PM Lee expresses condolences to families, friends of those on MH370

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has expressed his condolences to the families and friends of those on board Malaysia Airlines MH370. Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (AFP/Roslan Rahman) >> Bad weather halts air and sea search for MH370 SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has expressed his condolences to the families and friends of those on board Malaysia Airlines MH370. In a Facebook post, Mr Lee said he is deeply saddened to hear about the tragic fate of the aircraft. He was writing the post following a press conference by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Monday night. The Malaysian prime minister said satellite data indicated that flight MH370 had ended its journey in the southern Indian Ocean. Mr Lee said for more than two weeks, there was hope that somehow the worst had not happened. He said he understood how anguished and desperate the families and friends of those on board must be feeling. Mr Lee … [Read more...]

MH370 search back on as weather improves

Planes and ships converged on the southern Indian Ocean on Wednesday, resuming the hunt for wreckage from Flight MH370 after weather conditions improved, as grieving passengers' families demand answers about the ill-fated jet. >> PM Lee expresses condolences to families, friends of those on MH370 PERTH: Planes and ships converged on the southern Indian Ocean on Wednesday, resuming the hunt for wreckage from Flight MH370 after weather conditions improved, as grieving passengers' families demand answers about the ill-fated jet. Gale force winds, driving rain and mountainous seas prevented any sorties being flown from Perth in Australia's west on Tuesday, but 12 aircraft were deployed Wednesday, with South Korean planes joining the hunt for the first time. "Today's search is split into three areas within the same proximity, covering a cumulative 80,000 square kilometres (30,000 square miles)," said the Australian Maritime Safety Authority which is coordinating … [Read more...]

122 objects, possibly debris, identified in MH370 search

Malaysia said satellite images have identified 122 potential objects in the Indian Ocean, in the search for Malaysia Airlines MH370 jet. In a media conference on Wednesday, Acting Transport Minister Hishammudin Hussein said it cannot be confirmed yet if the objects are linked to the missing plane. US law firm launches legal action over MH370 >> Undersea volcanoes, huge seas complicate MH370 search KUALA LUMPUR: Fresh satellite images taken during the search for a missing passenger jet showed 122 "potential objects" in one area of the Indian Ocean, Malaysia said Wednesday. The images from Airbus Defence and Space in France showed the objects in a 400-square-kilometre area of the ocean, said Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein. Hishammuddin told the media it was not possible to say whether the objects came from the Boeing 777 aircraft, which crashed with 239 people on board. "Nevertheless, this is another new lead that will help … [Read more...]

Malaysian PM says missing jetliner crashes in Indian Ocean as search intensified

New analysis of satellite data suggested that missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 had crashed in the southern Indian Ocean, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Monday. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (C) speaks during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, March 24, 2014. New analysis of satellite data suggested that the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 "ended" in the southern Indian Ocean, said Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Monday. Najib released the sad news at a hastily-convened press conference in Kuala Lumpur, capital of Malaysia. The prime minister said the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch and Inmarsat, the UK company that provided the satellite data, have concluded that "the missing jetliner flew along the southern corridor," and its last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean, west of Perth, Australia. He also said the type of analysis used to investigate the mystery of the jetliner has never been used … [Read more...]

Still Much Scope for Further Cooperation between Singapore and Vietnam

Vietnam and Singapore relations have gone from strength to strength, featured by the bilateral relations being elevated to a Strategic Partnership in 2013. In the new era, there are still more cooperation opportunities while the two countries have become members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). To learn more about the cooperation between the two countries, Vietnam Business Forum interviewed Mr Ng Teck Hean, Singaporean Ambassador to Vietnam. Ha Vu reports. How do you assess the cooperation between Vietnam and Singapore in recent times, especially after the visit of Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung in August? Bilateral cooperation between Singapore and Vietnam are excellent, characterised by robust and growing trade and investment ties, and supported by regular exchanges at all levels. Our leaders also share close personal ties cultivated through frequent high-level visits: Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong visited Vietnam in … [Read more...]

ASEAN Para Games winds down with glitzy closing ceremony

The curtain closed on the eighth ASEAN Para Games (APG) with a spectacular ceremony at the Marina Bay Sands and the official handover to the next host country, Malaysia. Malaysian Deputy Youth and Sports Minister M Saravanan takes the APG flag as Malaysia will host the next Games in 2017. "Tonight's closing ceremony marks the end of another great and inspiring Games," President of ASEAN Para Sports Federation Dato Zainal Abu Zarin was quoted as saying on the Games' official website aseanparagames2015.com. Viet Nam maintained the fourth-place position with 48 golds, as many as they grabbed during the last Games in Myanmar one year ago. "But my colleagues and I in APSF have concluded that, the eighth ASEAN Para Games here, will be remembered as the "best games ever" in the 15-year history of our Games." Zarin said this APG was a particularly moving one that had inspired him greatly. "In the last 7 days, we have all witnessed and experienced many great and inspiring moments. … [Read more...]

APG winds down with glitzy closing ceremony

Next up: Malaysian Deputy Youth and Sports Minister M Saravanan takes the APG flag as Malaysia will host the next Games in 2017. SINGAPORE (VNS) — The curtain closed on the eighth ASEAN Para Games (APG) with a spectacular ceremony at the Marina Bay Sands and the official handover to the next host country, Malaysia. "Tonight's closing ceremony marks the end of another great and inspiring Games," President of ASEAN Para Sports Federation Dato Zainal Abu Zarin was quoted as saying on the Games' official website aseanparagames2015.com. "But my colleagues and I in APSF have concluded that, the eighth ASEAN Para Games here, will be remembered as the "best games ever" in the 15-year history of our Games." Zarin said this APG was a particularly moving one that had inspired him greatly. "In the last 7 days, we have all witnessed and experienced many great and inspiring moments. Moments filled with excitement, thrills, joy as well as despair and dejection," he said. "It has been an … [Read more...]

Singapore opens $376 million National Gallery

Visitors look at art works during the opening of the newly restored National Gallery, formerly the City Hall and High Court building, in Singapore on November 23, 2015. Photo: AFP/Mohd Fyrol Singapore on Tuesday opened to the public a Sg$532 million ($376 million) National Gallery that boasts the world's biggest public collection of Southeast Asian modern art. The new attraction is housed inside the British colonial-era former City Hall and Supreme Court buildings, which were fused into a single facility during a 10-year makeover. The gallery houses a collection of modern art from across Southeast Asia comprising over 8,000 works from the 19th and 20th centuries in all media, including painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography and video, officials said. They include the works of artists like Raden Saleh of Indonesia, Fernando Amorsolo and Imelda Cajipe-Andaya of the Philippines, U Ba Nyan of Myanmar, Nguyen Gia Tri of Vietnam, Latiff Mohidin of Malaysia, Montien Boonma of … [Read more...]

Singapore, China vow to promote bilateral ties

Chinese Party General Secretary and President Xi Jinping and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong agreed to promote bilateral ties in various socio-economic areas during their meeting in Singapore on November 7. The leaders attended the signing ceremony for a number of agreements related to their third government-to-government project in China’s Chongqing province. The two sides also pledged to strengthen cooperation in education, urban management and customs. Singapore and China also concurred to launch negotiations for an upgrade to their free trade agreement (FTA), as part of efforts to prepare for their next economic partnership period. Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong welcomes Chinese Party General Secretary and President Xi Jinping (Photo: Straitstimes) Earlier, speaking at a banquet for Xi on November 6, Singapore President Tony Tan Keng Yam said the upgrade will offer a foundation for both sides to join regional economic frameworks such as the … [Read more...]

Southeast Asia ministers tell big powers to watch sea rules

A Philippine Navy personnel mans a .50 caliber machine gun during the bilateral maritime exercise between the Philippine Navy and US Navy dubbed as Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT 2014) in the South China Sea near waters claimed by Beijing. Photo: AFP Southeast Asian defense ministers welcomed the world’s powers operating in areas including the contested South China Sea while warning they needed to stick to international laws. Ministers from Malaysia and the Philippines backed freedom of navigation operations after the U.S. sent a warship into an area of the South China Sea claimed by China. Still, Indonesia’s Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu said communication is important and the U.S. must abide by laws of the sea when carrying out patrols. The USS Lassen last month came within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built by China, prompting an angry response by the North Asian nation. It brought the U.S. more formally into the territorial spats … [Read more...]

Singapore: PM Lee Hsien Loong’s new cabinet sworn in

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s new cabinet was sworn into office before President Tony Tan at the Presidential Office Istana on October 1. In his speech at the swearing-in ceremony, PM Lee Hsien Loong said that the new cabinet looks to provide the most efficient government for Singapore. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong being sworn in at the ceremony. Photo: channelnewsasia.com He explained the need of appointing Coordinating Ministers as the country is facing complex challenges that require fresh and bold ideas, the careful balancing of different goals and close coordination across multiple agencies. PM Lee said his cabinet combines experienced and budding ministers, including young fourth-generation leaders. He added that his responsibility is not only to govern the country well, but also to prepare the next generation leaders for the country. In his speech, President Tony Tan touched on the issue of trust, saying that trust of the people is precious and that … [Read more...]

Singapore, UK enhance cyber space security cooperation

Singapore and the United Kingdom will further cooperation in cyber space security as signed in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) during UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s visit to the country on July 28. The signing ceremony was held at the Istana and witnessed by Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his UK counterpart David Cameron. The MoU, signed between the Cyber Security Agency (CSA) of Singapore and the Cabinet Office of the UK, covers collaboration in key areas including cyber security incident response and cyber security talent development. The two countries will also join hands in cyber research and development with a funding of 3.7 million USD for academic research activities over the next three years. Within the framework of his visit, the UK Prime Minister met Singaporean President Tony Tan Keng Yam and attended activities related to trade, investment and business promotion between enterprises of the two nations. He also made a speech at Lee Kuan … [Read more...]

Singapore PM chats with ASEAN journalists

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong joins ASEAN journalists for a group photo Within the framework of the 7th Asean Journalists' Meeting in Singapore, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on May 5th joined journalists from ASEAN member countries for an interview. Below are his answers to Thanh Nien's questions. Thanh Nien: Dear Mr Prime Minister, about the matter of youth. As we know, the youth play a role as the foundation of national development. For Singapore’s 50th anniversary celebrations, do you have any valuable advice to the youth? PM Lee Hsien Loong: They’re living in a very exciting age. They have enormous opportunities which the previous generation did not have. They may be anxious about competition, anxious about change, anxious that the future is not certain but in fact we have given them and they are well-prepared and probably better prepared than youth in many other countries to deal with the challenges ahead. Education, they have got resources, we an economy which … [Read more...]

Singaporean Prime Minister wishes to explore Vietnam’s Son Doong cave

(VOVworld) – Vietnamese Minister of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, Hoang Tuan Anh met with Singaporean President Tony Keng Yam and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on the sideline of the opening of Sea Games 28 on Friday. Minister Hoang Tuan Anh met with Singaporean President Tony Keng Yam Besides attending Sea Games, a Vietnamese working team had successfully organized a tourist promotion in Singapore. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said he was impressed by Vietnam's Son Doon cave Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said his country would enhance cooperation with Vietnam in culture, sports, and tourism in line with the Vietnam-Singapore bilateral strategic partnership. He said he was impressed by Vietnam’s Son Doong cave, the biggest cave in the world, and wanted to explore it if he visits Vietnam. … [Read more...]

Singapore PM Lee has successful operation for cancer

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has successfully undergone surgery for prostate cancer and is expected to make a full recovery, his office said on Monday. On Sunday, Lee's office announced he would have an operation on Monday to remove his prostate gland and would take a week of medical leave, with Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean heading the government. "The surgery went very smoothly, and he is expected to recover fully," Professor Christopher Cheng, the lead urologist at the Singapore General Hospital, was quoted as saying in a statement. Lee, 63, was previously diagnosed with lymphoma in 1992 but the cancer went into remission after successful chemotherapy. Cheng said there was no relationship between the previous lymphoma and the current prostate cancer. Lee's illness raises questions about the need for a public succession plan should he step down in future, as his ruling People's Action Party has not named a successor. "Given that prostate cancer is not … [Read more...]

Political News 22/9

Vietnamese Ambassador to New Zealand takes office Vietnamese Ambassador Nguyen Viet Dung presented his credentials to Governor-General of New Zealand Jerry Mateparae at a ceremony in the capital Wellington on September 17 to start his working term there. Governor-General Mateparae congratulated Dung on his new mission while showing his delight that the two countries are carrying out the second phase (2013-2016) of their action plan together with activities to herald the 40 th anniversary of their diplomatic ties in 2015. He said he would ask relevant local agencies to wholeheartedly support the Ambassador to successfully accomplish his working tenure. For his part, Dung passed onto the regards from President Truong Tan Sang and other leaders to his host and briefed him of the country's socio-economic and international integration accomplishments as well as its future development goals and strategies. He pledged to undertake maximum efforts to deepen extensively and intensively … [Read more...]

Vietnam, Singapore strengthen security cooperation

(VOVworld)- Vietnam always attaches high importance to strengthening ties of friendship and cooperation with ASEAN countries including Singapore, said Minister of Public Security Tran Dai Quang while meeting with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in Singapore on Saturday. Minister Quang expressed his hope that Prime Minister Lee will continue to create favorable conditions for Singapore's Ministry of Home Affairs and law enforcement agencies to increase cooperation with the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security in crime prevention and control and security enhancement, contributing to the strategic partnership between the two countries. PM Lee Hsien Loong expressed his delight at close and effective cooperation between the two countries in general, and between Singapore's Ministry of Home Affairs and Vietnam's Ministry of Public Security in particular. The Singaporean Prime Minister said that the visit would contribute to enriching bilateral ties. … [Read more...]

Singapore, Vietnam sanguine of flourishing security cooperation

(VOV) - Vietnam always attaches high importance to strengthening ties of friendship and cooperation with ASEAN, especially Singapore, said Public Security Miniser Tran Dai Quang while meeting with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on September 19. Since the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1973 bilateral cooperation and friendship between the two nations has developed strongly, Quang told the Singaporean PM. It has particularly blossomed since the strategic partnership was formed in September 2013 Prime Minister Loong said, singling out the fruitful relations between the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) and the Ministry of Home Affairs of Singapore (MHA). Quang expressed his hope that PM Lee will continue to create favourable conditions for the MHA and law enforcement agencies to increase cooperation with the Vietnamese MPS in crime prevention and control and security enhancement, contributing to a strategic partnership for peace and stability in the region and the … [Read more...]

Singapore, Vietnam sanguine of flourishing cooperation

(VOV) - Vietnam always attaches high importance to strengthening ties of friendship and cooperation with ASEAN, especially Singapore, said Public Security Miniser Tran Dai Quang while meeting with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on September 19. Since the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1973 bilateral cooperation and friendship between the two nations has developed strongly, Quang told the Singaporean PM. It has particularly blossomed since the strategic partnership was formed in September 2013 Prime Minister Loong said, singling out the fruitful relations between the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) and the Ministry of Home Affairs of Singapore (MHA). Quang expressed his hope that PM Lee will continue to create favourable conditions for the MHA and law enforcement agencies to increase cooperation with the Vietnamese MPS in crime prevention and control and security enhancement, contributing to a strategic partnership for peace and stability in the region and the … [Read more...]

China-ASEAN Expo, the fruit of bilateral strategic partnership

Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh at the ceremony (Photo: VNA) The China-ASEAN Expo (CAEXPO), which has turned into the 11th year this year, constitutes the fruits of the two sides' strategic partnership, said Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh. The Vietnamese official was speaking at the CAEXPO's opening ceremony in China 's Nanning city on September 16, which also saw the attendance of the host country's Deputy Premier Zhang Gaoli , Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong , and Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, among others. He pinned his hope on the application of regional comprehensive economic partnership (RCEP) between ASEAN, China and other partners, which is, though, being negotiated. It will facilitate freer flows of goods, services, investments and human resources as well, creating integration-driven value chains and contributing to maintaining peace and stability for economic development in the region, he said. Minh called for … [Read more...]