· August, 2008

Stories about Singapore from August, 2008

Singapore: Blogger-dissident still in jail

  30 August 2008

Gopalan Nair gives an update about his case. The US-based Singapore activist was jailed by Singapore authorities last May for insulting a judge and other officials.

Singapore: Harassment against Burmese immigrants

  25 August 2008

A Burmese activist applying for visa renewal was asked by Singapore immigration authorities about his political activities: “They asked me: ‘Who is the leader of the OBP? How many members do you have? Who are they? What are their names? Where do you usually gather for meetings?’ And they also...

Southeast Asia’s Olympic performance

  25 August 2008

Southeast Asian countries garnered 12 medals in the recently concluded 2008 Beijing Olympics. Indonesia leads the pack with 5 medals: 1 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze medals.

Singapore wins a silver medal

  18 August 2008

The women's table tennis team of Singapore has clinched a silver medal in the Beijing Olympics. It is the nation’s first Olympic medal in 48 years. Wilfrid Wong is ecstatic.

Singapore: Weakness of education system

  14 August 2008

Ian On The Red Dot wonders if swimmer Michael Phelps would have succeeded if the Olympic gold medalist was born in Singapore. The blogger criticizes Singapore’s education system which pushes students “who don’t do well in academics into a lower stream.”

ASEAN's 41st anniversary

  10 August 2008

ephraim posts a speech of Singapore Foreign Minister George Yeo during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Day reception. Mr. Yeo stressed that people in the region “must increasingly internalise a sense of ASEAN citizenship.”

Southeast Asia and Beijing Olympics

  9 August 2008

Close to 200 athletes from the Southeast Asian region are participating in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The big news (as far as the region is concerned) during the opening ceremonies are the exclusion of Brunei during the event and the “improper” waving of the Singaporean flag by the country’s flagbearer.