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Singapore Voted Cleanest Asian Economy
|Singapore has received the thumbs-up from expatriate businessmen in the region as the cleanest Asian economy, says Channel Newsasia. In a latest survey by the Political and Economic Risk Consultancy (PERC), both Singapore and Hong Kong retained their top spots of first and second, respectively. Over 1,400 expatriates were asked to rank 13 Asian economies between January and February this year.|
The 13 economies were China, Japan, Macau, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan, India, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines. The survey had excluded countries notorious for corruption, such as Myanmar and Bangladesh. Poll results showed that Philippines had the worst score out of the 13 economies. It was cited as an example where its government lacked the political will to tackle the problem, despite huge economic progress. Thailand was ranked 12th after Indonesia, which had made improvements under President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. But the report said the perception of a corrupt bureaucracy remained strong among businessmen. Malaysia retained its sixth ranking, but achieved a worse score compared to last year's survey. Scoring System
- On a scale of zero to ten, zero being the best possible score.
- Last year's scores are in brackets.
1. Singapore 1.13 (1.20)
2. Hong Kong 1.80 (1.87)
3. Japan 2.25 (2.10)
4. Macau 3.30 (5.18)
5. South Korea 5.65 (6.30)
6. Malaysia 6.37 (6.25)
7. Taiwan 6.55 (6.23)
8. India 7.25 (6.67)
9. Vietnam 7.75 (7.54)
10. China 7.98 (6.29)
11. Indonesia 7.98 (8.03)
12. Thailand 8.00 (8.03)
13. Philippines 9.00 (9.40)
Sg's Today newspaper on the 2008 Gen. Election
|The following frontpage and articles are from Singapore's free Today newspaper. They carry more bite and less BN-positive spin doctoring compared to the sore-loser drivel from our local papers. |
|Malaysia's Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi appears to have been returned to power in general elections, but there have been major swings against his ruling coalition.|
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Election setback for Malaysia PM
|Saturday, 8 March 2008 BBC|
The ruling coalition in Malaysia has suffered its worst election result in decades by winning only a simple majority, say election officials.
Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's National Front coalition lost its two thirds parliamentary majority and control of five state assemblies. Analysts blame ethnic tensions, crime, and inflation for a drop in popularity. Opposition figure Anwar Ibrahim hailed the result as a message that it was time for change in Malaysia. The ruling coalition won 137 out of 219 seats, with three results still to come in, the Election Commission said. Mr Ibrahim's Justice Party has 31 seats out of the opposition's 82 so far, according to the commission's website. Mr Badawi, in office since 2003, said he would meet the constitutional monarch on Monday and ask to form a new government. He dismissed suggestions that he would now face pressure from party members to step down. His son-in law, Khairy Jamaluddin, told reporters: "We suffered a lot of losses tonight. But we are going to fight on. We are not going to quit. It is not the end of the world and we are going to get through this."
'Time for change'
The BBC's Robin Brant says no one expected the opposition to do so well across the board. This is a defining moment, unprecedented in our nation's history
It is clear, he adds, that people wanted change and Chinese and Indian ethnic minority voters deserted the National Front, in power for 50 years. Before the elections only one state was under opposition control, Kelantan. The Election Commission confirmed opposition wins in Kelantan as well as Selangor, Perak, Kedah and Penang. Former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, who leads the opposition Justice Party, said the people of Malaysia had spoken. "Today at the ballot box, you listened to your heart with a lot of conviction that the time for change has arrived..." he said. "This is a defining moment, unprecedented in our nation's history. Today a new chapter has opened."
Anwar Ibrahim has accused the government of widespread vote-rigging. Voters are concerned about price rises and ethnic tensions. Our correspondent says there are many people who have as many suspicions about Mr Ibrahim as about the National Front's leaders. But, he adds, the claim that Malaysia has free and fair elections is not a just one. Ethnic minorities make up more than a third of the population. Many complain that government policy has denied them fair access to jobs, education, and housing. Growing tensions between minority communities and the Malay majority have dominated the election campaign and the government has appealed for calm.
The last time the National Front suffered a big setback, in 1969, it resulted in race riots, dozens of deaths and a state of emergency. Our correspondent says there is not any sign of that sort of violence being repeated, but there is a fear of tension and anger and the next couple of days could be crucial.
Some violence linked to the election was reported in the east of the country on Saturday. Police in Terennganu State said they had fired tear gas to disperse a crowd of several hundred people protesting at what they saw as vote-rigging.
Supporters of the opposition PAS stopped buses they suspected of carrying National Front coalition supporters pretending to be voters from the district, said local police chief Ayob Yaacob. He said that 22 people had been arrested and the rest of the crowd ran away.