1819 Singapore was declared a
free port after it was taken over by Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles
(1781-1826), an officer of the British East India Co. Sultan Hussein
was enthroned by the British but he never ruled. Raffles laid out
the city into ethnic zones.
(WSJ, 11/12/96, p.A18)(WSJ, 7/22/99,
p.A23)(SFCM, 3/11/01, p.70)(SSFC, 2/07/04, p.C9)
1834 Sultan Hussein left
Singapore for the Malaysian port of Melaka.
(WSJ, 7/22/99, p.A23)
1835 Sultan Hussein died at
(WSJ, 7/22/99, p.A23)
1854 Alfred Russel Wallace
began his historic study of Malay flora and fauna in and around
Bukit Timah hill in Singapore.
(NH, 4/1/04, p.56)
1867 Apr 1, Singapore, Penang
& Malakka became British crown colonies.
1887 The Raffles Hotel was
built in Singapore. It was restored in 1991.
(SSFC, 3/10/02, p.C11)
1900 British rulers set up the
Kampung Baru (new village) enclave in Kuala Lumpur as an exclusive
preserve for Malays.
(WSJ, 8/18/04, p.A7)
1918 Feb 7, Singapore
businessman Ong Sam Leong (b.1857) died. He made a fortune out of
his monopoly on the supply of coolie labor from China to phosphate
mines on Christmas Island.
1937 In Singapore the Haw Par
Villa, a theme park dedicated to filial piety, was created by the
brothers behind the Tiger Balm empire.
(SSFC, 10/19/14, p.N2)
1937 Lee Kuan Yew became prime
minister of Singapore.
(SFC, 6/8/96, p.A11)
1941 Feb 8, Japanese armored
barges crossed the Strait of Johore to attack Singapore.
1941 Dec 8, Japanese General
Yamashita began his attack against the British army at Singapore.
General Tomoyuki Yamashita earned the name "Tiger of Malaya" for his
masterful capture of Singapore and the whole Malay Peninsula from
the British, who had a superior number of troops. Yamashita’s
forces landed on the northern Malay Peninsula and southern Thailand
on December 8, 1941, and moved rapidly southward toward Singapore,
which surrendered on February 15, 1942. The peninsula and Singapore
remained under Japanese control throughout the war. Later in the
war, while defending the Philippines from Gen. MacArthur‘s return,
Yamashita's troops wantonly slaughtered more than 100,000 Filipinos
in Manila. He was later tried and executed for war crimes.
(HN, 12/8/98)(HNQ, 4/5/00)
1942 Feb 8, The Japanese landed
on Singapore. By 1941, Gen. Yamashita was the commanding general of
Japan’s Twenty-Fifth Army. His plans for taking Singapore were
1942 Feb 15, British forces in
Singapore surrendered to Japanese General Tomoyuki Yamashita.
Yamashita prevailed, when British Lt. Gen. Sir Arthur Percival and
130,000 Empire troops surrendered. Churchill described this as the
"worst disaster" in the history of British warfare.
(AP, 2/15/98)(Econ., 1/9/21, p.17)
1945-1949 A series of wars for independence during
this period spread from India to Burma, Thailand, Malaysia and
Singapore. In 2007 Christopher Bayly and Tim Harper authored
“Forgotten Wars: Freedom and Revolution in Southeast Asia."
(WSJ, 8/9/07, p.D7)
1954 In Singapore Lee Kuan Yew
founded the People’s Action Party (PAP). He won his first
parliamentary seat a year later.
(Econ, 3/12/15, p.77)
1955 Jul 1, Singapore’s
government started the Central Provident Fund, a compulsory
comprehensive social security savings plan. It required
contributions from both employees and employers.
(Econ, 4/3/10, SR
1959 Lee Kuan Yew (b.1923) was
elected as prime minister of Singapore and continued serving until
(SFC, 8/6/01, p.A8)
1960 Singapore’s Housing and
Development Board (HDB was formed replacing a city planning agency
created by British colonialists.
(Econ 7/8/17, p.35)
1963 Jul 9, Federation of
Malaysia formed under bitter opposition from Indonesia. Indonesia
refused to recognize the country and waged a guerrilla war against
it. Race riots erupted between ethnic Malays and the Chinese
majority. [see Sep 16]
(MC, 7/9/02)(HNQ, 5/14/98)(SSFC, 3/10/02, p.C10)
1963 Sep 16, The Federation of
Malaysia was formally established. It joined Malaya, Singapore,
Sarawak, and North Borneo with Tunku Abdul Rahman (60) as prime
(PC, 1992, p.988)
1964 Mar 26, Singapore began
using the Merlion symbol, designed by Alec Fraser-Brunner, a member
of the Souvenir Committee and curator of the Van Kleef Aquarium, as
the logo of the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and continued to 1997.
The STB changed their logo in 1997, but the STB Act continues to
protect the Merlion symbol. The Merlion appears frequently on
1964 Jul 21, In Singapore a
race riot broke out during a Malay procession marking the birthday
of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. In the first day of rioting, 23
people were killed and 454 injured.
1964 Aug 25, Singapore limited
imports from Netherlands due to Indonesian aggression.
1964 Sep 3, In Singapore a
second race riot occurred following incidents in July. 13 people
were killed and 106 people were injured.
1965 Aug 9, Singapore gained
independence as the Republic of Singapore (remaining within the
Commonwealth of Nations). Yusof Ishak took office as the country’s
first president. Lee Kuan Yew became the new prime minister. This
day is marked annually as Singapore’s National Day.
6/8/96, p.A11)(WSJ, 12/31/96, p.1)
1967 Aug 8, The Association of
Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN was established in Bangkok by the
five original Member Countries, namely, Indonesia, Malaysia,
Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. Brunei Darussalam joined on 8
January 1984, Vietnam on 28 July 1995, Laos and Myanmar on 23 July
1997, and Cambodia on 30 April 1999.
1969 Nov 23, Jonathan Seet,
Canadian singer, was born in Singapore. Seet was born to a
Singaporean father and an Irish mother who emigrated to Canada
shortly after he was born.
1971 Nov 1, The Five Power
Defense Arrangements were concluded by the defense ministers of
Australia, Britain, Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore. In 2017 it
was upgraded to deal with terrorism threats and new security
(Econ, 11/5/11, p.54)(AP, 6/2/17)
1972 The Jehovah’s Witnesses
were banned because their male followers refused compulsory military
(SFC, 7/2/96, p.A10)
1973 In Singapore the Bukit
Brown Chinese cemetery closed to new applicants. In 2013 plans
proceeded on an 8-lane expressway through it.
(Econ, 4/6/13, p.52)
1974 Temasek (Malay for sea
town) was founded to hold Singapore’s investments in various
businesses. In 2004 it employed 170,000 people under Ho Ching and
controlled a fifth of the local stock market. In 2009 Charles
Goodyear was named to success Ho Ching, becoming the first foreigner
to lead the sovereign wealth fund.
(Econ, 8/14/04, p.65)(Econ, 2/14/09, p.86)
1975 Singapore introduced the
world’s first congestion-charging zone (CCZ). It used paper permits
until switching to electronic sensors in 2008.
(Econ, 8/5/17, p.46)
1977 May, In Singapore Lee Kuan
Yew (b.1923) won a barely contested bi-election as his People’s
Action Party won every seat in the legislature. Lee then moved
against journalists and human rights activists who had irritated him
during the campaign.
1977 Jun 27, H.E. Lee Kuan Yew,
the PM of Singapore, formally opened the Fourth Meeting of the ASEAN
Economic Ministers which was held in Singapore on 27-29 June 1977.
1981 Aug 23, Devan Nair
(1923-2005) was elected by Parliament to serve as Singapore’s 3rd
president. He stepped down in 1985 following a sex scandal.
1981 Joshua B. Jeyaretnam
(1926-2008), a Workers Party lawmaker, became Singapore's first
opposition politician to be elected to Parliament. He was driven to
bankruptcy in 2001 by defamation lawsuits brought by PM Lee Kuan
Yew, his son his son Lee Hsien Loong, and Goh Chok Tong, who served
as prime minister after the elder Lee stepped down in 1990 until the
son took over in 2004.
(AP, 10/1/08)(Econ, 10/11/08, p.118)
1981 Singapore implemented a
managed float for its currency. It pegged its dollar to a basket of
currencies that mirrored its trading patterns. The Monetary
Authority of Singapore does not announce the contents of the basket.
It just tweaks the mix as needed.
(WSJ, 5/23/05, p.C16)
1981 The Government of
Singapore Investment corp. was founded to run the nation’s
foreign-exchange reserves. By 2008 it had well over $100 billion in
(WSJ, 1/16/08, p.A10)
1983 Singapore’s PM Lee Kuan
Yew ended the “stop at two" policy, initiated in the 1960s, and
started promoting larger families.
(Econ, 9/18/10, p.60)
1985 Mar, Devan Nair resigned
as president of Singapore in the wake of a sex scandal.
(Econ, 12/24/05, p.122)(Econ, 1/21/06, p.14)
1986 Motorola opened shop in
(WSJ, 6/13/96, p.A1)
1987 Singapore’s MRT train
system began operations.
1988 Singapore introduced
“Group Representation Constituencies" (GRCs), which merged some
single-member electoral divisions.
1988 Singapore‘s government
took away some functions of the Housing Developing Board and handed
them to new town councils, led by local MPs.
(Econ, 7/18/15, SR p.6)
1990 Goh Chok Tong succeeded
Lee Kuan Yew as the Prime Minister.
(SFEC, 5/30/99, p.B1)
1990 The US and Singapore
signed a memorandum that gave American military forces access to
facilities at Paya Lebar Airport and Sembawang naval port.
(SFC, 1/16/98, p.B4)
1992 Jan 4, President Bush,
visiting Singapore as part of a Pacific trade tour, announced plans
to shift to Singapore the Navy logistics command that was being
evicted from the Philippines.
1992 Singapore invoked a ban on
chewing gum because it messed up the streets and subway doors.
(SSFC, 6/3/01, p.A16)
1993 China Aviation Oil, CAO
Singapore, was incorporated as a shipping agency.
(WSJ, 12/6/04, p.A12)
1993-1999 Ong Teng Cheong (d.2002 at 66) of the
people’s Action Party served as president.
(SFC, 2/9/02, p.A22)
1994 May 5, Singapore caned
American teen-ager Michael Fay for vandalism, a day after the
sentence was reduced from six lashes to four in response to an
appeal by President Clinton, who considered the punishment too
1994 Jun 21, American teenager
Michael Fay was released from a Singapore prison, where he'd been
flogged for vandalism.
1994 Sep 23, John van Damme
(59), Dutch businessman, was hanged in Singapore for drug
1995 Feb 27, Barings PLC, a
major British banking firm was forced into bankruptcy after an
employee in Singapore (Nicholas William Leeson) speculated in
derivatives that resulted in losses exceeding $800 million.
(WSJ, 2/27/95, p.A-1)
1995 Mar 17, Flor
Contemplacion, a Filipino maid, was hanged in Singapore for murder,
despite international pleas to spare her.
1995 Dec, In Singapore Nick
Leeson, responsible for the fall of Barings PLC, pleaded guilty to
fraud and was sentenced to 6 ½ years in prison. He was released in
(WSJ, 7/2/99, p.A10)
c1995 Prime Minister Goh Chok
Tong called on Singapore to become a "gracious society." This later
led to the founding of the Singapore Kindness Movement (SKM).
(WSJ, 11/19/98, p.B1)
1996 Jun 1, The government
passed a Maintenance of Parents Law.
(WSJ, 9/17/96, p.A1)
1996 Sep 23, The government
announced that there will be enough bomb shelters for everyone. All
new dwellings will be required to have bomb shelters with concrete
wall and a steel door.
(SFC, 9/25/96, p.A9)
1996 Dec 24, Singapore PM Goh
Chok Tong said that districts that elect opposition candidates on
Jan 2, would see public-housing improvement funds cut.
(WSJ, 12/24/96, p.A1)(WSJ, 12/31/96, p.1)
1997 Jan 2, The ruling party
captured all but 2 seats in parliamentary elections. More than 85%
of the country’s 3 million live in government-built apartments.
(SFC, 1/4/97, p.A9)
1997 May 31, The 7-member ASEAN
alliance, Association of Southeast Asian Nations, met in Kuala
Lumpur and agreed to allow Burma to become a member in July. Laos
and Cambodia were also to be admitted. The members were Thailand,
Singapore, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei and Vietnam.
(SFEC, 6/1/97, p.D3)
1997 Jul 1, Chen Jiulin was
sent from China to Singapore to revive the operations of China
Aviation Oil, CAO Singapore. The company soon began to deal in jet
(WSJ, 12/6/04, p.A1)
1997 Jul 21, Singapore began
observing Racial Harmony Day in commemoration of a deadly communal
riot in 1964.
(Econ, 12/17/16, p.36)
1997 In Indonesia fires
originally set by developers to clear forest for palm plantations in
Borneo and Sumatra ran out of control and darkened skies across much
of Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. The World Bank estimated that
8% of total global emission of greenhouse gases for the year were
due to the fires.
(Econ, 3/25/06, p.74)
1997 Malaysia banned the export
of sand hurting Singapore’s efforts to secure supplies for its
booming construction industry and sea-fill plans. Indonesia followed
suit in 2007 and caused a surge in the price of sand.
(Econ, 10/10/09, p.46)
1998 Jan 15, The US and
Singapore announced an agreement for US ships to use a planned $35
million naval base beginning in 2000.
(SFC, 1/16/98, p.B4)
1998 Sep, Lee Kuan Yew, former
prime minister, authored the 1st volume of his memoir: "The
(SFC, 8/6/01, p.A8)(Econ., 3/28/15, p.29)
1998 The film "Twelve Stories"
was written and directed by Eric Khoo. It was about one day in a
Singapore government housing project.
(SFC, 5/20/98, p.E3)
1999 May 29, Prime Minister Goh
Chok Tong visited Northern California and expressed his country's
interest in becoming a knowledge-based regional hub.
(SFEC, 5/30/99, p.B1)
1999 Aug 18, In Singapore S.R.
Nathan was declared president without elections.
(WSJ, 8/20/99, p.A1)
1999 Dec 20, Singapore Airlines
agreed to buy a 49% stake in Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic.
1999 The Singapore film "That's
the Way I Like It" starred Anna Belle Francis and Adrian Pang. It
was directed by Glen Goei. It was a comedy spin off on the impact of
John Travolta and "Saturday Night Fever" on young people in
Singapore in 1977.
(SFC, 10/19/99, p.B1,4)
1999 Singapore launched Channel
NewsAsia. The state-owned firm was intended to challenge Western
dominance of the air waves.
(Econ, 12/2/06, p.63)
2000 Sep, Lee Kuan Yew, the
former prime minister, authored "From Third World to First." This
was volume 2 of his 1998 memoir and covers the development of
Singapore from 1965.
(WSJ, 11/2/00, p.A24)(SFC, 8/6/01, p.A8)
2000 Oct 31, A Singapore
Airlines Boeing 747-400 jet crashed on takeoff from Taiwan as
Typhoon Xangsane approached. Flight SQ006 was bound for Los Angeles.
The plane apparently hit construction equipment on a closed runway.
The airlines announced a $400,000 payment to victim’s families after
admitting to pilot error. 83 people were killed when the pilots took
off on the wrong runway. The pilots were not prosecuted.
(WSJ, 11/1/00, p.A1)(SFC, 11/3/00, p.A16)(SFEC,
11/5/00, p.A1)(AP, 6/14/02)
2000 Cherian George authored
“The Air-Condition Nation: Essays on the Politics of Comfort and
Control, 1900-2000, Singapore.
2001 Apr 10, In Singapore
doctors completed a 4-day operation to separate 11-month-old Siamese
twins, Jamuna and Ganga Shrestha of Nepal. The girls had
(SFC, 4/11/01, p.C3)
2001 Jun 3, It was reported
that Singapore may consider reviewing the 1992 ban on chewing gum to
allow nicotine gum for smokers.
(SSFC, 6/3/01, p.A16)
2001 Nov 3, In Singapore the
ruling party won a large majority in general elections. The People’s
Action Party of PM Goh Chok Tong got 75% of the vote.
(SSFC, 11/4/01, p.A17)
2001 In Singapore Joshua "J.B."
Jeyaretnam (74), head of the Workers’ Party, was declared bankrupt
following a late payment for a $13,535 monthly installment owed in a
(SFC, 1/20/01, p.A11)
2001 In Singapore Jack
Sim founded the World Toilet Organization. In 2007 the World Toilet
Association held its inaugural conference in South Korea.
(SFC, 11/23/07, p.A2)
2002 Jan 5, Singapore reported
that authorities had arrested 15 suspected militants between Dec
9-24, some of whom were al Qaeda trained in Afghanistan. The
arrested men were planning to bomb the US Embassy and US businesses
(SSFC, 1/6/02, p.A8)(SFC, 1/7/02, p.A8)(SFC,
2002 Jul 2, Malaysia said it
had not reached any new agreements with Singapore on the sale of
water to the island state and other issues after two days of talks.
2002 Sep 16, In Singapore
authorities announced the arrests of 21 men they identified as
members of an extremist Islamic organization. The men were initially
detained in August and linked to Riduan Isamuddin, an Indonesian
(SFC, 9/17/02, p.A12)(SFC, 9/20/02, p.A14)
2002 Nov 9, Singapore
opposition leader Chee Soon Juan was released from prison after
serving 5 weeks for trying to hold a May Day rally without a permit
at the entrance to the grounds of the President's official
2002 Nov 14, In Singapore the
7th Asian Congress of Sexology opened.
2003 May 5, Hong Kong reported
three more SARS deaths, for a total of 187, and 8 new infections. In
Singapore SARS has killed 26 of the 203 people infected, a fatality
rate of 12.8 percent, more than double the global average.
2003 May 31, Singapore was
taken off the list of SARS countries.
(SSFC, 6/1/03, p.A3)
2003 Jun 12, A container ship
ran aground off the coast of Singapore and leaked 165 tons of fuel
oil into the sea.
2003 Jun 20, Singapore launched
an automated commuter train system, filling a gap in the city's
2003 Jul 8, Ladan and Laleh
Bijani (29), Iranian twin sisters, joined at the head, died within
90 minutes of each other as neurosurgeons in Singapore worked into a
3rd day to separate them.
(AP, 7/7/03)(AP, 7/8/03)
2003 Sep 3, President Bush
signed legislation to begin free trade with Singapore and Chile.
2003 Sep 8, Singapore health
officials confirmed that a local patient tested positive for severe
acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, the 1st new case of the disease
in over 5 months.
(AP, 9/8/03)(WSJ, 9/10/03, p.A1)
2003 Sep 26, In Singapore
Vignes Mourthi (23), found guilty of drug trafficking last year
after his arrest in September 2001 for smuggling 27 grams (0.98
ounces) of heroin and Moorthi Angappan, convicted of helping him,
were hanged. Over the past four years, 88 people have been hanged,
mostly for drug offenses. The government says the death penalty
effectively deters drug addiction.
2003 Singapore signed a free
trade agreement with the US. The 1991 ban on chewing gum was lifted
soon after along with the ban on bar-top dancing.
(NW, 8/4/03, p.10)
2004 Jan 15, Amnesty Int'l.
said more than 400 prisoners have been hanged since 1991 in
Singapore, mostly for drug offenses. The London-based rights report
on Singapore was entitled "A Hidden Toll of Executions."
(AP, 1/15/04)(WSJ, 1/16/04, p.A1)
2004 Feb 3, Singapore Airlines
began 18½ hour non-stop flights to Los Angeles.
(USAT, 2/5/04, p.1B)
2004 May 22, The ship car
carrier MV Hyundai, carrying 4,000 cars, sank after colliding with
the oil tanker MT Kaminesan just south of Singapore.
2004 May, Singapore introduced
its first batch of 10-dollar plastic notes. In 2005 two-dollar
polymer notes were scheduled to be issued January 12, 2006.
2004 Jun 4-6, The Shangri-La
Dialogue, a regional security conference, was held in Singapore. It
was organized by the London-based Int’l. Institute for Strategic
(Econ, 6/12/04, p.37)
2004 Aug 7, Some 6,000 people
turned out for the start of a three-day gay and lesbian festival in
Singapore, where homosexual acts are still illegal. "Nation.04" -- a
festival of international DJs, podium dancers, pumping music and
muscular boys stripping off their tops on packed dance floors -- has
increased in size every year since it was launched four years ago.
2004 Aug 12, Lee Hsien Loong,
the son of Singapore's founding father (Lee Kuan Yew), took over as
prime minister of the city-state. Lee Kuan Yew continued service as
(AP, 7/17/04)(WSJ, 7/19/04, p.A1)(Econ, 7/24/04,
p.39)(Econ, 4/22/06, p.42)
2004 Sep 17, Officials in
Singapore reported that a soil-borne bacterial infection called
melioidosis has killed 24 people there this year, making it more
deadly than SARS or bird flu. The illness, also known as Whitmore's
Disease, is listed by the U.S. government as a potential biological
weapon but Singapore government officials said there was no sign it
had been spread intentionally.
2004 Nov 25, In Singapore China
Aviation Oil, CAO Singapore, filed for bankruptcy protection
following an estimated loss of $550 million from a series of bets on
(WSJ, 12/6/04, p.A1)
2004 Dec 13, It was reported
that the math skills of US students were declining that some
educators were importing texts from Singapore, where students
routinely scored high.
(WSJ, 12/13/04, p.A1)
2005 Jan 1, Singapore was
forecast for 4.9% annual GDP growth with a population at 4.3 million
and GDP per head at $25,070.
(Econ, 1/8/05, p.91)
2005 Jan 17, Singapore said its
exports expanded by 17 percent to a record high in 2004, reflecting
strong demand from China for oil and commodities and solid sales of
electronics and pharmaceuticals to the United States and European
2005 Feb 21, PM Lee Hsien Loong
said Singapore will lower personal income tax, reduce spending and
aim for a modest surplus in its US$18.13 billion 2005 budget.
(WSJ, 2/22/05, p.A12)
2005 Apr, Singapore PM Lee
Hsien Loong announced his government’s decision to legalize
(Econ, 4/23/05, p.43)
2005 May 31, China said
reporter Ching Cheong of The Straits Times, Singapore's main
English-language newspaper, has admitted to spying for a foreign
intelligence agency. Cheong’s wife said he was arrested April 22
after a source gave him documents about purged former Communist
Party leader Zhao Ziyang, who died this year.
(AP, 5/31/05)(WSJ, 5/31/05, p.A1)
2005 Jun 3, The Trans-Pacific
Partnership (TPP) was formed with Brunei, Chile, New Zealand and
Singapore as partners. It aimed to integrate the economies of the
2005 Jun 20, India approved a
free-trade agreement with Singapore.
(WSJ, 6/21/05, p.A14)
2005 Aug 15, Singapore hosted
maritime exercises aimed at stopping shipments of weapons of mass
destruction. The drills are part of the U.S.-led Proliferation
Security Initiative (PSI). Other participants in the Deep Saber
exercises included Australia, Britain, Canada, France, Germany,
Greece, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Russia and
2005 Nov 17-2005 Nov 20,
Singapore hosted the World Cyber Games (WCG). Some 700 participants
competed in 8 games with prize money topping $2.5 million.
2005 Dec 2, Singapore executed
25-year-old Australian Nguyen Tuong Van for drug trafficking, after
he had a "beautiful last visit" with his family. Australia's leader
protested the sentence, saying it would damage ties.
2005 Dec 6, Devan Nair, former
president of Singapore (1981-1985), died in Canada.
(Econ, 12/24/05, p.122)
2005 Dec 8, Police in Singapore
said they have arrested 13 foreigners, including an American, in an
anti-drug operation, less than a week after an Australian was put to
death for a narcotics conviction.
2006 Jan 27, British port
operator Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Co. switched
prospective suitors for the second time after Dubai Ports World
raised its offer for the company to almost $7 billion, trumping an
offer from Singapore's PSA International Ltd.
2006 Feb 3, Mas Selamat
Kastari, Singapore's most-wanted man, believed to have planned bomb
and plane-crash attacks on the island's airport, was deported to
Singapore following his arrest in Indonesia under the Internal
Security Act (ISA).
2006 Mar 16, Queen Elizabeth II
arrived in the former British colony of Singapore for a two-day
2006 May 6, Singaporeans voted
in legislative elections. The ruling party won a landslide victory
in parliamentary elections. It has won every general election held
in the island nation since it became independent in 1965.
2006 May 26, Las Vegas Sands
Corp., owner of The Venetian in Nevada, won a hotly-contested
license to build Singapore's first casino. The Marina Bay Sands
(MBS) opened in April 2010.
(AP, 5/26/06)(Econ, 2/26/11, p.72)
2006 Jun 3, Defense Secretary
Donald H. Rumsfeld, attending a security conference in Singapore,
branded Iran the world's leading terrorist nation yet hoped Tehran
seriously would consider incentives from the West in exchange for
suspending suspect nuclear activities.
2006 Jul 14, Malaysia's
government declassified documents on negotiations with Singapore
over an aborted bridge in a bid to counter criticism from defiant
ex-premier Mahathir Mohamad.
2006 Jul 23, The 654-foot
Singapore-flagged Cougar Ace, a cargo ship carrying 4,813 cars from
Japan to Canada, began tilting to its port side late at night
hundreds of miles off Alaska's Aleutian Islands. 23 crew members
were rescued the next day. The ship was owned by Tokyo-based Mitsui
O.S.K. Lines and listed on its side for several weeks before being
righted. 4,703 of the cars were new Mazdas valued at about $100
million. After a year of planning Mazda scheduled all the cars for
complete reduction to scrap in Portland, Ore.
(AP, 7/25/06)(SFC, 7/25/06, p.A2)(WSJ, 4/29/08,
2006 Sep 15, In Singapore Paul
Wolfowitz, the chief of the World Bank, took a hard line on
corruption. Rodrigo de Rato, his counterpart at the IMF, said
policy-makers need to be ready to adapt to a more difficult economic
environment in the coming year as delegates gathered for the sister
institutions' annual meetings. Wolfowitz said that Singapore had
damaged its own reputation by imposing "authoritarian" restrictions
on the entry of activists for the World Bank/IMF meetings.
2006 Sep 16, In Singapore top
finance chiefs stepped up pressure on China to relax its grip on its
currency, warning that trade imbalances threaten a flourishing
global economy. G7 finance ministers and central bank governors also
called for a resumption of global free trade talks and a revamp of
the IMF, saying China should be given a louder voice but must also
fulfill its broader economic responsibilities.
2006 Sep 28, Singapore banned
the Far Eastern Economic Review magazine after it failed to comply
with media regulations. The Review, published by Dow Jones & Co
Inc., is being sued by Singapore's PM Lee Hsien Loong and his
father, Singapore's founding PM Lee Kuan Yew, over a July article
about opposition politician Chee Soon Juan.
2006 Oct 11, Indonesia
apologized to Singapore and Malaysia for the choking haze over both
countries and agreed to convene a meeting of regional environment
ministers to tackle the problem. This was the worst smog since 1997
and 1998, when tens of thousands of people were hospitalized.
(AP, 10/11/06)(Econ, 10/14/06, p.47)
2006 Nov 12, In Singapore
student Ang Chuang Yang (16) broke the Guinness World Record for the
shortest time needed to type a 160-character SMS (short message
service) message after whizzing through the task in less than 42
seconds in a competition.
2006 Nov 16, Pres. Bush in
Singapore voiced tentative support for a free trade agreement
covering all 21 members of APEC and warned North Korea against
trying to sell nuclear arms.
(SFC, 11/17/06, p.A4)(WSJ, 11/17/06, p.A1)
2006 Dec 8, Singapore awarded
its second casino resort contract to Genting International, whose
$3.38 billion proposal promises to lure family tourists with a
Universal Studios theme park and a huge outdoor marine park.
2007 Jan 26, Singapore executed
two Africans on drug trafficking charges despite pleas for clemency
by Nigeria's president.
2007 Feb 6, An Indonesian ban
on sand exports went into effect. The ban was directed at Singapore,
which purchased sand to reclaim land from the sea.
(Econ, 2/10/07, p.42)
2007 Mar 1, Singapore’s
American Chamber of Commerce said trade between Singapore and the
United States rose 19 percent in 2006 from the year before, the
second fastest growth rate among Washington's major trading
2007 Apr 9, Officials said the
yearly salaries of Singapore's well-paid government ministers are
headed higher, by 60 percent to more than $1.25 million by the end
of 2008. Premier Lee Hsein Lloong will now make $2.1 million a year.
(AP, 4/9/07)(WSJ, 4/10/07, p.A1)
2007 May 14, Malaysia’s PM
Badawi hosted Singapore’s Premier Lee Hsein Lloong for a 2-day talk
on economic cooperation.
(WSJ, 5/14/07, p.A8)
2007 Sep 2, Temasek,
Singapore’s state-owned investment company, said it would take an
8.3% stake in China Eastern Airlines and Singapore Airlines
announced a 15.7% stake.
2007 Sep 4, 5-nation war games
began in the Bay of Bengal. Indian and US aircraft carriers launched
fighter jets into the air as American submarines cruised below
Japanese, Australian and Singaporean warships.
2007 Oct 15,
Airbus finally delivered its first A380 superjumbo jet.
Singapore Airlines took delivery of the double-decker jet, the
world's largest passenger plane, almost two years late. In 2020 the
first A380 to fly was sent to the scrapheap as the COVID-19 pandemic
cast a pall on the future of globe-trotting.
(AP, 10/15/07)(Econ., 8/15/20, p.59)s
2007 Oct 25, An Airbus 380, the
world's largest jetliner, made aviation history, completing its
first commercial flight from Singapore to Sydney with 455
passengers, some of them ensconced in luxury suites and double beds.
2007 Nov 6, Singapore presented
its case regarding sovereignty of three disputed islands in the
Pacific Ocean at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The
Hague, a claim disputed by Malaysia.
2007 Nov 20, In Singapore
Southeast Asian leaders (ASEAN) adopted a landmark charter but their
vision to create an EU-style bloc faced hurdles because of concerns
over Myanmar, whose military rulers have defied international calls
to restore democracy.
(AP, 11/20/07)(Econ, 11/24/07, p.43)
2007 Dec 10, Swiss banking
giant UBS AG said it will write off a further $10 billion on losses
in the US subprime lending market and will raise capital by selling
substantial stakes to Singapore and an unnamed investor in the
2007 Dec 24, Merrill Lynch
agreed to sell $5 billion of new stock to Temasek Holdings,
Singapore’s sovereign investment company and a smaller stake to a
domestic firm. Merrill said it will write down an additional $8
billion of mortgage investments in the 4th quarter.
(SFC, 12/25/07, p.E1)
2007 Singapore proposed a
co-operative green-city venture with China. The Sino-Singapore
Tianjin Eco-City opened in 2011.
(Econ, 4/19/14, SR p.12)
2007 Singapore’s population
numbered about 4.7 million. Growth to 6.5 million was expected in
(Econ, 10/27/07, p.51)
2008 Feb 27, In Singapore Mas
Selamat bin Kastari, an alleged leader of the Jemaah Islamiyah
militant network, escaped from the Whitley Road Detention Centre. He
was accused of planning to hijack a plane and crash it into the
city's Changi Airport.
2008 Apr 9, Singapore's Media
Development Authority, which regulates and censors media and the
arts, said it fined StarHub S$10,000 (3,675 pounds) for airing a
commercial for a song that featured "romanticized scenes" of
lesbians kissing and portrayed the relationship as "acceptable."
2008 Apr 18, In Singapore J.B.
Jeyaretnam (82), interim secretary general of the Reform Party,
vowed to fight what it called the "enslavement" of Singapore after
nearly half-a-century of rule by the People's Action Party (PAP).
2008 May 23, The International
Court of Justice awarded Singapore sovereignty over a disputed
island at the eastern entrance of the Singapore Straits. The ICJ
ruled in favor of Singapore in the 28-year dispute with Malaysia
over Pedra Branca, a tiny but strategic uninhabited island the size
of half a football field. The court, however, gave Malaysia
ownership of the Middle Rocks formation, a smaller uninhabited
outcropping. Sovereignty over a third disputed cluster of rocks was
left to be determined later between the countries when they sort out
their territorial waters.
(AP, 5/23/08)(Reuters, 6/1/18)
2008 Jul 3, In Indonesia a
police source said that a group of 10 suspected Muslim militants
detained in raids on Sumatra island by Indonesia's anti-terrorism
unit was plotting to attack Western targets. The raids followed the
capture of a suspected militant after a tip-off by authorities in
2008 Jul 18, In Singapore Peter
Lloyd (41), a TV reporter for the Australian Broadcasting
Corporation (ABC), was charged with trafficking about one gram of
methamphetamine to a Singaporean for 100 Singapore dollars (73.5 US)
at a hotel early this month.
2008 Jul 21, In Singapore the
10 members of ASEAN adopted a common charter that included a list of
(www.aseansec.org/21806.htm)(Econ, 2/12/11, p.52)
2008 Jul 24, In Singapore North
Korea's reclusive communist regime, long seen as a nuclear threat to
the region, signed a nonaggression pact with Southeast Asia, in a
largely symbolic move. The Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (TAC)
with the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) came
into force in 1976, requires signatories to renounce the use or
threat of force and calls for the peaceful settlement of conflicts.
2008 Aug 15, In Beijing 2
positive dope tests by Asian athletes overshadowed Singapore's first
medal in 48 years and a podium for Malaysia with a North Korean
shooter and a Vietnamese gymnast exposed as cheats.
2008 Sep 19, Singapore banned
all dairy imports from China and the European Union demanded answers
from Beijing as the baby formula scandal, which left 4 babies dead
and over 6 thousand infants ill across China, spread to liquid milk.
2008 Oct 10, Singapore’s
economy fell into recession for the first time in 6 years leading
the city-state’s central bank to ease monetary policy and warn of
more struggle to come.
(WSJ, 10/11/08, p.A10)
2008 Oct 13, Singapore's High
Court ruled that an opposition party and two of its leaders must pay
$416,000 in defamation damages to PM Lee Hsien Loong and his father,
former PM Lee Kuan Yew, related to criticism published in 2006 in
the party's newspaper.
2008 Oct 16, Authorities in
Malaysia and Singapore said they will guarantee all foreign currency
and local currency bank deposits.
(WSJ, 10/17/08, p.A5)
2008 Oct 23, China and
Singapore signed a free trade agreement on the eve of a summit of
European and Asian leaders in Beijing. Held every two years, ASEM
has no mandate to issue decisions, but participants hope it will
produce some degree of consensus ahead of a Nov. 15 meeting of the
world's top economies in Washington to discuss the worst financial
crisis since the 1930s.
(AP, 10/23/08)(WSJ, 10/24/08, p.A13)
2008 Kishore Mahbubani, former
Singaporean diplomat, authored “The New Asian Hemisphere: The
Irresistible Shift of Global Power to the East."
(Econ, 8/20/11, p.42)
2008 Singapore sentenced Yong
Vui Kong (19) of Malaysia to hang for smuggling 47 grams (1.65
ounces) of heroin into Singapore. His third and final appeal was
rejected on April 4, 2012.
2009 Jan 2, Singapore said its
GDP had contracted at an adjusted annualized pace of 12.5% in the
4th quarter. Its biggest contraction since it began publishing data
(WSJ, 1/3/09, p.A4)
2009 Jan 24, In Singapore a
couple treated open air diners to a 15-minute naked parade,
triggering both embarrassment and applause for a scene almost
unheard of in the conservative city-state. The couple, a Caucasian
man and an ethnic Chinese woman in their 20s, were arrested and
released on bail.
2009 Feb 19, About 12 pirates
armed with guns attacked the tug and barge in the Malacca Strait and
kidnapped two crew members as the vessel was en route to Singapore.
2009 Apr 28, An Indonesian
court sentenced a Singaporean man to 18 years in prison on terrorism
charges. Mohammad Hasan bin Saynudin (36), who claimed to have met
Osama bin Laden on many occasions, was convicted of plotting to kill
a teacher and planning a deadly attack on a bar frequented by
2009 May 16, The gay community
in tightly controlled Singapore held its first-ever rally, taking
advantage of looser laws on public gatherings to call for equality.
2009 May 19, Environmental
groups in Indonesia said Singapore-based Asia Pulp &
Paper, one of the world's largest paper companies, plans to
clear a large swath of unprotected forest in Indonesia being used as
a sanctuary for critically endangered orangutans.
2009 Sep 29, Beauty queen Miss
Singapore World gave up her crown after it emerged that she had
stolen credit cards to go on a shopping spree for lingerie. Ris Low
had come under public pressure to be stripped of her 2009 title,
after local media reported she stole seven credit cards last year
while working at a medical clinic, buying goods worth about S$8,000
($5,662) including gold anklets and phones.
2009 Oct 15, It was reported
that the Taj network, funded by the National Science Foundation, now
connects India, Singapore, Vietnam and Egypt to the larger Global
Ring Network for Advanced Application Development (GLORIAD) global
infrastructure, and "dramatically improves existing US network links
with China and the Nordic region," according to an NSF statement.
2009 Nov 14, Pres. Obama spoke
in Tokyo and then flew to Singapore for a 21-nation summit of
Asia-Pacific leaders. In his Tokyo speech Pres. Obama declared the
United States a "nation of the Pacific and reached out warmly to
China, applauding Beijing's robust strides as a burgeoning economic
2009 Nov 15, In Singapore
President Barack Obama said the United States and Russia would have
a replacement treaty on reducing nuclear arms ready for approval by
year's end, an announcement designed as an upbeat ending to a summit
with Asia-Pacific leaders. Obama also attended a second summit with
leaders of the 10 southeast Asian countries that make up the ASEAN
group. Obama then arrived in Shanghai, launching a three-day visit
to an important global US partner and his first travels ever in
2010 Jan 22, Singapore rejected
allegations by a US-based human rights group that it is a
"politically repressive state."
2010 Feb 1, Thailand and the
United States began their annual Cobra Gold military exercise, now
in its 29th year, with South Korea taking part for the first time.
Singapore, Japan and Indonesia will also participate in the
three-week training exercise, describes as the largest of its type
in the world.
2010 Feb 14, In Singapore the
Resorts Worlds Centosa casino complex opened.
(Econ, 2/26/11, p.72)(http://tinyurl.com/4ep2owf)
2010 Apr 27, Singapore
previewed the Marina Bay Sands (MBS) casino, owned and operated by
the Las Vegas Sands Corp.
(http://tinyurl.com/4lqzq5g)(Econ, 2/26/11, p.72)
2010 May 16, In Singapore
Oliver Fricker (32), a Swiss citizen, broke into a train depot with
an accomplice and painted graffiti on two subway carriages. On June
25 a court sentenced Fricker to five months' jail and three strokes
of a cane. On Aug 18 he asked a judge to reduce his five-month jail
term for graffiti, but instead got two months added to his sentence,
showing the lengths the city-state will go to maintain its
reputation as a safe and clean place.
2010 May 25, In the Singapore
Strait emergency teams scrambled to contain thousands of tons of
crude oil that spilled into waters near one of the world's busiest
ports after two ships collided. Singapore's Maritime and Port
Authority (MPA) said in its latest update that 5,000 tons of crude
had leaked from the Malaysian-registered tanker MT Bunga Kelana 3.
2010 Jun 8, Singapore launched
a global manhunt for Lloyd Dane Alexander, a Briton suspected of
involvement in a train vandalism case that raised doubts about the
security of key installations in the city state. Alexander was
accused of being the accomplice of a Swiss business consultant,
Oliver Fricker (32), who was on bail in Singapore. Both men could
face jail, fines and caning for allegedly breaking into a protected
subway depot and spray-painting elaborate graffiti on a parked train
in May. On June 25 a court sentenced Fricker to five months' jail
and three strokes of a cane.
(AFP, 6/8/10)(AFP, 6/25/10)
2010 Jul 18, Singapore arrested
Alan Shadrake (75), a British author, as part of a criminal
defamation investigation related to his book "Once a Jolly Hangman:
Singapore Justice in the Dock," on the city-state's death penalty
policy. On Nov 3 Shadrake was found guilty of contempt of court. The
Attorney-General argued that Shadrake be jailed for at least 12
(AP, 7/19/10)(Econ, 11/6/10,
2010 Aug 14, In Singapore the
inaugural Youth Olympic Games officially opened in a spectacular
blaze of color, with Jacques Rogge hailing it as a new chapter in
the Olympic movement. The Games, which feature athletes aged 14 to
18, are a project Rogge has championed since becoming IOC chief in
2010 Oct 22, In Singapore an
American (37), who already may be caned for overstaying his visa,
was charged with fraud for allegedly scamming an Australian man out
of thousands of dollars. Prosecutors alleged that calls made from
Kamari Charlton's mobile phone in March deceived Mirko Prskalo into
sending 17,145 Australian dollars ($16,853) in four payments.
Prskalo was told that his nephew and family in Singapore urgently
needed the money.
2010 Oct 25, The Singapore and
Australian stock exchanges announced an 8.3 billion dollar merger
that would create one of the world's largest and most diversified
financial trading hubs.
(AFP, 10/25/10)(Econ, 10/30/10, p.78)
2010 Oct 26, An annual report
by Transparency Int’l. marked Somalia as the most corrupt county in
the world, followed by Afghanistan, Myanmar and Iraq. Denmark, New
Zealand and Singapore tied as the world’s least corrupt nations. The
US declined to 22nd from 19th last year.
(SFC, 10/27/10, p.A2)
2010 Nov 4, A Qantas A380 with
more than 450 people on board made a dramatic forced landing in
Singapore, trailing smoke from a blackened engine after the Airbus
superjumbo's first mid-air emergency. In response Qantas Airways and
Singapore Airlines suspended flights of the Airbus A380 superjumbos.
In 2013 the engine failure was traced to an oil pipe that failed to
conform to design specifications.
(AFP, 11/4/10)(Reuters, 11/4/10)(AP, 6/27/13)
2010 Singapore’s population
numbered about 4.8 million.
(Econ, 5/22/10, SR p.10)
2011 Apr 8, Australian
Treasurer Wayne Swan officially rejected a proposed merger of the
Australian and Singapore stock exchanges, branding it a takeover by
the city-state that offered no benefits.
2011 Apr 20, Regulators said
Malaysia and Singapore have agreed to slash roaming charges for
voice calls and text messaging over the next two years in a landmark
2011 May 1, Singapore shipper
Glory Ship Management Pte. Ltd. said Somali pirates have likely
hijacked the palm oil tanker MT Gemini and its 25-member crew off
the coast of Kenya.
2011 May 7, Singapore held
parliamentary elections. The long-time ruling party won an
overwhelming parliamentary majority in the elections, but the
opposition made historic gains after mounting its biggest challenge
since independence in 1965.
2011 May 9, Malaysian police
said they have arrested Abdul Majid Kunji Mohamad, a Singaporean
businessman, suspected of channeling funds to southern Philippine
2011 May 14, Singapore founding
father Lee Kuan Yew resigned from the Cabinet, ceding leadership to
a younger generation after his party's worst election result since
independence in 1965.
2011 Jul 1, Singapore’s
government declared the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (aka
Bersih) to be illegal.
(Econ, 7/16/11, p.46)
2011 Jun 3, A global maritime
watchdog warned ships traversing the South China Sea bordering
Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore following the hijack of three
tugboats and a barge in recent weeks.
2011 Jul 8, Zambian President
Rupiah Banda opened the country's largest coal mine, after
Singapore's Nava Bharat took over majority shares and invested $750
million (525 million euros) at the once defunct state entity.
2011 Jul 9, In Singapore a
rally for electoral reform in Kuala Lumpur led to the arrest of over
(Econ, 7/16/11, p.46)
2011 Jul 9, British author Alan
Shadrake (76), who spent five weeks in Singapore’s new Changi Prison
for contempt after publishing a book questioning executions in the
city-state, was deported to London, hours after being released.
2011 Aug 14, Singapore's PM Lee
Hsien Loong said his government will seek to favor its citizens
after a backlash against a surge in foreign workers. He also said
the government will build 50,000 apartments during this year and
next to help stabilize a spike in housing prices.
2011 Aug 27, Singapore held its
first contested presidential election in nearly two decades. The
election was emerging as a two-way fight between Tony Tan (71),
widely perceived as the government's candidate, and former
legislator and ex-PAP member Tan Cheng Bock, a medical doctor.
Former deputy prime minister Tony Tan was elected president with a
margin of just 7,269 votes out of 2.1 million ballots cast.
(AFP, 8/27/11)(AFP, 8/28/11)
2011 Oct 20, Singapore’s PM Lee
Hsien Loong vowed a "more open" style of government following two
elections this year that showed citizens wanting a greater voice in
2011 Dec 4, In Singapore
hundreds of people gathered at a park to protest sexual violence
against women as part of the global "SlutWalk" movement, in a rare
public demonstration in the tightly controlled city state.
2011 Dr. Matthew Chang of
Nanyang Technological Univ. in Singapore worked out a way to program
E. coli to release destructive antimicrobial peptides when
they came into contact with Pseudomonas aeruginosa. He then armed
the modified E. coli with the enzyme DNase1 which then acted to
bacteial sheets know as biofilms.
(Econ, 10/12/13, p.95)
2011 Singapore’s population
numbered about 5 million.
(Econ, 9/3/11, TQ p.4)
2012 Jan 30, Myanmar’s Pres.
Thein Sein began a 3-day visit to Singapore. During the visit he
signed agreements on cooperation in areas from tourism to the law.
2012 Mar 5, Singapore Minister
of State for Manpower Minister Tan Chuan Jin said a mandatory weekly
rest day would apply to maids whose work permits are issued or
renewed from January 1, 2013.
2012 May 8, The Indonesia
Embassy in Singapore said it is pushing for a ban on cleaning
outside windows. 8 Indonesian maids in Singapore have fallen to
their deaths from high-rise apartments this year.
2012 Jun 12, In Singapore, Ng
Boon Gay (46), former head of the police drug enforcement unit was
charged with corruption for soliciting sexual favors in exchange for
help with contracts.
2012 Jun 24, In Singapore
Shirley Sarmiento found the body of her boyfriend, Shane Truman Todd
(31), in his apartment. The US software engineer was hanging from a
black strap that was fashioned into a noose and secured to a door.
At an inquest in 2013 Sarmiento said he had been unhappy at work and
feared "heavy hands coming after him." In 2013 a judge ruled that
Todd’s death was a suicide.
(AP, 5/13/13)(AP, 7/8/13)
2012 Jun, MyTeksi, a ride
hailing service, was initially established in Malaysia and later
headquartered in Singapore. The company, which began life at the
Harvard Business School where founder Anthony met co-founder Hooi
Ling Tan, soon across Southeast Asia. In May 2014, the company
launched GrabCar in Malaysia and Singapore.
2012 Jul 20, Yale University,
one of the leading centers of liberal education in the United
States, defended controversial restrictions on protests and
political parties at its new Singapore campus. The first batch of
students will start classes in August 2013 at an NUS facility before
the new campus officially opens in 2015.
2012 Jul 25, In Singapore
Pastor Kong Hee of City Harvest Church appeared in court with 5
others on charges of misusing up to $40 million of church money to
fund the music career of his wife, Sun Ho.
(Econ, 8/4/12, p.36)
2012 Aug 16, Singapore's High
Court ruled that more than $23 million seized from the estate of
late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos rightfully belongs to a
2012 Sep 4, Singapore said it
will restrict the growth of "shoebox" private apartments in the
suburbs, effective Nov 4, to ease overcrowding concerns and
encourage couples to have children.
2012 Sep 28, Shareholders of
Singapore-based conglomerate Fraser & Neave agreed to sell their
39.7 percent stake in Asian Pacific Breweries, the owner of Tiger
and other popular Asian brands, to Heineken. Heineken NV is spending
another €3.2 billion ($4.0 billion) to gain control over the Tiger
beer brand as part of a strategy to significantly expand its
operations in Asia.
2012 Nov 21, The Singapore
government said prominent opposition leader Chee Soon Juan has had
his bankruptcy annulled, after an unprecedented concession by two
former prime ministers to whom he owed about $408,000.
2012 Dec 16, The EU and
Singapore signed a regional trade agreement.
(Econ, 12/22/12, p.118)
2012 Dec 19, A new Gallup poll
said seven of the world’s 10 countries with the most upbeat
attitudes are in Latin America with Panama and Paraguay at the top.
The people least likely to report positive emotions lived in
(SFC, 12/20/12, p.A2)
2012 Singapore planned to spend
$9.7 billion, about 24% of the national budget, on defense this
(Econ, 3/24/12, p.40)
2012 Singapore amended its laws
on the death penalty, making it no longer mandatory for those
convicted of drug trafficking or murder to receive death sentences.
2013 Feb 4, The EU police
organization Europol said a wide-ranging match-fixing investigation
has uncovered more than 380 suspicious matches, including World Cup
and European Championship qualifiers and two Champions League games,
and found evidence that a Singapore-based crime group is closely
involved in match-fixing.
2013 Apr 5, A data leak was
reported orchestrated this week by a Washington-based group called
the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. It
involved tens of thousands of offshore bank accounts, mainly form
the British Virgin Islands, the Cook Islands and Singapore, and
named dozens of prominent figures around the world. New details were
being released by the day. The leak allegedly involved records from
10 tax havens.
(AP, 4/6/13)(SFC, 4/5/13, p.A4)
2013 May 15, The Arctic
Council, meeting in Sweden, agreed to expand membership and provide
observer status to 6 new nations including China, India, Italy,
Japan, Singapore and South Korea
2013 Jun 16, Smoke from fires
in Indonesia, an annual result of land clearing for palm oil
production, again began to smother Singapore and large parts of
(Econ, 6/29/13, p.39)
2013 Jun 20, Singapore urged
people to remain indoors amid unprecedented levels of air pollution
as a smoky haze wrought by forest fires in neighboring Indonesia
worsened dramatically. Nearby Malaysia closed 200 schools and banned
open burning in some areas.
2013 Jul, In Singapore Edwin
Yeo, the head of the field research and technical support branch of
the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB), was charged with
misappropriating $1.34 million.
2013 Oct 22, Greenpeace said
consumer products such as Oreo cookies and Gilette shaving cream
were among an array of products driving the destruction of
Indonesia’s forests. Greenpeace accused Singapore-based Wilmar
Int’l. for destroying forests in Indonesia to produce palm oil.
(SSFC, 10/27/13, p.A3)
2013 Nov 7, Hackers claiming
links to international hacking group Anonymous defaced Singapore PM
Lee Hsien Loong's official website, one day after he said
authorities would spare no effort to track them down.
2013 Nov 12, Singapore charged
a 35-year-old man suspected of hacking a website linked to the prime
2013 Nov 14, Singapore for the
first time lifted the death penalty given to a drug trafficker,
commuting his sentence to life in prison and 15 strokes of the cane.
2013 Dec 8, In Singapore an
hour-long fracas was triggered when an Indian construction worker
was struck and killed by a private bus in the Little India district.
The rampage that left 39 police and civil defence staff injured, and
25 vehicles -- including 16 police cars -- damaged or torched.
2013 Dec 10, Singapore filed
charges against 24 Indian nationals who allegedly took part in its
first riot for over 40 years, as officials and activists warned
against inciting racial hatred over the incident.
2013 Dec 10, In Singapore the
US and 11 other nations negotiating a free trade zone stretching
from Chile to Japan failed to reach a final agreement, but indicated
they were closing in on a landmark Trans-Pacific Partnership.
2013 Singapore writer Kevin
Kwan authored “Crazy Rich Asians." It became the first in a trilogy
and was tuned into a movie in 2017.
(SFC, 3/31/17, p.E17)
2013 Kishore Mahbubani, former
Singaporean diplomat, authored “The Great Convergence: Asia, the
West, and the Logic of One World."
(Econ, 2/9/13, p.80)
2013 Singapore overtook Tokyo
and became the world’s third biggest trading center for foreign
(Econ, 3/11/17, p.69)
2014 Jan 9, IBM said DBS Group
Holdings Ltd. of Singapore will begin to use the Watson
supercomputer to aid financial planners in guiding its wealth
management unit’s affluent customers.
(SFC, 1/10/14, p.C2)
2014 Jan 10, In Singapore two
men were charged with kidnapping after the elderly mother of
supermarket tycoon Lim Hock Chee was abducted two days earlier and
held for ransom.
2014 Feb 28, In Singapore
Autumn Radtke (28), the American CEO of First Meta, was found dead
at her home. Her company was a virtual currency exchange for
(SFC, 3/7/14, p.A2)
2014 May 31, US Defense
Secretary Chuck Hagel warned an international security conference at
the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore that the US "will not look the
other way" when nations such as China try to restrict navigation or
ignore international rules and standards.
2014 Jun 28, In Singapore some
26,000 gay rights activists gathered for the annual Pink Dot rally
that came under unprecedented criticism from religious
conservatives, with one influential Christian pastor calling on the
government to ban the event.
2014 Jul 12, In Singapore a
children's book inspired by a real-life story of two male penguins
raising a baby chick in New York's zoo has been deemed inappropriate
by state-run libraries. The conservative city-state's information
minister said he supports the decision to destroy all copies of “And
Tango Makes Three" alongside two other titles: “The White Swan
Express: A Story About Adoption" and “Who’s in My Family: All About
(AP, 7/12/14)(SSFC, 7/13/14, p.A7)
2015 Jan 14, A Singapore Navy
ship located the fuselage of Indonesia AirAsia Flight QZ8501, the
passenger jet that crashed more than two weeks ago off the coast of
Indonesia, raising hopes that more bodies will be found.
(Reuters, 1/14/15)(AP, 1/14/15)
2015 Feb 23, Singapore
announced income tax rises for the top five percent of the
population to fund rising social spending targeted at the poor and
elderly in the rapidly ageing city-state.
2015 Mar 23, Singapore plunged
into mourning after the death of Lee Kuan Yew (b.1923), the
iron-fisted politician who forged a prosperous city-state out of
2015 May 12, In Singapore Amos
Yee (16) was convicted on charges of obscenity and insulting
religious feelings related to his posting a video criticizing Lee
Kuan Yew (1923-2015), the founding father of modern Singapore.
(SFC, 5/13/15, p.A2)
2015 May 14, The OECD ranked
Singapore as No. 1 in the world for providing its citizens with the
best comprehensive education. Asia took the five top spots and the
USA was ranked No. 28.
(SSFC, 5/17/15, p.A4)
2015 May 30, Singapore police
shot and killed one person and detained two others early in the
morning after the car they were traveling in crashed past police
barricades near a hotel where US Defense Secretary Ash Carter was
2015 May, Singapore-based Grab
launched its motorbike taxis in Jakarta, Indonesia.
(Econ, 2/11/17, p.54)
2015 Jun 13, In Singapore some
28,000 people rallied in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender (LGBT) rights.
(Econ, 7/18/15, SR p.4)
2015 Jun 16, Singapore put its
final stamp on the Southeast Asian Games with an eclectic closing
ceremony involving a parade of oversize postage stamps to
commemorate the island's history.
2015 Aug 9, Singapore threw a
big party for its 50th anniversary of independence and unrivaled
2015 Aug 31, Singapore said it
has lifted a two-decade ban on HIV-infected people from entering the
country, but will limit their stay to a maximum of three months.
2015 Sep 10, Air pollution in
Singapore reached its highest level in a year as smog from
Indonesian forest fires shrouded the island nation in a veil of
gray, irking tourists and alarming authorities with hours left
before general elections.
2015 Sep 11, Singapore held
compulsory elections. The ruling People's Action Party (PAP) took
70% of the national vote and got 83 of the 89 seats in Parliament,
while the opposition Workers' Party captured six seats.
(AP, 9/11/15)(AP, 9/12/15)(Econ 6/10/17, p.20)
2015 Sep 14, Indonesia said it
has agreed to share with Singapore the names of companies suspected
of causing forest fires that have led to a deterioration of air
quality in the city state.
2015 Sep 24, Singapore ordered
emergency school closures as air pollution reached "hazardous"
levels due to suffocating smoke from agricultural fires raging on a
nearby Indonesian island.
2015 Oct 5, Twelve Pacific rim
countries sealed the deal on creating the world's largest free trade
area (TPP), delivering President Barack Obama a major policy
triumph. The Trans-Pacific Partnership included Australia, Brunei,
Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru,
Singapore, the US and Vietnam.
2015 Oct 21, In Singapore
Pastor Kong Hee of the City Harvest Church was convicted along with
five other church officials on charges related to the misuse of $36
million to promote the career of Kong’s wife, Ho Yeow, a singer also
known as Sun Ho.
(SFC, 10/22/15, p.A6)
2015 Nov 7, China and Taiwan
must not let proponents of Taiwan's independence split them, China's
President Xi Jinping told Taiwan's president at the first meeting
between leaders of the two sides since China's civil war ended in
1949. Hundreds of angry protesters massed outside Taiwan President
Ma Ying-Jeou's office, condemning his warm exchange with China's
leader in a summit in Singapore that has fueled fears the democratic
island will be swallowed up by its giant rival.
(Reuters, 11/7/15)(AFP, 11/7/15)
2015 Nov 20, A Singapore court
sentenced Kong Hee, the founder and senior pastor of City Harvest
Church, to eight years in jail for misappropriating more than $35
million in donations to support his wife's singing career. Other
sentences for five church leaders ranged from 21 months to six
2015 Nov 22, In Malaysia ASEAN
nations (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the
Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam) established a formal
community that attempts to create freer movement of trade and
capital in an area of 625 million people with a combined economic
output of $2.6 trillion.
2015 Nov 24, Int’l. experts
meeting in Singapore said more than half the world's primates,
including apes, lemurs and monkeys, are facing extinction.
2015 Dec 1, In Singapore Tan
Seet Eng, aka Dan Tan, was re-arrested, a week after his release
from jail was ordered by a Court of Appeal. He was suspected of
running a global soccer match-fixing syndicate and said to be a
danger to public safety. Tan was previously jailed in October 2013
after Italian prosecutors accused him of coordinating a global crime
syndicate that made millions of dollars betting on rigged Italian
matches and other games around the world.
2015 Dec 7, The United States
said it has agreed with Singapore on a first deployment of the US P8
Poseidon spy plane in Singapore this month, in a fresh response to
China over its pursuit of territorial claims in the South China Sea.
2015 Singapore’s population
stood at about 5.5 million. Every day some 50,000 Malaysians
commuted to work across a causeway from Johor Bahru, the capital of
Malaysia’s Johor state.
(Econ, 7/18/15, SR p.5)
2016 Jan 20, Singapore said it
has arrested 27 Bangladeshi construction workers who supported
Islamist groups including al Qaeda and Islamic State and deported 26
2016 Feb 17, At the Singapore
Airshow Airbus and Boeing announced modest aircraft orders that
indicated a lull in demand for the big manufacturers.
2016 Mar 22, In Singapore 2
maintenance staff working on elevated tracks in the mass transit
system were hit and killed by a train.
2016 May 7, Singapore's ruling
party won a seat in a by-election, cementing its influence on
parliamentary decisions with an overwhelming majority.
2016 May 31, A Singapore court
convicted four Bangladeshi workers of financing terrorism. They were
being held on suspicion of planning attacks linked to the Islamic
State group in their own country.
2016 Jun 8, The Singapore
government's Infocomm Development Authority said it has begun
disconnecting internet access from the work stations of some
government employees, and will expand the removal to all public
workers by next June in an effort to make official information
systems more secure.
2016 Jun 28, A Singapore court
sentenced the founder of a website that published anti-foreign
content to eight months in jail after he pleaded guilty to sedition.
The court said Yang Kaiheng (27) had set up "The Real Singapore"
website together with his Australian wife, Ai Takagi, and helped
distribute accounts from visitors, some of which contained
2016 Jul 22, Singapore banned
the distribution and possession of Al Fatihin, a newspaper linked to
the Islamic State militant group, after government officials
repeatedly warned against terror threats.
2016 Aug 2, President Barack
Obama and Singapore's PM Lee Hsien Loong held a formal meeting in
the Oval Office with US-Asia relations and the Trans-Pacific
Partnership trade deal involving both Singapore and the United
States on the agenda.
2016 Aug 5, Indonesian police
arrested six suspected militants who they believed to be linked to
the Islamic State group and plotting a rocket attack on Singapore.
The six arrested were suspected of having links to Bahrun Naim, an
Indonesian fighting with Islamic State in Syria.
2016 Aug 13, Singapore exploded
in celebration after homegrown swimming hero Joseph Schooling beat
US legend Michael Phelps in the 100m butterfly in Rio to win the
tiny republic's first ever Olympic gold.
2016 Aug 22, In Singapore
former Pres. Sellapan Ramanathan (1999 to 2011), widely known as
S.R. Nathan, died at age 92.
2016 Aug 25, In Singapore the
world's first self-driving taxis, operated by autonomous vehicle
software startup nuTonomy, began picking up passengers. Six modified
Renault Zoe and Mitsubishi i-MiEV electrics, carried a driver in
front who is prepared to take back the wheel and a researcher in
back who watches the car's computers.
2016 Aug 26, Singapore's air
quality deteriorated to unhealthy levels as winds blew smoke from
fires on Sumatra, where millions of people are already affected by
haze, across the city-state and into southern Malaysia. Six
Indonesian provinces have declared states of emergency.
2016 Aug 28, Singapore
officials said at least 41 people have been infected locally by the
Zika virus, most of them foreign workers at a construction site.
(AFP, 8/28/16)(SFC, 8/29/16, p.A2)
2016 Sep 3, Singapore confirmed
26 more cases of locally-transmitted Zika infections bringing the
tally to 215.
2016 Sep 15, It was reported
that private banks in Singapore are sharing with local police the
names of clients embracing an Indonesian tax amnesty. The Monetary
Authority of Singapore (MAS) confirmed in a statement that it has
advised local banks to encourage their clients to use tax amnesty
programs to regularize their tax affairs.
2016 Sep 15, Ocean Tankers, the
Singapore-based owner of the two 74,000 ton ships, the Chao Hu and
the Hong Ze Hu, confirmed that the vessels were being denied
permission to leave the Red Sea port of Hodeida, Yemen's
second-biggest port, which is controlled by the Houthi movement that
also holds the capital Sanaa.
2016 Oct 21, Singapore posted
new public speaking rules, clarifying that foreign companies and
individuals need a permit to sponsor or take part in certain events,
in an amendment that will restrict foreign support for an annual
2016 Nov 11, Singapore
convicted a banker who had handled some of Malaysia’s 1MDB money of
forgery and failing to report suspicious transactions. He was
sentenced to 18 weeks in jail.
(Econ, 11/19/16, p.33)
2016 Dec 6, The Program for
Int’l. Student Assessment (PISA), run by the OECD, released its
latest results and showed students from Singapore roughly three
years ahead of American students in math.
(Econ, 12/10/16, p.20)
2016 Dec 13, Malaysia and
Singapore signed an agreement to build a high-speed railway that
would cut travel time between Kuala Lumpur and the city-state to
just 90 minutes by 2026.
2017 Jan 24, Hong Kong said it
would release the nine Singaporean armored vehicles it seized in
November on their way home from military exercises in Taiwan, easing
tensions between China and Singapore.
2017 Feb, Singapore’s Supreme
Court upheld the conviction and fining of three activists who took
part in a protest about the management of the Central Provident
Fund, a compulsory savings scheme administered by the government.
(Econ, 3/11/17, p.40)
2017 Mar 24, A US immigration
judge in Chicago granted asylum to Singaporean blogger Amos Yee
(18), saying he was persecuted for his political opinions in the
Southeast Asian city-state. On September 26 Yee was released from
custody after his bid for asylum was upheld.
(Reuters, 3/25/17)(Econ, 4/1/17, p.33)(SFC,
2017 Apr 3, Singapore said it
would repatriate Nalla Mohamed Abdul Jameel Abdul Malik (46), the
chief cleric of a Muslim mosque, for offensive remarks targeting
Christians and Jews, a decision that aimed to "repudiate divisive
speech". During prayers on Jan. 6, the cleric made use of the
phrase, "Grant us help against the Jews and the Christians."
2017 Jul 1, Thousands of
Singaporeans dressed in pink packed a city park for a gay-rights
rally under tight security after the government banned foreign
participants. The country’s Pink Dot rally started in 2009.
2017 Jul 12, A Singapore court
jailed Yeo Jiawei (34), a former wealth manager of Swiss bank BSI,
for four and a half years for money laundering and cheating in a
case linked to investigations into the siphoning off of billions of
dollars from Malaysian sovereign fund 1MDB. Jiawei pleaded guilty to
money laundering and cheating.
2017 Jul 14, Singapore executed
Prabagaran Srivijayan (22). He had been convicted of trafficking
22.4 grams of heroin.
2017 Jul 15, In Singapore
around 400 protesters gathered at Speakers' Corner on calling for an
independent inquiry into whether PM Lee Hsien Loong abused his power
in a battle with his siblings over what to do with their late
2017 Jul 19, The Straits Times
newspaper reported that Singapore has annulled a couple's marriage
after the husband changed sex, prompting an outcry from a group that
campaigns for the rights of gay and transgender people.
2017 Jul 27, Amazon announced
express delivery to Singapore in its first direct effort to tap into
surging online shopping in fast-growing Southeast Asia.
2017 Aug 4, Singapore said it
had canceled the permanent residence status of Huang Jing, a
professor at a prominent postgraduate school, whom it identified as
a US citizen and accused him of being an agent of influence for a
foreign country. The ruling also applied to Huang's wife, Shirley
Yang Xiuping, and meant that if the couple leave Singapore they will
not be able to re-enter.
2017 Aug 21, An early morning
collision off Singapore between the USS John S. McCain and an oil
tanker, the merchant vessel Alnic MC, left 10 US sailors missing.
Singapore and Malaysia both said the incident took place in their
territorial waters. Divers soon found the remains of two of the 10
sailors in sealed compartments of the ship. On May 25, 2018, Cmdr.
Alfredo Sanchez pleaded guilty to dereliction of duty.
(AP, 8/21/17)(Reuters, 8/21/17)(AFP, 8/22/17)(AP,
8/25/17)(SFC, 5/26/18, p.A6)
2017 Aug, The Singapore
subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell Plc contacted authorities about oil
theft at its Pulau Bukom industrial site. Court documents later
listed two vessels used in the transfer of stolen oil products on
Nov. 11 and Dec. 31 at two wharfs at Pulau Bukom. In January 2018 a
Singapore court charged 11 men including eight Shell employees and
two Vietnamese nationals related to the theft following a weekend
raid arresting 17 people.
2017 Sep 13, In Singapore
Halimah Yacob, a former speaker of parliament, was declared elected
after nominations closed. On September 11 a committee of senior
officials declared that she was the only candidate eligible to
(Reuters, 9/16/17)(Econ, 9/16/17, p.36)
2017 Sep 13, A Dominican
dredger collided with an Indonesian oil tanker in Singapore waters.
Divers recovered two bodies from the partially submerged dredger.
Three people remained missing.
2017 Sep 14, In Singapore
Halimah Yacob, a former speaker of parliament, was sworn in as the
country;s first female president.
(Econ, 9/16/17, p.36)
2017 Sep 16, Hundreds of
Singaporeans, most dressed in black, held a silent protest against
an uncontested presidential election this week in which applications
from four candidates were rejected.
2017 Sep 19, China and
Singapore sought to put recent difficulties in their relationship
over Taiwan and the disputed South China Sea behind them as
Singapore's PM Lee Hsien Loong began a trip to Beijing.
2017 Sep 23, Singaporean
bodybuilder Pradip Subramanian (32) died after a celebrity Muay Thai
fight against former Singapore Idol contestant Steven Lim (41) in
2017 Oct 30, Singapore said it
has banned two Muslim foreign preachers from entering the city-state
because their views bred intolerance and were a risk to its social
harmony. They were identified as Ismail Menk of Zimbabwe and Haslin
bin Baharim of Malaysia.
2017 Nov 8, Singapore suspended
trade ties with North Korea in the latest move by a country to
implement UN sanctions to curb Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program.
2017 Dec 12, Singapore launched
an electric car-sharing service, the latest transport innovation
aimed at encouraging people away from owning vehicles and keeping
gridlock at bay in the space-starved city-state.
2017 Dec 28, It was reported
that a Singapore court rejected this week a gay Singaporean doctor's
bid to adopt his biological child because he was born by a surrogate
mother in the US through a procedure not available for local
2017 Dec 28, Singapore detained
Phan Van Anh Vu (42), wanted by Vietnam in connection with a
corruption crackdown and for revealing state secrets, as he tried to
leave for Malaysia.
2017 Singapore, by virtue of
dumping vast quantities of sand into the sea was now 20 percent
larger than it was at independence in 1965.
(Econ, 4/1/17, p.69)
2018 Jan 3, Singapore banned a
film festival from screening the documentary "Radiance of
Resistance" later this week that features a teenage Palestinian
female activist Ahed Tamimi, whose arrest last month has made her a
symbol of resistance to Israeli military occupation in the West
2018 Feb 6, Boeing announced
more than $900 million in orders at the Singapore Airshow from
companies in the region and beyond.
2018 Mar 8, In Chile 11 nations
signed the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific
Partnership, dropping tariffs and establishing sweeping new rules in
markets representing about a seventh of the world's economy. members
included Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico,
New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.
(SFC, 3/9/18, p.C5)
2018 Mar 28, Singapore invited
Human Rights Watch to give evidence at a parliamentary hearing on
"fake news" as a dispute grew between the New York-based group and
the city state.
2018 Apr 27, In Singapore
foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations
(ASEAN) met to affirm a common vision amid happenings beyond their
2018 Apr 28, Singapore's PM Lee
Hsien Loong said that Southeast Asian countries will work more
closely with new powers China and India to counter the pressure of
protectionism and ensure continued growth. ASEAN leaders affirmed
the need for peace in the South China Sea.
2018 May 26, The US White House
said that a team is heading to Singapore this weekend as previously
planned to work on logistics for a summit with North Korea should it
2018 May 28, New Malaysian PM
Mahathir Mohamad said that a planned high-speed railway that would
cut travel time between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore to just 90
minutes will be axed because it isn't beneficial.
2018 May 30, Environmental
campaigners said a hidden shipment of shark fins including some from
endangered species had been shipped to Hong Kong via Singapore
Airlines, despite a ban by the carrier.
2018 Jun 1, The International
Court of Justice (ICJ) said it has dropped a long-running
territorial dispute between Malaysia and Singapore by mutual
consent. The court said Malaysia this week notified it of its intent
to drop its claim to Pedra Branca island, near the opening of the
Straits of Singapore.
2018 Jun 8, Former National
Basketball Association star Dennis Rodman said he will be heading to
Singapore for the planned June 12 summit between US President Donald
Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Rodman's trip to
Singapore, like the last one to North Korea, was sponsored by
potcoin.com, the crypto-currency provider for the legal marijuana
(Reuters, 6/9/18)(Reuters, 6/12/18)
2018 Jun 10, US President
Donald Trump arrived in Singapore for a historic June 12 summit with
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who landed in Singapore earlier
2018 Jun 12, President Donald
Trump and Kim Jong Un, meeting on Sentosa Island in Singapore,
committed to "complete denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula
during the first meeting in history between a sitting US president
and a North Korean leader. Trump announced a halt to US military
exercises with treaty ally South Korea.
2018 Jun 25, Singapore's Wilmar
International, the world's largest palm oil processor, said it has
ceased sourcing from suppliers that are allegedly associated with a
company that was accused by Greenpeace of causing deforestation.
2018 Jun 27, In Singapore the
SingHealth cyberattack began and continued to July 4. The attack
specifically and repeatedly targeted the health records of PM Lee
Hsien Loong and breached 1.5 million health records.
2018 Jul 20, Singapore's
government said a major cyberattack on the government health
database stole the personal information of about 1.5 million people,
including PM Lee Hsien Loong.
2018 Aug 1, In Singapore top
diplomats of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
gathered for a 4-day meeting.
2018 Aug 4, US Secretary of
State Mike Pompeo pledged to provide nearly $300 million in new
security funding for Southeast Asia. Pompeo unveiled the figure on
the sidelines of a meeting in Singapore of foreign ministers from
the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
2018 Aug 6, Singapore's
immigration authority said it has started scanning travelers' eyes
at some of its border checkpoints, in a trial of expensive
technology that could one day replace fingerprint verification.
2018 Aug 22, Singapore's
government said the author of the book that inspired the hit film
"Crazy Rich Asians" failed to register for national service as
required. According to his bio, writer Kevin Kwan was born in
Singapore and left when he was 11, living in the US since then.
2018 Oct 20, In Singapore
several countries including the United States and China agreed "in
principle" to multilateral guidelines to manage unexpected
encounters between their military aircraft, joining 10 Southeast
Asian nations already in the pact. The agreement was initially
adopted a day earlier by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations
2018 Oct 23, British electric
appliance pioneer Dyson said it had picked Singapore as the site for
its first electric car plant, sparking criticism of the company's
Brexit-backing billionaire founder James Dyson for not investing
more in British manufacturing.
2018 Oct 25, The US Treasury
Department imposed sanctions on two Singapore-based entities and Tan
Wee Beng, a director and shareholder of a Singapore-based
commodities trading company, accused of money laundering through the
US financial system to evade sanctions against North Korea.
2018 Oct 26, Singapore hanged
Prabu N Pathmanathan, a convicted Malaysian drug trafficker (31),
after the city-state rejected last minute efforts to save him.
2018 Nov 9, Singapore's central
bank said it had filed a police report against an online article by
an Australia-based independent blogger about Singapore banks and
Malaysia's scandal-linked 1MDB state fund.
2018 Nov 13, In Singapore the
annual gathering of Southeast Asian leaders (ASEAN) began with a
warning from the host, Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong, about threats
against international rules that underpin world stability and
2018 Nov 14, In Singapore
leaders of Southeast Asian nations again pushed back an agreement on
a pan-Asian free trade deal amid a whirlwind of diplomacy at their
annual summit. Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong said a final agreement
will be delayed until 2019.
2018 Nov 14, Meeting in
Singapore Russia's President Vladimir Putin and Japan's PM Shinzo
Abe agreed to step up the pace of talks to end a decades-old
2018 Dec 4, Singapore said it
has lodged a "strong protest" with Malaysia over its plan to extend
the limits of a port in Malaysia's southern-most state, saying it
encroached into the territorial waters of the city-state.
2018 Dec 17, In Singapore a gay
man won the right to adopt a child he fathered via a surrogate in
the United States, in a landmark court ruling for the conservative
2019 Jan 14, Singapore's
foreign minister warned of "consequences" if neighboring Malaysia
continues to escalate a dispute over waters claimed by the city
2019 Jan 23, Singapore actor
Aloysius Pang (28) died in New Zealand. He was on a military
training exercise when a gun barrel was lowered on a large artillery
device he was helping to repair on Jan. 19. It crushed his abdomen
2019 Jan 28, Singapore's health
ministry accused American Mikhy K. Farrera Brochez of stealing and
leaking the records of 14,200 people infected with HIV, the virus
that causes AIDS, before January 2013. Brochez worked in Singapore
as a lecturer for a period before he was jailed for several drug and
fraud-related offenses and deported last year.
2019 Feb 13, The European
Parliament approved a free trade deal with Singapore that the
European Union hopes to use as a blueprint for further deals in
southeast Asia. It will become operational after the member states
give their final approval.
2019 Mar 7, Singapore axed a
gig by Watain, a Swedish metal band with Satanic beliefs, whose
performances have involved throwing pig's blood onto revelers, just
hours before it was due to go ahead.
2019 Apr 3, Singapore officials
found a record 14.2 tons of pangolin scales hidden among packets of
frozen beef. Five days later, they found 14 more tons in 474 bags in
another container. The scales were linked to four species of
pangolins native to Africa.
2019 Apr 6, Malaysia and
Singapore reached an agreement to end their months-long airspace
dispute. Under the deal, Singapore will halt instrument landing
system procedures at its Seletar Airport, while Malaysia will open
up a restricted area near the countries' border.
2019 May 3, Singapore police
said that $26 million in 1MDB-related funds was in the process of
being returned to Malaysia, the latest tranche in $176 million in
cash and properties seized by the city-state relating to the
scandal. Sources said US authorities will this month return $200
million stolen from Malaysia's state fund 1MDB, including money from
a stake in a luxury New York hotel and from a Hollywood movie
2019 May 8, Singapore passed a
law criminalizing publication of fake news and allowing the
government to block and order the removal of such content. The
Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill passed by a
vote of 72-9.
2019 Jun 4, US citizen Mikhy
Farrera-Brochez, who leaked the names of more than 14,000
HIV-positive people in Singapore, was found guilty by a US court of
illegally transferring personal data and threatening the Singapore
government. He faced up to two years in prison on each of the two
counts of sending threatening communications, and up to five years
for possessing and transferring identity information.
2019 Jun 13, Two oil tankers
near the strategic Strait of Hormuz were damaged in suspected
attacks. The MT Front Altair, a Marshall Islands-flagged crude oil
tanker owned by Norway-based Frontline, and Kokuka Courageous,
managed by a Singapore company were attacked in the Gulf of Oman.
2019 Jun 19, In Singapore one
of two runways at the main airport closed for short periods over the
last 24 hours because of "confirmed sightings of unauthorized drone
2019 Jul 10, It was reported
that Sir James Dyson (72), the leading Brexiteer, billionaire and
high-flying British technology entrepreneur, has bought the most
expensive “super penthouse" in Singapore for £44 million.
(The Telegraph, 7/10/19)
2019 Aug 12, Singapore said it
will ban the domestic trade in ivory from September 2021. The
international trade in ivory has been banned since 1990 under the
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild
Fauna and Flora (CITES).
2019 Aug 27, Singapore-based
Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW), a global alliance of plastic
makers and consumer goods companies, said it would prioritize much
of its $1 billion funds to curb plastic waste in Southeast Asia.
2019 Sep 14, Singapore's air
quality deteriorated to "unhealthy" levels for the first time in
three years, data from the National Environment Agency (NEA) showed,
threatening to deepen a regional dispute over forest fires.
2019 Sep 21, Singapore held its
first Climate Rally demonstration at Speaker's Corner.
2019 Nov 3, Some 300 to 400
Singaporeans held a rare rally in a park against the government's
immigration policies. Around 40% of the 5.7 million people living on
the small city-state are foreign and some Singaporeans are
frustrated with the number of immigrants in the city-state.
2019 Nov 29, Singapore's
government said that it has ordered Facebook to publish a correction
on a user's social media post under a new "fake news" law, raising
fresh questions about how the company will adhere to government
requests to regulate content. a correction notice was soon embedded
at the bottom of the original post without any alterations to the
2020 Jan 2, Razer Inc said it
is leading a consortium of companies that has applied for a online
bank license in Singapore, joining the race to shake up the city
state's financial sector. Razer Inc. is a global gaming hardware
manufacturing company, as well as an esports and financial services
provider established in 2005 in San Diego, California, by
Singaporean entrepreneur Min-Liang Tan and Robert Krakoff.
2020 Jan 22, Singapore began
taking the temperatures of air passengers arriving from China, a day
before China stopped travel into and out of Wuhan.
(Econ, 4/11/20, p.26)
2020 Mar 10, Singapore started
charging visitors for coronavirus treatment after it reported new
imported cases from neighboring Indonesia.
2020 Mar 15, Singapore
confirmed 14 new cases of the novel coronavirus, marking the biggest
daily increase of the infection in the city-state. Nine of the cases
were imported. Singapore has confirmed a total 226 cases of the
virus so far, with 105 having fully recovered.
2020 Mar 20, Singapore rolled
out a contact-tracing app to help direct testing for the
coronavirus. After a month it had only been downloaded by a sixth of
(Econ, 4/18/20, p.60)
2020 Mar 21, Singapore reported
47 new cases of coronavirus, which were mainly imported, taking the
city-state's tally to 432 infections. Singapore reported its first
two coronavirus deaths.
2020 Mar 23, Singapore reported
its biggest one-day jump in coronavirus infections with 54 new
cases, of which 48 were imported.
2020 Mar 29, Singapore reports
42 new coronavirus cases, taking tally to 844. Singapore reported
its third coronavirus death.
2020 Apr 1, Singapore reported
74 new coronavirus cases in its biggest intraday jump, bringing the
total tally to 1,000. Twenty of the new cases were imported while 54
were locally transmitted.
2020 Apr 2, Singapore suffered
its fourth death, a day after it reported a record number of new
cases that took its total to 1,000.
2020 Apr 3, Singapore's PM Lee
Hsien Loong said the government would no longer discourage the use
of face masks, and would distribute reusable ones to every household
to help stem the coronavirus pandemic.
(Econ, 4/11/20, p.27)
2020 Apr 4, Singapore’s
Ministry of Health confirmed an additional 75 cases of Covid-19
infection, of which six were imported and 69 local cases with no
recent travel history abroad. The city-state reported a sixth death
from the virus.
2020 Apr 5, Singapore reported
120 new cases of the coronavirus, the most in a day, bringing the
total to 1,309. Of the new cases, only four involved patients with
recent travel history.
2020 Apr 7, Singapore's
government passed a new law in parliament banning all social
gatherings in homes and public spaces to curb the spread of the
coronavirus (COVID-19). The Health Ministry confirmed 106 new cases
of coronavirus infections, most of them locally transmitted, taking
the city-state's total to 1,481.
2020 Apr 8, Singapore's Health
Ministry confirmed 142 new coronavirus infections for a total of
1,623, the biggest daily increase yet, and said a seventh person had
died after testing positive for the disease.
2020 Apr 13, Singapore recorded
a new high of 386 cases of the coronavirus, its largest single-day
spike to date.
2020 Apr 14, Singapore recorded
334 new cases, the second day figures have exceeded 300, bringing
the tally so far to 3,252.
2020 Apr 15, Singapore's health
ministry confirmed 447 new coronavirus cases in the biggest daily
jump, to bring the total number of cases in the city-state to 3,699.
404 of the new cases were linked to migrant workers' dormitories.
2020 Apr 18, Singapore's health
ministry confirmed 942 more coronavirus infections.
2020 Apr 19, Singapore's health
ministry confirmed 596 new coronavirus infections, taking the total
number of cases in the city-state to 6,588. The vast majority of the
new cases were migrant workers living in dormitories.
2020 Apr 21, Singapore has
reported 9,125 coronavirus cases, a tenfold increase in just three
weeks, though it has reported just 11 fatalities.
2020 Apr 22, Singapore reported
1,016 new cases of the coronavirus pushing its total to 10,141. The
death toll remained at 11.
(SFC, 4/23/20, p.A4)
2020 Apr 25, Singapore
registered 618 new coronavirus infections, taking the city-state's
total number of COVID-19 cases to 12,693.
2020 Apr 26, Singapore
registered 931 new coronavirus infections, taking the city-state's
total number of COVID-19 cases to 13,624. The country has one of the
highest infection rates in Asia due to outbreaks in cramped
dormitories housing over 300,000 mainly South Asian workers.
2020 May 15, In Singapore
Punithan Genasan (37) received a death sentence via zoom for his
role in a drug deal that took place in 2011. This marked the city's
first case where such a ruling has been done remotely.
2020 Jun 1, Singapore announced
plans to build lower-density dormitories for some 100,000 migrant
workers. Nearly all of its COVID-19 cases have been among migrant
(Econ., 6/20/20, p.31)
2020 Jul 10, Singapore held
parliamentary elections.The Ruling People's Action Party (PAP) won
83 of Parliament's 93 seats. The opposition Workers' Party (WP) took
a record 10 seats in the best performance by an opposition party
since independence in 1965.
(SSFC, 7/12/20, p.A7)(Econ., 7/18/20, p.29)
2020 Jul 29, A Singapore court
fined the nephew of PM Lee Hsien Loong for criticizing the judiciary
in a Facebook post two years ago amid a deepening family feud.
(SFC, 7/31/20, p.A2)
2020 Sep 2, Singapore health
authorities said they have detected new COVID-19 clusters at foreign
worker dormitories previously found to be clear of the infection,
highlighting the challenge in containing the spread of the highly
infectious virus. Foreign workers accounted for 94% of nearly 58,000
cases in the city-state.
(Reuters, 9/3/20)(Econ., 9/19/20, p.40)
2020 Oct 10, It was reported
that Singapore ride hailing app Grab has grown into the country's
most popular mobile wallet with over 60 bank tie-ups.
(Econ., 10/10/20, p.62)
2020 Oct 29, It was reported
that a company in Singapore has developed a breathalyser test for
the new coronavirus which it says will enable people to know whether
they are infected in under a minute. Breathonix, a startup firm from
the National University of Singapore, said its test achieved more
than 90% accuracy in a pilot clinical trial of 180 people.
2020 Nov 24, Singapore has all
but eradicated the virus after reporting 14 days without any new
local cases today, and saying it had snuffed out the last cluster of
infection at a worker dormitory.
2020 Dec 2, San Francisco
company Eat Just announced that it will sell its cultured chicken
meat in Singapore, making it the first of its kind to be approved
(SFC, 12/3/20, p.C1)
2020 Dec 9, Nearly 1,700
passengers on a Royal Caribbean 'cruise-to-nowhere' from Singapore
remained confined in their cabins for more than 14 hours after a
COVID-19 case was detected on board, forcing the ship back to port.
2020 Dec 10, Advanced MedTech,
which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore state investor
Temasek, said Singapore has approved its COVID-19 kit for use in
testing saliva from deep within the throat.
2020 Dec 10, Britain signed a
free trade deal with Singapore. The deal came as PM Boris Johnson
and EU chief Ursula von der Leyen tried to seal a new trade pact and
avert what some fear will be a chaotic end to the five-year Brexit
(The Telegraph, 12/10/20)
2020 Dec 14, Singapore became
the first Asian country to approve Pfizer-BioNTech's coronavirus
vaccine and said it expects to start receiving shots by the end of
2020 Dec 23, Singapore said it
has confirmed its first case of the new coronavirus variant found in
the United Kingdom, while 11 others who were already in quarantine
had returned preliminarily positive results for the new strain.
2020 Dec 31, Singapore reported
five locally transmitted COVID-19 cases, its highest number in
nearly three months, and was seeking to verify two others suspected
of being infected by a highly contagious variant first discovered in
2021 Jan 4, Singapore said its
police will be able to use data obtained by its coronavirus
contact-tracing technology for criminal investigations, a decision
likely to increase privacy concerns around the system.
2021 Apr 4, Singaporean blogger
Leong Sze Hian said he had raised S$133,000 ($98,840) via
crowdfunding on social media to cover damages he was ordered to pay
PM Lee Hsien Loong in a defamation case filed by the city-state's
leader. In 2018 Hian shared on Facebook an online news article that
linked the premier to a financial scandal at Malaysia's state fund
2021 May 13, Singapore's health
ministry reported 24 locally transmitted COVID-19 cases, the highest
daily number since mid-September, with 17 of the new cases linked to
a cluster at Chang Airport.
2021 May 14, Singapore further
tightened social distancing restrictions. New coronavirus cases have
risen to 71 in the last week from 48 a week earlier. Singapore has
reported 61,4505 cases and 31 deaths since the pandemic started.
(SFC, 5/15/21, p.A5)
2021 Jun 24, Singapore said it
expects to almost double the number of doses of coronavirus vaccines
it administers each day to 80,000 from this weekend and might later
ease restrictions on gatherings and travel for those inoculated.
2021 Jul 19, Singapore saw new
local coronavirus cases almost double from the previous day to 163,
the highest daily tally in 11 months, driven by clusters of
infections linked to a fishery port and karaoke bars.
2021 Aug 19, America's Museum
of Ice Cream launched its first international outlet in Singapore.
2021 Sep 1, Singapore's high
court ordered two news bloggers to pay PM Lee Hsien Loong a combined
S$370,000 ($275,113) in damages, over an article about the status of
the home of his late father and the city-state's modern-day founder,
Lee Kuan Yew. The August 2019 article published on The Online
Citizen included references to a disagreement within the Lee family
about what to do with the property.
2021 Sep 5, Singapore's Home
Team Science and Technology Agency said Singapore has put two
autonomous robots on trial to detect bad behavior such as flouting
of COVID-19 safety measures, smoking in prohibited areas and the
improper parking of bicycles.
2021 Sep 7, Singapore's health
ministry recorded 328 new domestic coronavirus cases, the highest
daily number of new infections in more than a year.
2021 Sep 12, In Singapore the
number of patients requiring oxygen, however, doubled to a record 54
from two days before. The percentage of unvaccinated who became
severely ill or died was 5.2%. For the fully vaccinated that
percentage was 1%.
2021 Sep 22, Singapore's health
ministry reported 1,457 new COVID-19 cases, the highest since April
last year. More than 80% of its population has been vaccinated
2021 Sep 23, Singapore's health
ministry reported 1,504 new COVID-19 cases, the highest since the
beginning of the pandemic.