In a wide-ranging, 70-minute interview with local media at the Istana on Wednesday (Jan14), Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said the Government is changing. Mr Lee gave his take on the approach to governing a more educated and expressive Singapore society, the evolution of the political system, the Singaporean-foreigner divide, and the need to press on with efforts to restructure the economy.
Once the rising star of the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition’s largest party, the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim’s 16-year saga in and out of courts for sodomy charges has kept Malaysia on a political edge and shone the international spotlight on the country. His final appeal was dismissed today (Feb 10). Anwar now faces a five-year jail term, following his conviction for sodomising with his former aide. Here are some of the key events leading up to the appeal hearing: