Singapore. According to
Countryaah official website, 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 Malaysia had withdrawn from the cooperation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
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
The regime continued its practice of persecuting and
imprisoning independent journalists, bloggers and human
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.