Hakka people http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/25277/all en Lawsuit threat reminds critics of caution in more open Singapore http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130111/lawsuit-threat-reminds-critics-caution-more-open-singapore <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By John O'Callaghan</p> <p>SINGAPORE, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Singapore's long-ruling government is reacting to discontent about rising prices, foreign workers and a sluggish economy with unprecedented openness but threats of lawsuits show it remains testy with critics deemed to have crossed the line.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130111/lawsuit-threat-reminds-critics-caution-more-open-singapore" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asian people Government Hakka people Politics Technology Thomson Reuters Fri, 11 Jan 2013 05:45:03 +0000 5732990 at http://www.globalpost.com By-election shines a light on discontented Singapore http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130125/election-shines-light-discontented-singapore <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Kevin Lim</p> <p>SINGAPORE, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Sky-high housing prices. Train breakdowns. Foreigners stealing jobs, and a widening chasm between rich and poor.</p> <p>A by-election in Singapore on Saturday is putting a spotlight on strains and discontent in one of Asia's wealthiest countries and biggest success stories: the transformation of a post-colonial backwater into an economic powerhouse.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130125/election-shines-light-discontented-singapore" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Business Government Hakka people Human Interest Social Issues Technology Thomson Reuters Fri, 25 Jan 2013 09:30:45 +0000 5739258 at http://www.globalpost.com Election loss forces Singapore into delicate balancing act http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130127/election-loss-forces-singapore-delicate-balancing-act <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By John O'Callaghan</p> <p>SINGAPORE, Jan 27 (Reuters) - It was just one seat in parliament but the loss of a by-election this weekend will force Singapore's long-ruling People's Action Party (PAP) to take a hard look at how it balances investor and voter needs in one of the world's biggest financial centres.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130127/election-loss-forces-singapore-delicate-balancing-act" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Government Hakka people Health Labor North-East Region, Singapore Politics Social Issues Thomson Reuters Sun, 27 Jan 2013 13:00:29 +0000 5740068 at http://www.globalpost.com FACTBOX-Key political risks to watch in Singapore http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130128/factbox-key-political-risks-watch-singapore <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Kevin Lim</p> <p>SINGAPORE, Jan 28 (Reuters) - Rich and orderly Singapore, a regional base for many multinationals and fund managers, is one of Asia's smoothest-running and least risky countries, and is rated triple-A by both Moody's and Standard &amp; Poor's.</p> <p>Economic growth is slowing, however, and discontent with the ruling party is on the rise amid high inflation and income inequality that is among the most extreme in the developed world.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130128/factbox-key-political-risks-watch-singapore" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Government Hakka people Thomson Reuters Mon, 28 Jan 2013 08:30:23 +0000 5740364 at http://www.globalpost.com Singapore plans rare protest as population debate rages http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130206/singapore-plans-rare-protest-population-debate-rages <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>SINGAPORE, Feb 6 (Reuters) - Singapore is to hold a rare anti-government demonstration against plans for a dramatic increase in immigration that would boost the island's population by as much as 30 percent by 2030.</p> <p>Discontent is growing in affluent Singapore over a rising number of foreigners blamed for strains on infrastructure, ballooning housing costs and transportation headaches in a country slightly smaller than New York City.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130206/singapore-plans-rare-protest-population-debate-rages" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Government Hakka people Politics Thomson Reuters Wed, 06 Feb 2013 12:45:25 +0000 5747481 at http://www.globalpost.com Protest, voter anger put political risk in Singapore's future http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130215/protest-voter-anger-put-political-risk-singapores-future <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By John O'Callaghan</p> <p>SINGAPORE, Feb 15 (Reuters) - Gilbert Goh is an unlikely radical.</p> <p>But as anger swells over living costs and immigration in Singapore, one of Asia's richest and most expensive countries, the bespectacled 51-year-old unemployment counsellor is moving beyond the fringe of political activism to the centre of a rancorous debate over the nation's future.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130215/protest-voter-anger-put-political-risk-singapores-future" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Business Government Hakka people Politics Thomson Reuters Fri, 15 Feb 2013 06:45:19 +0000 5756346 at http://www.globalpost.com Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew in hospital http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130216/singapores-lee-kuan-yew-hospital <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Former Singapore prime minister Lee Kuan Yew is recovering in hospital after suffering from an irregular heartbeat, the government said Saturday.</p> <p>Lee, 89, will remain at Singapore General Hospital for a few days, said a statement issued by the office of his son, current Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.</p> <p>The elder Lee was confined on Friday "after experiencing a suspected transient ischaemic attack (TIA) associated with a prolonged episode of atrial fibrillation", or an irregular heartbeat, the statement said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130216/singapores-lee-kuan-yew-hospital" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asian people Government Hakka people Lee Kuan Yew Politics AFP Sat, 16 Feb 2013 12:15:46 +0000 5757458 at http://www.globalpost.com Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew in hospital http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130216/singapores-lee-kuan-yew-hospital-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Singapore's founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew is recovering in hospital after suffering from an irregular heartbeat, the government said Saturday.</p> <p>Lee, 89, will remain at Singapore General Hospital for a few days, said a statement issued by the office of his son, current Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, 61.</p> <p>The elder Lee was confined on Friday "after experiencing a suspected transient ischaemic attack (TIA)" associated with a prolonged episode of irregular heartbeat, the statement said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130216/singapores-lee-kuan-yew-hospital-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asian people Government Hakka people Human Interest Politics AFP Sat, 16 Feb 2013 13:45:53 +0000 5757491 at http://www.globalpost.com Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew discharged from hospital http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130217/singapores-lee-kuan-yew-discharged-hospital <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Singapore's founding father Lee Kuan Yew has been discharged from hospital after being confined due to an irregular heartbeat, the government said Sunday.</p> <p>A statement from the office of his son, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, said the 89-year-old former leader was resting at home.</p> <p>"The doctors are following up with him to optimise his anti-coagulation therapy, in order to minimise the risk of further transient ischaemic attacks," it said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130217/singapores-lee-kuan-yew-discharged-hospital" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asian people Government Hakka people Human Interest Politics AFP Sun, 17 Feb 2013 09:30:44 +0000 5758012 at http://www.globalpost.com US presses Asia 'pivot' with Singapore PM http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130401/us-presses-asia-pivot-singapore-pm <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The United States said Monday that it anticipated further military cooperation with Singapore as Washington presses forward its strategy of putting a greater focus on dispute-ridden Asia.</p> <p>Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, kicking off a visit to Washington, spoke to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel about his views on resolving territorial issues in the South and East China Seas, the Pentagon said.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130401/us-presses-asia-pivot-singapore-pm" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Environment Government Hakka people Health Hospitality Political geography Politics War AFP Mon, 01 Apr 2013 20:30:52 +0000 5798795 at http://www.globalpost.com Obama heaps praise on Singapore http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130402/obama-heaps-praise-singapore <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>President Barack Obama praised Singapore on Tuesday as an example to the world and a key source of advice for his diplomatic pivot to Asia, as he met Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.</p> <p>"Singapore is one of the most successful countries in the world," Obama said, thanking Lee for close US-Singapore military cooperation and the city state's role as a US ally in Asia, a prime focus of Obama foreign policy.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130402/obama-heaps-praise-singapore" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Environment Government Hakka people Health Political geography Politics War AFP Tue, 02 Apr 2013 19:18:05 +0000 5799721 at http://www.globalpost.com Obama thanks Singapore for military help http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130402/obama-thanks-singapore-military-help <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>President Barack Obama thanked Singapore for its military help Tuesday, as the first of a new generation of US coastal warships steamed to the city state to support his policy "pivot" to Asia.</p> <p>Obama made a point of pouring praise on Singapore as an example to the world and as an important ally and source of counsel for Washington in Asia as he welcomed Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong for Oval Office talks.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130402/obama-thanks-singapore-military-help" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Environment Government Hakka people Health Political geography Politics War AFP Tue, 02 Apr 2013 22:15:20 +0000 5799826 at http://www.globalpost.com Singapore PM, in US, warns of Asia risks http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130402/singapore-pm-us-warns-asia-risks <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Singapore's prime minister warned Tuesday that miscalculations in Asia could set back the fast-growing region for years as President Barack Obama hailed the city-state for military cooperation.</p> <p>On a visit to Washington, Lee Hsien Loong said that the United States had "fundamental interests" in freedom of navigation and stability in a region where China's disputes with neighbors have intensified.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130402/singapore-pm-us-warns-asia-risks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Environment Government Hakka people Health International relations Politics War AFP Wed, 03 Apr 2013 02:30:26 +0000 5799906 at http://www.globalpost.com Singapore PM visits White House http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130406/singapore-pm-visits-white-house <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asianet </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p></p><P> Singapore's prime minister on Tuesday becomes the third Asian leader to visit the White House this year, as President Barack Obama pursues closer ties with countries in the region in his second term.</p><P>It will be Lee Hsien Loong's (lee haz-ee-en lahng) first Oval Office meeting in six years and comes as the U.S. pushes for completion by the fall of a trans-Pacific free trade pact. Singapore, a close ally, is one of the 11 countries taking part in the negotiations.</p><P>The U.S. and Singapore also have strong defense ties. Next week, the U.S.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130406/singapore-pm-visits-white-house" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Environment Government Hakka people Health Political geography Politics Asianet Sat, 06 Apr 2013 16:16:58 +0000 Asianet 5804096 at http://www.globalpost.com Taiwan opposition leader to meet Singapore PM http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130409/taiwan-opposition-leader-meet-singapore-pm <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Taiwan's opposition leader Su Tseng-chang is visiting Singapore and is expected to meet Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong during a trip kept low-profile because of likely objections from China, reports said Tuesday.</p> <p>Su, from the China-sceptic Democratic Progressive Party, will also visit the city-state's founding father Lee Kwan Yew, the United Evening News said.</p> <p>Party spokesman Lin Chun-hsien declined to comment to AFP on the report.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130409/taiwan-opposition-leader-meet-singapore-pm" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Government Hakka people Politics War AFP Tue, 09 Apr 2013 11:45:46 +0000 5806831 at http://www.globalpost.com