BBC:US piles pressure on Burma regime

US officials have had a rare meeting with representatives of Burma’s regime.

Unnamed officials told reporters that efforts to improve ties depended partly on the outcome of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s trial.

The US also pressed Burma to enforce a United Nations resolution imposing an arms embargo on North Korea.

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The hidden ugly side of Singapore

Vijay Kumar

 July 3, 09

In between the glamarous buildings and shoppings complexes of this city state, there is huge suffering that the world has never seen. Something that the Singapore government or media will try to hide from the rest of the world. And this is the lives of 80 percent of ‘true’ Singaporeans who live in the republic’s Housing Development Board (low cost) flats.

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Malaysia PM YAB Datuk Sri Najib: “Abolish NEP”

Malaysia PM YAB Datuk Sri Najib said: “Abolish NEP”

On his maiden trip to Singapore yesterday, Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak was on a charm offensive, touching on his plan to dismantle the National Economic Policy (NEP), a sore contention point in Malaysia’s race-relations.

najib in pattaya thailand asean summit 10409In an interview with Singapore’s Straits Times, Najib (right) said that the ethnic quotas had damaged Malaysia’s competitiveness and ran counter to global trends.

He added that the long-term benefits of ending the scheme would outweigh the “pain”.


Launched in 1970, the NEP has remained one of the most divisive aspects of Malaysia’s multi-ethnic society. The affirmative action programme uniquely favours the Malay majority over the Chinese and Indian minorities.

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Rare dengue type on the rise in Singapore

SINGAPORE, March 19 – Dengue numbers are down but public health officers are on high alert. The reason: An unfamiliar dengue virus has emerged which has the potential to spark a major outbreak.

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Singapore: Singapore Urges Myanmar To Reconcile With Rivals

SINGAPORE: Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong urged his Myanmar counterpart Tuesday (17 March) to reconcile with opponents, just hours after the ruling military junta cracked down on several pro-democracy activists.

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Singapore Immigration officer jailed for graft

SINGAPORE: An Immigration officer was jailed for six months and ordered to pay a penalty of S$240 (RM576) on Thursday for corruptly accepting 4D tickets in return for not reporting a colleague’s illegal activities.

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Singapore soldiers get “Facebook warning”

MARCH 6 – National servicemen have been discouraged from forming online military groups on the popular social networking website Facebook. Notices circulating in camps warn soldiers about Facebook”s “dangers” and caution against revealing sensitive information about army life or posting photos taken in camp – especially during training – on their own Facebook pages.

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