SINGAPORE ARMED FORCES DEEP, DARK, SECRET LOVE AFFAIR WITH ISRAELI DEFENCE FORCE

Lee explained the need to maintain secrecy to his close friend in the leadership, and the first defense minister in his government, Dr. Goh Keng Swee. "We have to ensure, as far as possible, that the arrival of the Israelis will not become public knowledge, in order not to arouse opposition among the Malay Muslims who live in Malaysia and Singapore," the prime minister summed up. That, in essence, is Singapore's problem.

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Wise and strong leaders needed to avoid conflict: Chan Chun Sing

COUNTRIES need wise and strong leaders who appreciate that there is more to gain through cooperation than conflict, said Second Defence Minister Chan Chun Sing. Speaking at the Asia-Pacific Security Conference on Monday, he said: "We also need courageous leaders who do not succumb to domestic pressures or nationalistic pursuits against the greater good of the region, including to right historical wrongs and perceived wrongs when the conditions are still premature." These leaders must not succumb to the notion that "might is right...The mark of a powerful country is not how it is able to use its might to get its way. The mark of a truly powerful country is how it is able to restrain itself and not have to use its might to get its way and yet convince others to come along its side."

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Indian national involved in Little India riot given 15 weeks jail, first to be sentenced

A 32-year-old Indian national was sentenced to 15 weeks in jail on Monday for his role in last December's Little India riot - the first among 25 accused to be dealt with. Chinnappa Vijayaragunatha Poopathi, who was originally accused of rioting, pleaded guilty last Friday to an amended charge of continuing to be in an assembly after it had been ordered to disperse under Section 151 of the Penal Code.

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New air traffic control centre to increase Singapore’s air traffic capacity

To meet growing demands of air traffic in the region, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) today (Feb 10) unveiled its new Singapore Air Traffic Control Centre (SATCC) during the Singapore Airshow Aviation Leadership Summit Lunch. The SATCC houses the new Long Range Radar and Display System III – or LORADS III – which maximises advances in aircraft navigation accuracy and functionality, said Mr Rosly Saad, Director of CAAS Air Traffic Services during a media preview of the new centre.

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SINGAPORE MAY BE A TINY RED DOT BUT THEY ARE THE WORLD'S HOTTEST CHILI PADI!

History is always interpreted differently by different people. It depends on which angle you are looking at. The Indonesians view the 2 dead soldiers as national heroes when they carried out their mission paying with their lives as the ultimate sacrifice. They were merely carrying out orders during that turbulent period. Whereas, we view it differently cuz they targeted civilians. It is universally accepted that professionals should not target civilians.

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Like Yasakuni?

The two marines were buried in Heroes Cemetery. Do we have a right to object to their entombment in a place of honour like Heroes Cemetery? Of course not. So Jakarta is going to have some streets named after them. Should we object? Again no. So why should it bother us if it is a ship? That is a good point. Let me also add that it is a WARSHIP.

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SINGAPORE'S FAULT THAT THE TWO INDONESIAN MARINES WERE HAILED AS HEROES?

If Singapore had entertained the request for clemency, would the two Marines have been hailed as heroes? Especially since they were Sukarno's soldiers, not Suharto's? Would they have served out their life sentences quietly and into obscurity? We'll never know. What we do know is that this denial of amnesty set off a chain of events leading up to the names 'Osman Harun' now chosen for a naval ship.

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WOULD YOU LIKE TO MEET THIS SENIOR MALAY MILITARY OFFICER?

With general elections and presidential elections casting a dark shadow on the political players in Indonesia, Singapore can always be used as the convenient whipping boy. We are reassured by what an editor of Jakarta Post told our reporter. That most Indonesians have no problem with Singapore.

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LTA YUSRI ABU BAKAR - SINGAPORE'S MALAY F-16 FIGHTER PILOT

ONLY one in a thousand makes it as a fighter pilot in the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF), and Lieutenant Yusri Abu Bakar, 25, not only made the cut but also secured the distinction of becoming the first Malay Singaporean fighter pilot. The young lieutenant got his wings in October 2001 and completed his F-16 training a year later.

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Malays who chose to stay helped nation succeed: PM

The pioneer generation of Malays who chose to remain in Singapore during the separation from Malaysia enabled Singapore to grow into a unique multi-racial and multi-religious society, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. The Separation in 1965 was a moment of choice for the Malay community, between joining Malaysia as part of the majority and remaining in Singapore as a minority, he said. Many chose to stay and Mr Lee paid tribute to them during his Malay speech at yesterday’s Pioneer Generation event at the Istana, saying that they helped build a modern nation with many opportunities and a high quality of life.

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