Statement of the Far Eastern Economic Review

September 28, 2006

The Singaporean government today announced that it has banned the Far Eastern Economic Review from the country. It has explicitly warned that not only is the Review Publishing Company forbidden from importing or distributing the Hong Kong-based monthly, but Singaporeans will also commit a criminal offense if they import or reproduce the magazine for distribution.

In its September issue, the Review urged the Singaporean government to reconsider its decision to impose punitive regulations on the Review. These retroactive regulations furthered the interests of individual members of the government and harmed the magazine financially, but were never justified by the government under the applicable law. Today’s statement shows that the government has refused to reconsider its repressive approach toward the media.

We regret that this action infringes on the fundamental rights of our Singaporean subscribers and further restricts the already narrow scope of free expression in Singapore. The Review will publish a more complete response to the government’s actions in the next issue of the magazine to appear on October 6.

Revocation Of Approval For Circulation Of The Far Eastern Economic Review In Singapore

Revocation Of Approval For Circulation Of The Far Eastern Economic Review In Singapore

The Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts has revoked with effect from 28 September 2006 the approval given to the Far Eastern Economic Review (FEER) for sale or distribution in Singapore . This follows the failure by the publisher of FEER to comply with the conditions imposed under Section 24 of the Newspaper and Printing Presses Act (NPPA). FEER had not complied by the 11 September 2006 deadline, nor has it complied till today, despite a reminder sent to FEER on 14 September 2006 . The FEER remains a declared foreign newspaper under the NPPA.

2 With the revocation of the approval under Section 24 of the NPPA, it becomes an offence under Section 24(5) for any person to sell or distribute, or import or possess for sale or distribution, the FEER in Singapore . Reproduction of the FEER for sale or distribution in Singapore will also be an offence under Section 25(4) of the NPPA. It is also an offence under Section 28 of the NPPA for any person to subscribe to the FEER.

3 It is a privilege and not a right for foreign newspapers to circulate in Singapore . If any foreign newspaper fails to comply with the law, including the NPPA, they cannot expect to enjoy this privilege.


Mahathir Slams Kuan Yew As Arrogant

Bernama, September 22, 2006 20:13 PM

KUALA TERENGGANU, Sept 22 (Bernama) — Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad Friday slammed Singapore’s Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew for his insulting remarks about Malaysia and Indonesia’s treatment of their Chinese minorities, describing him as arrogant and disrespectful of neighbouring countries.

The former premier said Lee was arrogant because he felt he was in a strong position.

“He’s not bothered with his neighbours. That is why he deliberately raised something he knew to be sensitive in our country,” he told reporters after launching the building fund of the Kemaman branch of the Ex-Servicemen’s Association and the district Warriors Day Campaign at Awana Kijal, Beach and Spa Resort in Kijal.

Lee on Friday told a forum held in conjunction with the International Monetary Fund conference in Singapore that Malaysia and Indonesia had problems with their Chinese minorities because they were successful and hardworking and therefore they were systemically marginalised.
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The Summer Day

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean –
The one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down –
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what do you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

Mary Oliver

UBS: World's most expensive cities

1 London 105.5
2 New York 100.0
3 Oslo 94.6
4 Tokyo 93.4
5 Zurich 87.3
6 Copenhagen 86.3
7 Geneva 85.8
8 Dublin 84.3
9 Chicago 82.2
10 Los Angeles 80.6
11 Paris 78.1
12 Helsinki 77.3
13 Luxembourg 76.6
14 Stockholm 75.8
15 Vienna 74.0
16 Seoul 73.9
17 Amsterdam 73.0
18 Hong Kong 73.0
19 Toronto 71.4
20 Munich 71.2
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Haunting tales

Straits Times, Sep 17, 2006
An ongoing court case has sparked an interest in exorcism, and Catholic theologian William Goh’s talk on this topic last week attracted quite a crowd
By Leong Su-Lin

FATHER William Goh has a suggestion for all Catholic travellers wary of haunted hotel rooms: Never travel without a supply of holy water.

That way, if you encounter strange noises, shifting tables or flickering lights, you can sprinkle the water and say a prayer to appease the spirits, says the theologian, who is a resource speaker for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore.

‘A hotel is probably haunted because a person was murdered there and his spirit cannot rest in peace,’ he says.

When he encounters ‘a strange presence’ in a room, he too will sprinkle holy water and bless the room, he adds. Any water blessed by a Catholic priest is considered holy water.
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Plasma better or LCD?

Know your needs and room before picking LCD or plasma
By Seán Captain The New York Times

Published: September 14, 2006

In the old days of digital television, a year or two ago, choices were simple. If the screen measured less than 37 inches diagonally, it would be a liquid crystal display panel. From about 37 to 50 inches, it would probably be a plasma panel. And larger sizes would be rear- or front-projection sets.

But as flat panels have grown, categories have blurred. For 60-inch, or 152- centimeter, screens, plasmas starting about $3,000 are an alternative to projection models starting about $2,000. A bigger rivalry exists between LCD and plasma panels of about 40 inches, where prices are virtually identical. For example, the most popular plasma from LG Electronics, the 42-inch 42PC3D, sells for $2,000; and its 42-inch LCD, the 42LC2D, sells for $2,100. (Model numbers and availability may differ slightly in Europe and Asia.) Continue reading Plasma better or LCD?