Singapore experienced considerable success returning to normalcy in 2021 following the disruptions of COVID-19. The nationwide vaccination drive beginning on 30 December 2020 and resumption of classroom instruction on 4 January 2021 have provided optimism for a continuing return of socioeconomic activity and economic recovery. Policymakers must still work hard to build public confidence in the government’s handling of the pandemic response by building social trust and addressing economic concerns.
At this time of uncertainty, the fulcrum of geopolitical global affairs is in East Asia. While Taiwan and the Korean Peninsula might be the main flashpoints of big power strategic tension, it’s Southeast Asia that’s the frontline of non-military competition between the United States and China, and where peace will be lost or won. Singapore’s steady pair of hands are crucial to guiding the way through.
Singapore politics appears confused, directionless and overwhelmingly defensive on nearly every front. The leadership transition — choosing the next prime minister — has dragged into its fifth year without resolution, and has now creaked to a halt that leaves Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (at 69) as a visibly tired placeholder, occupying the seat of power but not really leading.
Predictions on the future should rightly stay in the realm of clairvoyants or their less-gifted futurists. But the rest of us — political leaders included — can hope.
This is my wish list for security affairs in this decade. My expectations are realistic. I do not expect Santa’s elves to deliver finished goods wrapped in glossy, colored paper. Improvements — even works in progress — would be welcome gifts.
The interconnection between China and members of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is expanding from an original focus on infrastructure and logistics flow to financial cooperation, marking a step further in strengthening connectively despite headwinds created by the pandemic.
Singapore is aiming to realise at least 2 million tonnes of carbon capture potential by 2030 as part of a broader effort to make its Jurong Island oil refinery hub more sustainable, its Economic Development Board said on Tuesday.
On a hard disk somewhere in the surveillance archives of Singapore’s Changi prison is a video of Jolovan Wham, naked, alone, performing Hamlet.
In 2017, Wham was arrested for organizing a small protest on a metro train and charged with holding an illegal public assembly. Earlier this year, he was finally found guilty, and offered the choice of an SGD 8,000 ($5,900) fine or 22 days in jail.
Singapore is seeking to cement itself as a key player for cryptocurrency-related businesses as financial centres around the world grapple with approaches to handle one of the fastest-growing areas of finance.
“We think the best approach is not to clamp down or ban these things,” said Ravi Menon, managing director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), which regulates banks and financial firms.
Maintaining that ‘people are its most precious resource’, Singapore has made a name for itself as a country committed to human resource development. The city-state has invested in research infrastructure and matching budgets to turn itself into an educational and knowledge hub. But the future of international higher education in Singapore is far from guaranteed.