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PM Lee visits Senoko Power Station, hopes pickup in economic growth will continue into 2017

SINGAPORE – As the country celebrates Chinese New Year, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong hopes the pickup in economic numbers towards the end of 2016 will continue into this year. The economy grew by 1.8 per cent last year, surpassing expectations on the back of a rebound in the manufacturing sector in the fourth quarter. And while some workers may be concerned about the jobs outlook, Mr Lee told reporters on a visit to Singapore’s largest power plant that the Government watches not just retrenchment numbers, but also keeps anRead More

KL, Singapore sign deal for high-speed rail

Line will be up by end-2026; PM Lee hails pact as a significant milestone in bilateral ties Royston Sim Assistant Political EditorIn Putrajaya Singapore and Malaysia yesterday signed a historic agreement to construct a high-speed rail line that is slated to start by Dec 31, 2026. The line between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur will be 350km long and have eight stations. It will go across the Strait of Johor via a 25m- high bridge near the Second Link. The landmark deal will transform the way both countries interact and do business,Read More

Singapore ‘disappointed’ TPP may not be ratified after Trump win: PM Lee

SEMARANG, Indonesia: Singapore is “disappointed” that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement may not be ratified before US President-elect Donald Trump takes office, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Monday (Nov 14). “We feel disappointed that the TPP looks very unlikely or will not be passed now, ratified now, before Jan 21 when the new president swears in,” said Mr Lee in a wrap-up interview with Singapore media after a leaders’ retreat with Indonesian President Joko Widodo. His comments came days after US President Barack Obama’s administration suspended efforts toRead More

PM Lee Hsien Loong pays respects to late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej in Bangkok

BANGKOK – Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong paid his respects to Thailand’s late Bhumibol Adulyadej at Bangkok’s Grand Palace on Friday (Oct 21). PM Lee presented a white wreath at the palace, where the King Bhumibol’s body lies pending the completion of religious rites. Mr Lee is the first Asean leader to have travelled personally to the Thai capital to pay his respects since the monarch died on Oct 13 at the age of 88. In a Facebook post on Friday (Oct 21), Mr Lee said, “His Majesty had aRead More

PM Lee to visit Malaysia on Tuesday to witness signing of MOU on KL-Singapore high-speed rail

SINGAPORE – Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will be in Putrajaya on Tuesday (July 19) for the signing of an agreement on the much-anticipated high-speed rail (HSR) that will connect Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Mr Lee and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak will witness the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the project, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement on Monday. Mr Najib indicated in April 2016 that the MOU signing would take place in the middle of this year. First announced in 2013 at theRead More

Brexit vote a ‘turning point’: PM Lee

SINGAPORE: Britain’s vote to leave the European Union (EU) is a turning point, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Friday (Jun 24), after the UK voted in a referendum to leave the EU. The decision reflects the anxiety of the British population over immigration, their resentment at having to negotiate with and accommodate European partners, and their desire to assert British identity and sovereignty, Mr Lee stated. “Other developed countries also face similar challenges as Britain. We all live in a globalised, interdependent world. The desire to disengage, toRead More