with a deciding 60% majority. Read more »

First Woman Speaker Of Parliament


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Minister of State Halimah Yacob to be elected as Speaker of Parliament. She is Singapore’s first woman Speaker and will fill the post vacated by former Member of Parliament, Mr Michael Palmer, who stepped down due to an extramarital affair. Read more »

WP Won Hougang By-Election


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The Elections Department declared the by-election was won by Workers Party (WP). Two parties, the ruling PAP and the WP, fought for the vacated seat. Read more »

Ms. Gillard At The Istana


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Australia’s Prime Minister Julia Gillard is on an official visit to Singapore. She was given a ceremonial welcome at the Istana this morning. Also present was Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. After the ceremony, Ms Gillard met Singapore’s Acting President Mr J Y Pillay. Ms. Gillard is in Singapore to hold security and trade talks with her Singapore counterpart, Lee Hsien Loong. Ms. Gillard reassured that the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) would be allowed continued access to training facilities in Oakey in Queensland, Pearce in Western Australia and Tamworth in Victoria. Read more »

Hougang Constituency By-Election


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A By-Election for Hougang Constituency will be called as the Member of Parliament (MP) seat was left vacant after the Workers’ Party (WP) expelled Mr Yaw Shin Leong, following reports of Mr Yaw’s personal indiscretions. Read more »

PM Lee Shines Spotlight At Temasek Review Emeritus


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Editor of Temasek Review Emeritus, www.tremeritus.com, was served a lawyer’s letter from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong for carrying allegedly defamatory remarks on his website. In the letter, Mr Lee’s lawyer wrote “…alleged that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong secured or was instrumental in securing the appointment of his wife, Madam Ho Ching, as the chief executive officer (CEO) of Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited for nepotistic motives.” Read more »

Island-wide Air Raid Siren Sounded At Around Noon


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They are part of the events lined up to mark the 70th anniversary of the fall of Singapore to the Japanese on 15 February 1942. Singaporeans remembered and learned valuable lessons from the resilience and strength of spirit that their forefathers demonstrated during the Japanese Occupation. He said in the midst of this dark chapter in the country’s history, they endured tremendous hardship between 1942 and 1945. Many struggled to rebuild their dreams, homes, lives and adapted in the face of hardship and challenges. Read more »

Yaw Shin Leong Expelled From Workers’ Party


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Singapore’s opposition Workers’ Party has expelled its Member of Parliament (MP) for Hougang, Yaw Shin Leong on Valentine’s Day 2012, amid allegations of an extramarital affair. Mr Yaw had secured a win in the last General Election.

Dr Toh Chin Chye Passed On


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Singapore’s former Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister, Dr Toh Chin Chye (1921-2012), died in his sleep. In 1988 Dr Toh retired from politics and was conferred the Order of Nila Utama (First Class) in 1990. Dr Toh was educated at Raffles College and the University of London. He received a PhD in Physiology from the National Institute for Medical Research in London. Read more »

Parliament Accepted Revised Ministers Pay


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Parliament has accepted the proposals made by the Committee to Review Ministerial Salaries after a three-day debate. Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, who is also Minister-in-charge of civil service, said both sides of the House (PAP and two opposition parties) have moved much closer together. 30 MPs took part in the debate. The new salary structure will be backdated to 21 May 2011. Huat Ah! Read more »

Singapore Government Swearing-In Ceremony


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During the ceremony held in the State Room of the Istana, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said that Singapore had just gone through a watershed 2011 General Election. Almost all the seats were contested, for the first time in decades. Many Singaporeans were voting also for the first time. Singapore has entered a new phase in its political development. Head of government included Prime Minister LEE Hsien Loong (since 12 August 2004); Deputy Prime Minister TEO Chee Hean (since 1 April 2009) and Deputy Prime Minister THARMAN Shanmugaratnam (since 21 May 2011); Senior Minister HENG Chee How (since 21 May 2011). Read more »

Three Unpopular Ministers Done For


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Deputy Prime Minister (cum Home Affairs Minister) Wong Kan Seng, Minister for National Development Mah Bow Tan, and Minister for Transport Raymond Lim, will leave the Cabinet. According to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong the three men had previously expressed a desire to step down but decided to stay on to fight the recently concluded May 7 Singapore General Election. Wong Kan Seng is often blamed for Terrorist Mas Selamat escape, Mah Bow Tan for sky rocketing cost of public housing and Raymond Lim was blamed for the high cost of transportation in Singapore. Read more »

Goh Chok Tong Resigned


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Former Singapore Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong has resigned from the country’s cabinet. The move comes after his political party’s worst election result since 1965. Read more »

PAP Won 2011 General Election


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Singapore’s incumbent PAP (People’s Action Party) won the 2011 General Election. It was the 16th General Election in Singapore and the 11th since independence. The governing People’s Action Party (PAP) secured their 13th consecutive term in office since 1959. PAP won all but six seats to the opposition party (Workers’ Party). Read more »

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