Archive for September, 2008

Dow Jones to appeal the FEER defamation ruling.  But are the Lees foolhardy enough to attempt to collect in Hong Kong?  FT: Dow Jones is expected to appeal a defamation ruling by a Singapore supreme court judge against the Far Eastern Economic Review that was brought by two of the city-state’s top officials, potentially setting […]

Lee Kuan Yew is interviewed “recently” by Xinhua.  Could this be from back in August, when Lee visited Beijing for the Olympics?  The Chinese Pravda makes even the Straits Times seem restrained: SINGAPORE, Sept. 25 (Xinhua) — Singapore’s Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew has praised China for the remarkable achievements over the past three decades, […]

Lee at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, with a veiled argument for trading with Asian countries regardless of how their regimes treat their people.  Straits Times: Second, adjust the ‘values-based’ approach to foreign relations. ‘The pursuit of ostensibly ‘moral’ policies towards certain countries in Asia… has become an impediment to substantive engagement,’ […]

To nobody’s surprise, Lee Kuan Yew and Lee Hsien Loong have won their defamation suit against the Far Eastern Economic Review.  Straits Times: THE High Court has ruled that the publisher and editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review (Feer) defamed Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in a July […]

From AsiaOne: Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew will be visiting the United Kingdom from 21 to 24 September 2007 and France from 24 to 26 September 2008. He has been invited by the Institute of International and Strategic Studies (IISS) in London to deliver a special lecture and inaugurate the Lee Kuan Yew Conference Room […]

Lee Kuan Yew is scheduled to appear on CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS on Sunday Sep. 19th at 12 noon GMT, 8 PM Singapore (on Starhub cable). GPS features ex-PM of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew, House Financial Services Cmte Chair Barney Frank (D-MA), author Niall Ferguson, RiverTwice Research pres. Zachary Karabell, Financial Times’ Martin Wolf and […]

Lee Kuan Yew discharged from hospital.  Straits Times: MINISTER Mentor Lee Kuan Yew was on Sunday discharged from the Singapore General Hospital after being successfully treated for an abnormal heart rhythm. Mr Lee, who had two operations in 1996 to clear a blocked heart artery, is known to exercise regularly. In an email interview with […]

Lee Kuan Yew shows that his well-publicized threat to come back from the grave to keep things running may not be exaggerated.  Straits Times: ‘Unlike Kim Jong Il who says he is well but has not appeared, I thought I’d better say hello to you and to your guests and apologise for not being able […]

Lee admitted to SGH for atrial flutter.  Reuters: SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Lee Kuan Yew, 84-year-old founder of modern Singapore, has undergone successful treatment for an abnormal heart rhythm at a local hospital, his press secretary said on Saturday. “He is still in the hospital,” Yeong Yoon Ying told Reuters, adding that he would remain under […]

LEEWATCH described this Wall Street Journal Asia editorial as “tiptoeing around defamation”, so the Attorney-General has decided to prosecute the WSJ for contempt of court instead.  This is similar to the Gopalan Nair case, where a blogger was arrested for “insulting a public servant”, not defamation. The Asia Sentinel has one of the few articles […]