Singapore. Visit Countryaah official website to get information about the capital city of Singapore. Several lawsuits against opponents of Prime Minister Goh’s dominant party PAP (People’s Action Party) appeared as usual. In February, the leader of the opposition party SDP (Singapore Democratic Party), Chee Soon Juan, was sentenced to fines or imprisonment for speaking publicly without permission. Chee chose the prison sentence and pointed out in his defense that the ban on holding public speeches violates the freedom of speech in the Constitution. In April, Chee was sentenced to additional fines for illegally selling his book on Asian opposition leaders. In May, the small Workers’ Party (WP) lost its appeal against a judgment for damages equivalent to more than SEK 1 million, which the party was ordered to pay in 1998 for commenting on the PAP members.
Minister of the Interior Wong Kan Seng announced that the cancer patient, former stockbroker Nick Leeson, who in December 1995 was sentenced to six and a half years in prison for fraud, would be released for good conduct on July 3. Leeson was employed by Baring’s Bank, and his extensive business caused the bank’s collapse.
The state budget for 1999, which was presented in February, entailed an increase in expenditure of 5.6% compared to the previous year.
In April, Singapore and Malaysia again conducted joint defense exercises within the framework of the regional defense cooperation FPDA (Five-Power Defense Arrangements), with the other members being Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Malaysia had withdrawn from the cooperation in 1998, as an expression of deteriorating relations with Singapore.
In September 14, authorities banned the movie “To Singapore with Love” with the argument that it undermined national security. The film featured interviews with activists who had escaped from political persecution in the country, threatening to stand trial for violating the far-flung legislation regarding “Internal Security”. Instructor Tan Pin appealed the censorship decision, which was ratified in November by 9 votes to 3.
The regime won the parliamentary elections in September 2015. The PAP government party went up another 3 seats and got 83 out of the parliament’s 89 seats. As a percentage, PAP received 69.9% of the votes cast.
In June 2016, Malaysian national Kho Jabing was executed. He was convicted of murder and had just been denied his last appeal.
The regime continued its practice of persecuting and imprisoning independent journalists, bloggers and human rights activists.
In November 2016, Singapore passed a series of constitutional amendments, the most important of which was that if a population group had not been elected president for 5 years or within 30 years, the subsequent presidential election would only accept candidates from that group. Following the change, the authorities decided that at the 2017 presidential election, only candidates from the country’s Malay minority could stand. A number of candidates were eligible, but in the last down, only the incumbent Halimah Yacob was elected, and thus automatically elected. She was posted to the post in September 2017. The appointment did not spark unconditional enthusiasm in the population, with only 17% declaring that they felt represented by her, while 83% did not. Yacob was the country’s first female and first Malay president.