Singapore Media Watch

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Regional news roundup - 29 October 2006

The Nation

Prince's office hits out at TongnoiEx-royal aide appointed by S'pore firm slammed as 'cunning, immoral'

The Personal Affairs Office of HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn yesterday issued a strongly worded statement distancing itself from MR Tongnoi Tongyai, who was earlier named by Temasek Holdings of Singapore as its Thailand adviser.

Last Tuesday, Temasek, which has been facing sharp criticism here over its Bt140-billion acquisition of Shin Corp, was reported to have approached Tongnoi, a former royal aide, to be the chief adviser of its planned Thai office.

However, the plan was dropped two days later. According to a statement issued by Jimmy Phoon, a senior managing director of the Singaporean state investment firm, the appointment of Tongnoi had already been withdrawn. (Read more...)


Singapore suspends human rights lawyer for a year

SINGAPORE, Oct 28 (Reuters) - Singapore has suspended a prominent opposition and human rights lawyer for a year on disciplinary grounds, according to court documents and media reports on Saturday.

M. Ravi, who has represented prominent opposition leader Chee Soon Juan of the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) on several occasions, and has defended two high-profile death penalty cases in the city-state, was suspended from practice for a year by the legal profession's top disciplinary body on Friday.

Ravi was suspended due to rude behaviour to a district judge in October, 2003, according to the local Straits Times newspaper. (Read more...)


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