Singapore. Although Singapore was less affected by the
Asian crisis than many other countries, the region's
stagnation caused business losses and shrinking tourism. The
number of tourists was estimated at 6 million against 7.1
million in 1997. According to
Countryaah, Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong predicted weak
or no economic growth at all over the next few years
compared to almost 8% in 1997. He described the country's
trials as the worst since independence in 1965.
The Small Workers 'Party Workers' Party (WP) leader JB
Jeyaretnam, one of Parliament's only three opposition
members, was ordered by the court in July to pay the
equivalent of SEK 470,000. in damages to Prime Minister Goh
for an opinion ahead of the 1997 election which he found to
be derogatory. The politics of S. are completely dominated
by Goh's PAP (People's Action Party) and sentiments against
opponents are common.
During the summer, a battle flared up with Malaysia over
the placement of passport control at the border. In
addition, the two countries disputed whether rights to
water, ports and airspace.
President SR Nathan was re-elected in August 2005 for a
new six-year term. He had ended up being the only candidate
for office when the Election Commission gave him the right -
as the only one - to stand. The other three candidates had
been rejected by the Commission on the grounds that they had
"no experience and ability to manage financial affairs and
could not fulfill the obligations of a president". This was
the third "presidential election" in Singapore following the
amendment of the Constitution in 1992, which states that the
president must be "elected by the people".
The leader of Jamaah Islamiah in Singapore, Mas Selamat
Kastari, arrived in the country in February 2006 after being
arrested in Indonesia. The movement is fighting for the
introduction of Islamic principles in Southeast Asia -
especially in Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei, Malyasia,
Thailand and the Philippines.
The government announced in February 2006 that it would
share $ 2.6 billion. S $ out to the country's inhabitants
who were accumulated government surpluses from previous
years. The opposition condemned the move as an open attempt
to buy votes in the May elections.
Lee Hsien's ruling Popular Action Party won the first
"real" parliamentary elections in May. Ie elections in which
more than one candidate was elected in each district. The
election confirmed the prime minister's popularity and his
party got 82 of the parliament's 84 seats.
In September 2008, the Supreme Court of Singapore
sentenced Far Eastern Economic Review to pay compensation to
Prime Minister Lee Hsien and his father Lee Kuan Yew for a
2006 article. methods of governing the country and holding
down the opposition. In 2010, Lee Hsien and his father Lee
Kuan Yew threatened the New York Times with legal
action following an article in the International Herald
Tribune. The article suggested that the title of Prime
Minister had been inherited from father to son, and not
because of Lee Hsien's political merits. The New York
Timesended up paying US $ 114,000 to the two prime
ministers. Singapore has a close relationship with the US,
participates in the US 'war on terror', and has participated
with soldiers in the US occupation of Iraq. In its World
Report 2010, Human Rights Watch named Singapore as the
school example of a repressive state. The human rights
organization referred to the country's violent repression of
the opposition and draconian national security laws.
Singapore was hit by the global economic crisis in 2008
and in 2009 growth was negative by 0.9%. But in 2010, growth
rose to 14.5%.
To reduce pollution in the city, there are very high
registration and customs fees that make the use of cars many
times more expensive than in neighboring countries and in
the West. Only 1 in 10 people has a car. The inhabitants
instead use the extremely well-functioning public transport
The May 2011 parliamentary elections saw a decline for
the ruling PAP, falling 6.5% to 60%. Due. however, the
electoral system secured 82 out of the 87 seats in
parliament. At the same time, it gave Prime Minister Lee the
opportunity to continue on the post. In the period 2008-12,
his annual salary as Prime Minister was US $ 2,856,930. This
triggered considerable criticism and in January 2012 he
therefore granted a 28% pay cut to DKK 1.7 million. US $.
However, he remains the world's highest-paid prime minister.