Visit our new website:

Only one Singaporean is fit to be president

  • Thu, 14 Sep 2017 06:09

IT IS very important, Lee Hsien Loong, Singapore’s prime minister, explained last year, that all Singaporeans feel they have a genuine chance of becoming president. To that end, his government tinkered with the eligibility criteria for candidates. Yet Singaporeans primed for a festival of inclusiveness at this year’s election must be confused. On September 11th a committee of senior officials declared that only one candidate was eligible to stand, and that the woman in question, Halimah Yacob, a former speaker of parliament, was thus deemed to have been elected unopposed. She will be sworn in on September 14th.

Singapore’s democracy can sometimes seem a little regimented: the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) has been in power since before independence in 1965. So when the government decided to amend the constitution in 1991 to allow direct elections for president, ostensibly to deepen popular engagement with politics, observers were suspicious—and rightly so. The...Continue reading Asia


US Weekly

Related Stories

Chinese Investors in North Korea Suffer Heavy Losses
  • Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:15

Chinese businessmen with investments in North Korea are suffering heavy losses as China tightens sanctions on the nuclear-armed state in response to i...

Impoverished 'Snowflake Boy' Only Gets Small Amount of Funds Donated by Well-Wishers
  • Mon, 22 Jan 2018 07:18

A primary school student whose snow-encrusted photograph went viral after he struggled to school in sub-zero temperatures in the southwestern Chinese ...

Pad Man: A man's 'period poverty' rescue becomes a film
  • Mon, 22 Jan 2018 06:11

A new film, Pad Man, charts one man's 20-year bid to make cheaper sanitary towels available in India. BBC News - Asia

Fender Monterey Bluetooth speaker review: Rugged, loud, and fun, but also pricey and only marginally portable
  • Mon, 22 Jan 2018 05:44

I thought the Fender Newport Bluetooth speaker that I recently reviewed was a clever homage to guitar amps, but the company’s Monterey takes the gui...

Military Rule Is No Laughing Matter---Unless You're Thailand's Eccentric Leader
  • Mon, 22 Jan 2018 05:13

Thai Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha uses antics to help soften his image and position himself to lead an elected government four years after a coup he says sa...

Ecuador is fighting crime using Chinese surveillance technology
  • Mon, 22 Jan 2018 04:11

Ecuador has introduced a security system using monitoring technology from China, including facial recognition, as it tries to bring down its crime rat...

Interview: 'They Are Very Sick But The Illness Cannot Be Treated With Medicine'
  • Mon, 22 Jan 2018 03:22

Former Vietnamese political prisoner Nguyen Dinh Ngoc, who blogs under the name Nguyen Ngoc Gia, was released from prison on December 27, 2017 from a ...

China Accuses U.S. of Encroachment in South China Sea
  • Mon, 22 Jan 2018 02:10

China criticized the U.S. Navy for sailing a guided-missile destroyer close to a disputed outcrop in the South China Sea, adding to tensions between t...

‘Tiger Farms’ Still Operate in Laos, Defying Trafficking Bans
  • Mon, 22 Jan 2018 00:09

Three tigers were found killed near a protected forest zone in Laos early this week, drawing renewed attention to the presence in the country of so-ca...

Jack Ma has a solution for China’s ‘left-behind kids’: boarding school
  • Sun, 21 Jan 2018 22:09

Jack Ma Yun has called on entrepreneurs to get behind a plan to give poor children like “Ice Boy” better access to education – by op...

Producers Guild President Gary Lucchesi Praises PGA Award Honorees for Making Movies That Are "Not Safe"
  • Sun, 21 Jan 2018 22:05

In advance of the PGA Awards, the nominated film producers gathered this morning to trade stories about how their movies made it to the mo...

How a rising tourism tide lifts all boats in Vietnam
  • Sun, 21 Jan 2018 21:10

As Vietnam prepares to welcome up to 17 million international tourists this year, a 30 per cent increase on last year’s record, even those in th...

News Categories