Move on from Covid-19 like the Indonesians: The Star columnist, Asia News & Top Stories

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – During my two-week trip to Indonesia, I observed there was a serious discussion about ekonomi koronavirus (coronavirus economy). The debate was on the impact of the outbreak, particularly to Indonesia. Ironically, as of last Thursday (Feb 13), there was no case of the disease among its populace or reports of foreigners contacting the disease. Bear in mind, Indonesians living in Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak, were brought home beginning Feb 1. Even Harvard University public health researchers were baffled. According to them,…

S’pore, Germany eye new areas of defence collaboration, Singapore News & Top Stories

Minister for Defence Ng Eng Hen met German Federal Minister of Defence Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer on Sunday to explore new areas of defence collaboration, including in cyber security and the tackling of disinformation. The two ministers’ first meeting took place on the sidelines of the 56th Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany. The annual three-day, high-level security conference brings together more than 500 heads of government, defence and foreign ministers, parliamentarians, military leaders and security experts from around the world. During the meeting, Dr Ng thanked Germany for supporting the Singapore…

Singapore and Germany discuss defence collaboration to tackle disinformation, Singapore News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – Minister for Defence Ng Eng Hen met German Federal Minister of Defence Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer on Sunday (Feb 16) to explore new areas of defence collaboration, including in cybersecurity and the tackling of disinformation. The two ministers’ first meeting took place on the sidelines of the 56th Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany. The annual three-day high-level security conference brings together more than 500 heads of government, defence and foreign ministers, parliamentarians, military leaders, and security experts from around the world. During the meeting, Dr Ng thanked Germany for…

Build trust to resolve South China Sea row: Ng Eng Hen, Singapore News & Top Stories

Countries should build trust and confidence and support diplomatic efforts to find solutions to the conflicting and overlapping claims in the South China Sea, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said on Friday at a security conference in Munich, Germany. Speaking at the Maritime Security Roundtable, Dr Ng also stressed the importance of upholding the principles of freedom of navigation despite these claims, and proposed resource-sharing mechanisms to reduce the risk of conflict. He said: “I think as leaders, we have to deal with the situation at hand and agree on…

Nations to build trust and confidence and find solutions to solve South China Sea conflict: Ng Eng Hen, Singapore News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – Countries should build trust and confidence and support diplomatic efforts to find solutions to the conflicting and overlapping claims in the South China Sea, Minister for Defence Ng Eng Hen said on Friday (Feb 14) at a security conference in Munich, Germany. Speaking at a Maritime Security Roundtable, Dr Ng also stressed the importance of upholding the principles of freedom of navigation despite these claims, and proposed resource-sharing mechanisms to reduce the risk of conflict. He said: “I think as leaders, we have to deal with the situation…

More windy weather likely in next two weeks, Environment News & Top Stories

Windy conditions are expected in the second half of this month, the weatherman said yesterday. And in the later half of the fortnight, thundery showers in the afternoon are also expected, the National Environment Agency’s Meteorological Service Singapore said in a statement. The daily temperatures in the second half of this month are forecast to range between 24 deg C and 33 deg C on most days. Warm conditions can be expected on a few days during the fortnight, with a maximum temperature of around 34 deg C. Windy conditions…

Windy conditions expected in second half of February: Weatherman, Singapore News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – Windy conditions are expected in the second half of February, the weatherman said on Friday (Feb 14). And in the later half of the fortnight, thundery showers in the afternoon are also expected, said the National Environment Agency’s Meteorological Service Singapore said in a statement. The daily temperatures in the second half of February are forecast to range between 24 deg C and 33 deg C on most days. Warm conditions can be expected on a few days with a maximum temperature of around 34 deg C. Windy…

Australia, Indonesia move to implement trade deal as Jokowi visits, Australia/NZ News & Top Stories

SYDNEY (AFP) – Australia and Indonesia announced a 100-day plan on Monday (Feb 10) to implement a long-awaited trade deal, as the two countries hailed a “new beginning” for their sometimes troubled relationship. The two G-20 economies hope to deepen trade currently worth a modest US$12 billion (S$17 billion) a year, in a region increasingly dominated by China’s economic and military might. Addressing Australia’s Parliament on a landmark state visit, President Joko Widodo cast the two nations as would-be “Avengers” – “forces of good” uniting to defeat a “common enemy”…

Philippine President Duterte seeks military pact exit, report says, as US touts ‘strong’ ties, SE Asia News & Top Stories

MANILA (BLOOMBERG) – President Rodrigo Duterte plans to order the termination of a longstanding military pact with the US, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported, though the US State Department reiterated that relations between the nations remain strong. The Inquirer report, citing presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo, follows Duterte’s threat in January to end the agreement after Washington cancelled a visa for a senator who used to lead his drug war. Such a move could upend the decades-long alliance as Beijing continues its rise as a military power from the contested waters…