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The ceremonial gun carriage carried the late Mrs Lee Kuan Yew (nee Madam Kwa Geok Choo, age 90) from Sri Temasek (located within the Istana grounds) to Mandai Crematorium. At Mandai Crematorium a private funeral service was held. During the service, Mentor Minister Lee Kuan Yew delivered a touching eulogy. Read more »
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Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak made a two-day working visit to Singapore. Mr Najib was accompanied by Foreign Minister Anifah Aman and Menteri Besar of Johor Abdul Ghani Othman. During the meeting, Prime Minister Najib and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong settled a land swap agreement for four land parcels in Marina South and two land parcels in the Ophir-Rochor area. And put the issue of development charges payable on the three parcels of Malaysian land in Tanjong Pagar, Kranji and Woodlands for the Permanent Court of Arbitration to settle. This breaking the 20-year-old deadlock on the 1990 POA.
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The film “Dr Lim Hock Siew” by filmmaker Martyn See was banned under the Films Act and classified it as a prohibited film. In a statement from the Information, Communications and the Arts Ministry, it mentioned that the film “gives a distorted and misleading portrayal of Dr Lim Lok Siew’s arrests and detention under the Internal Security Act (ISA) in 1963.”
Singapore’s former Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister, Dr Goh Keng Swee, died after battling a long illness. In 1984 Dr Goh retired from politics where he had served as Deputy Prime Minister for 11 years. Dr Goh was educated at Anglo Chinese School and then studied economics at Raffles College. A scholarship took him to the London School of Economics where he obtaining his PhD in 1956.
The Housing and Development Board (HDB) has committed $1 billion to upgrade eight towns. The eight towns are in the Central zone like Ang Mo Kio, Toa Payoh, Bishan, Serangoon, Kallang/Whampoa, Queenstown, Bukit Merah and Central. This upgrade plan was announced by Deputy PM and Minister for Home Affairs, Wong Kan Seng announced this at the HDB’s 50th anniversary celebrations.
Anti-PAP (People’s Action Party) fliers urging residents to take ‘collective and concerted action to go against the PAP’ have been circulated in Sengkang Housing Estate. These unsigned fliers were found stuffed in letterboxes of HDB Blocks 244 to 256, Compassvale Road. The A4-size flier with the criticisms written in both English and Chinese, made allegations about corruption and exploitation and complained about cost of living issues, among other things.
OneMap, Singapore’s first intelligent map information system, was launched by Minister for Law and Second Minister for Home Affairs K Shanmuga. OneMap aims to provides a reliable, timely and accurate location-based information to the public. One service offered allow parents to find out if their homes are within one or two kilometres of a certain primary school.
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Holland Town Council and Bukit Panjang Town Council, both People’s Action Party (PAP) town councils, had invested $12 million in troubled in the Lehman Brothers-linked Minibonds and the Merrill Lynch Jubilee Series 3. The 2 PAP) town councils send out a detailed explanation of their investments to about 53,000 households under their care.
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20-year-old Muhammad Shafi’ie Syahmi Sariman, 33-year-old Activist Isrizal Mohamed Isa and 47-year-old John Tan Liang Joo, Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) assistant secretary-general, were jailed for contempt of court. The action by the three was the worst form of insult when they branded Singapore’s justice system as a ‘kangaroo court’ by wearing T-shirts with a kangaroo dressed in a judge’s robe. ‘Kangaroo court’ is usually understood as being a court characterised by irregular procedures or sham proceedings. At the time of the incident, the three had been outside the Supreme Court building where a hearing had been taking place to determine damages that Singapore Democratic Party leader Chee Soon Juan and his sister Chee Siok Chin had to pay. John Tan Liang Joo was sentenced to 15 days’ jail. Isrizal Mohamed Isa and full-time national serviceman Muhammad Shafi’ie Syahmi Sariman, were each sentenced to seven days’ jail. Justice Judith Prakash also ordered each of them to pay SGD $5,000 in costs to the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC).
A Singapore court has found the Wall Street Journal in contempt of court for publishing three articles relating to Singapore’s judiciary, and fined it SGD $25,000. According to court statement “The three publications, read individually or collectively, are in contempt of court because of the allegations by way of insinuations clearly possess the inherent tendency to interfere with administration of justice”. In addition to the fine, Dow Jones Publishing Company (Asia) was ordered to pay $30,000 in legal costs to the Attorney-General, who had initiated the legal action.
Ministers and top civil servants will get a pay cut of up to 19 per cent next year. The Civil Service is also reducing the year-end bonus payment for this year. In 2009, the Prime Minister and President will see their annual salaries cut by 19 per cent. Ministers and Senior Permanent Secretaries will see an 18 per cent fall. The allowance for Members of Parliament will be cut by 16 per cent. Next year, according to his spokeperson, the Prime Minister will actually see his salary fall to pre-revision levels?
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Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong called for a measured response to the ongoing global financial crisis, cautioning against an over-reaction that might cause more alarm and uncertainty. He urged Financial authorities to keep in close contact. PM Lee stressed that it is important to engage the international financial institutions, which have the resources and knowledge to help governments manage this crisis.
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The landmark free trade agreement (FTA) between China and Singapore, which is the Chinese government’s first with an Asian country, will eliminate tariffs for 85 per cent of Singapore’s exports to China from January 2009. An additional 10 per cent of exports, or 95 per cent of Singapore’s exports to China, will be duty-free from 2010 onwards. The Singapore exports covered by the FTA, which include such items as instant coffee, aviation kerosene and ornamental fish, have a total trade value of over $18 billion. As part of the China-Singapore FTA , Singapore will lift tariffs for all Chinese exports to Singapore. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loon and his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao signed the FTA in Beijing.