Indonesian media says S’pore cancelled airshow invite

Indonesian media yesterday reported that Singapore had rescinded an invitation to the Chief of Staff of the Indonesian Navy and his delegation of around 100 junior officers to the Singapore Airshow, which starts tomorrow. An Indonesian Defence Ministry spokesman was reported as saying that he understands that the cancellation was connected to Indonesia’s decision to name a naval warship after two marines responsible for a deadly bombing on MacDonald House in 1965 that left three dead. When contacted by TODAY to confirm if the invite was indeed withdrawn, Singapore’s Ministry of Defence (Mindef) spokesman Kenneth Liow declined to comment. But when pressed, Colonel Liow did not deny the Indonesian reports.

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GIC RESERVES – GOVERNMENT SHOULD RETURN MONEY IN GIC TO CITIZENS

Despite repeated calls for the government to improve its transparency on the management of our reserves, only a handful of people know the actual amount invested by the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation Pte Ltd (GIC). Decisions on a few hundred billion dollars of OUR money (I will term ‘our reserves’ as ‘our money’ as it means just that) must not continue to be shrouded in secrecy. Why do citizens have NO SAY in OUR money with our MPs remaining silent, playing along with the few in control? This is not how democracy works.

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MAJOR-GENERAL(NS) CHAN CHUN SING CANCELLED DEFENCE MEETING WITH INDONESIAN COUNTERPARTS

When contacted, Brigadier-General Sisriadi Iskandar, head of public communications at the Indonesian Defence Ministry, told The Straits Times that Mr Sjafrie decided not to attend the air show after his Singaporean counterpart, Second Defence Minister Chan Chun Sing, cancelled a planned meeting scheduled for Tuesday.

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Former presidential candidate Tan Kin Lian calls for NS to be shortened to a year

Tan Kin Lian, a candidate at the 2011 Presidential Election, has called for national service (NS) to be shortened from the current two years to a year.In an online petition posted three days ago, the former CEO of NTUC Income also called on the government to reduce the call-up for reservist and remedial training. The petition has gathered close to 900 signatures as of Sunday morning. His goal is to hit 10,000 signatures. While Tan acknowledged that national defence is important for Singapore, he said the government should review the approach to “make sure that the budget and resources are effectively used to produce the desired outcome”.

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450,000 ELIGIBLE FOR PIONEER GENERATION PACKAGE

About 450,000 older Singaporeans will be eligible for the Pioneer Generation Package, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said at the Pioneer Generation tribute at the Istana this morning (Feb 9). Citizens born from 1949 and who received their citizenship by Dec 31, 1986 will qualify, and they will be informed in due course.

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SINGAPORE – PULAU UBIN

So we decided to do brief stopovers in those two places along the way. We had roughly 36 hours in Singapore. When we landed, we dropped our packs off at the hotel, then headed straight to the island of Pulau Ubin for a bike tour we had booked for that afternoon. Getting to the island required a short ferry ride from the edge of the city.

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The Lego Movie: Review

It’s only February and this is the 3rd movie review we’re posting in a row – we’re either in some twilight zone or suddenly “winter” has become the summer for us malcontents. At any rate – The Lego Movie is one film I’ve been dying to see the more they gave sneaks to it … but just like remembering how much fun Lego was in our youth

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LionsXII held at home

The LionsXII were held to a 0-0 draw at home by Terengganu today (Feb 8), a result that did their hopes of retaining the Malaysian Super League (MSL) title no favours. The Singaporean side has now won just one of their opening four fixtures, and lie sixth in the league with five points, one ahead of big-spending rivals Johor Darul Takzim.

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Indonesians on alert as haze strikes again

While thousands of people in Java are facing an extreme rainy season and flash floods damaging their homes and farms, people in other parts of the country have been choked in thick haze from forest fires. The haze in Pontianak, West Kalimantan, has prompted the city administration to close kindergartens and elementary schools from Thursday to Saturday.

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