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  • April 12, 2014

    PM Lee: S'pore will not take sides in tussle over South China Sea

    ... progress. We are not there yet, but we have made some good progress. I think in a more open environment, particularly if we are positioning ourselves as a global city, it is very important that our people have a sense of belonging and place and of roots here, and a sense of country and community. And that's something we are working at, because we are a country. We are not like London or New York, where...

    Opinion
  • April 12, 2014

    Health officials ask Suthep for reform in sector and an embrace

    ... the committee was worried about the health issue. He said he and the PDRC had the same idea to strengthen the country's public health system and needed a mechanism to check and balance power. The Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order (CAPO) has issued a warning to state officials and civil servants not to support or join the PDRC's demonstration. Narong said when asked to explain to...

    Politics
  • April 11, 2014

    Lee: Thai crisis is weakening Asean ahead of integration

    ... with domestic difficulties, you will not be able to contribute your full weight to Asean endeavours and deliberations. And we see this as a very difficult problem which Thailand, the Thai people and Thai society will have to solve. It is not easy to do; it is a very deep problem. I don't think there is very much which outsiders will be able to contribute to that, even well-meaning outsiders within Asean...

    Opinion
  • April 11, 2014

    Police to seek arrest warrant for key red shirt

    .... He said he would fight the allegation of lese majeste and claimed that the video clip was doctored to frame him. "I want to tell the government that I have always worked for the Pheu Thai Party and the government, particularly Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra," he said. "Now they are taking legal action against me. It seems they want to kill the warrior when the war is over." Adul said he had...

    Politics
  • April 11, 2014

    I can't broker talks: Prem

    ... such an unbreakable stalemate that even a highly charismatic senior figure like Privy Council President Prem Tinsulanonda admits he would not be able to mediate the dispute, as the conflicting parties would not listen to him. Calls by many groups in the country to have both sides negotiate to bring an end to the crisis, which is damaging the economy and the country's development opportunities, do not seem...

    Politics
  • April 11, 2014

    INDIA POLLS: Time to get sweeping

    ... homeland, I have been struck by the overwhelming poverty and considerable corruption that sit side by side. It doesn't really seem to make a difference whether it is Congress, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), a regional outfit or even the Communists who are running the show. The distant glow of independence-era history and brief phases of optimism tend to give way to the all-too familiar bottom line...

    Opinion
  • April 10, 2014

    'Outsiders' can't help Thailand solve political crisis : Lee

    ... full weight to the Asean endeavour," the prime minister said in reply to a question posed by Nation Multimedia Group chairman Suthichai Yoon. "We see this as a very difficult problem that Thai people and society will have to solve. It's not easy to do, it's a very deep problem. I don't think there's anything that outsiders will be able to contribute to that, even well-meaning outsiders within Asean. I...

    Politics
  • April 10, 2014

    Suthep plays down 'sovereignty' claim

    ... that could develop should caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra be required by a Constitutional Court verdict to step down, creating a political vacuum. Suthep, the secretary-general of the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), said the people could claim sovereign power in accordance with the Constitution's Article 3 if Yingluck is forced to step down, leaving the nation without a government. "As...

    Politics
  • April 10, 2014

    The Heat is on with the Indonesian Elections

    Unofficial projections by the influential Kompas newspaper during the late afternoon of 9 April have indicated that the main opposition party, the PDI-P has secured around 19.67จf the popular votes for the House of Representatives (DPR). This is short of the 25ญhreshold it needed to nominate its presidential candidate, the Governor of Jakarta Joko Widodo ("Jokowi") on its own. Still, this is a boost...

    Opinion
  • April 9, 2014

    Known unknowns in Indonesia polls: what they mean for the region

    ... Asia's biggest economy, this is to be expected. But understanding the full implications of their electoral choices will not be easy as there are two "known unknowns" in the country's latest power transition. The first concerns the new parliament. The second, the new president. Unless the picture becomes clearer towards the end of the year, a new government clouded by these twin ambiguities could mean...

    Opinion