Indonesian officials claim S’pore fighter jets trespass airspace

Officials at Hang Nadim International Airport in Batam, Riau Islands, say they detected several Singapore Air Force fighter jets trespassing in Indonesian airspace. The airport's flight safety head, Indah Irwansyah, said several unidentified aircraft were tracked flying over Batam. According to the report, the aircraft had come from Singapore and had flown through Sekupang district airspace toward Nipah Island.

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$MRT SCORES AN A(SS) FOR “TRAFFIC LIGHTS” IDEA

SMRT will be throwing money at another ‘solution’ with the installation of “traffic lights” inside an MRT station. (even if they are outside, it still doesn’t make sense) link The reason to cow pei cow bu again is because the SMRT did not consult the public and stupid ideas will eventually translate into fare hikes for me.

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SINGAPORE IS THE WORLD'S FIFTH LARGEST ARMS IMPORTER - CNBC

Singapore, one of Asia's smallest countries thinks big when it comes to defense. Between 2008 and 2012 the city-state, with a population of just 5.3 million, was the world's fifth-largest arms importer, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. The wealthy Southeast Asian country consistently allocates about 20 percent of national spending to defense, analysts say. Ever since an acrimonious split with larger neighbor Malaysia in 1965, Singapore has placed a strong emphasis on the military. That's likely to remain the case for some time given regional tensions, increased military spending by neighbors and the threats posed by piracy and terrorism, experts add.

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17 year COE High: Biker boy analyses what next

My heart sank when I heard about the latest certificate of entitlement (COE) price for motorcycles - $2,704 - and the highest for 17 years. That's a 36 per cent rise compared with January's first bidding quota premium of $1,989. Naturally, there were many biker voices on social media calling the increase painful and unfair. Many pin the blame on the recent announcement that monthly quota of COEs from February to April (a new threemonth COE recycling period) will decrease from 3,471 to 3,043.

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Top 5 places to bring your kids in Singapore

As Singaporeans are always looking for great places to bring your kids, these are a list of Top 5 Places to bring your kids. The best thing about these places is that they are FREE of charge, and they offer the kids a different experience , from walking the shops at Takashimaya. Best of all, they are good for all seasons, and they are open even on Public holidays.

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Yang Pertama dan Utama : SIR During Konfrontasi

LTG Winston Choo was the first Chief of Defence Force of the SAF from 1974 to 1992. He was also an alumni of the prestigious Federation Military College (FMC now Royal Military College-RMC) from 1959 until 1961. Upon completion of his FMC training in Port Dickson, he was a Second Lieutenant in 1SIR where he served as 11th platoon commander of ‘C’ (Charlie) Company. 2LT Choo later saw action in Pulau Sebatik during the Konfrontasi.

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The Last Refuge of Scoundrels

Konfrontasi was an undeclared war. So no armies facing off against each other. The Indonesian forces basically engaged in sabotage. These acts of aggression were not the acts of open warfare but surreptitious sabotage. And in many cases including the MacDonald House bombing, the original orders for the two soldiers was to target military targets. However, the military targets were too well protected. The bank was a secondary "soft" civilian target. The objective was to foment terror. It was ultimately, an act of terrorism.

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KRI Usman Harun episode sets interesting posers for Indonesia-Singapore bilateral ties

Republic of Singapore Navy warships should politely decline any passage exercises with this vessel as joint training with her would be a flirtation with a hull that fetes saboteurs who drew civilian blood on our soil. Singapore’s warships should never come alongside that ship, be it for a heaving line transfer or courtesy call on her deck. Imagine the odd and unfortunate picture of RSN officers dining in the wardroom of that ship with portraits of their dead namesakes staring down on the assembled ranks.

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The Indonesian government should rein in its navy for its own sake

Four decades on, it comes as a puzzle why this issue is being given the opportunity to resurface, given that the Indonesian navy would not be short of worthy – and less controversial – historical figures to commemorate. It is possible that the navy, unlike the dominant army that has long enjoyed close ties with its Singapore counterpart, had less compunction about broaching this potentially sensitive issue. Unfortunately, given that it is an election year, the issue could gain traction domestically with Singapore being the usual target for politicians looking to burnish their nationalist credentials.

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ENDANGERING OUR NATION

Usman Hj Mohd Ali and Harun Said were obeying orders from their military commanders when they planted 25 lbs of explosive at MacDonald House in Orchard Road on March 10, 1965. During the Konfrontasi, there were 37 bombs exploded in Singapore. For their bravery and supreme sacrifice, president Soeharto honoured them with a state funeral at the Kalibata National Heroes Cemetery in South Jakarta. Ensconced in their ivory towers, the paper generals thought a sprinkle of flowers on the soldiers' graves would soothe old wounds. They thought a simple telephone call could change the Indonesians' resolve to name the navy frigate KRI Usman Harun. They never even considered a personal visit to talk things over.

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