Li Shengwu, nephew of Singapore's PM in US: File photo/ Reuters
SINGAPORE: A Singapore court on Monday dismissed an appeal by the prime minister’s nephew regarding a contempt of court case that has stirred a bitter public feud among the city-state’s first family.
The attorney general’s office (AGC) began proceedings against Li Shengwu, an assistant professor at Harvard University, in 2017 over a Facebook post in which he said the Singapore government is “very litigious and has a pliant court system”.
Li’s appeal argued the AGC was wrong to serve him court documents outside Singapore. If upheld, it could have given Li’s legal team the chance to suspend the case against him.
Li’s Facebook post came amid a public feud among the children of the island’s founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, including the current prime minister.
Li’s father, Lee Hsien Yang, and his aunt have accused their older brother, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, of going against their father’s wish to have the family house demolished and trying to use it for political gains.
The prime minister has questioned whether his father wanted the home to be knocked down and he has recused himself from government discussions on the matter.
Singapore on Thursday defended nominating its street food for UN recognition as a bid to “safeguard” local culture after the move sparked a cross-border culinary clash with Malaysia.
Southeast Asia’s biggest lender DBS Group Holdings Ltd beat market estimates to post a record quarterly profit, as strong lending income offset weakness in wealth management, brokerage and investment banking fees. DBS, the first Singapore bank to kick off the sector’s results, posted an 8.5 per cent rise in first-quarter net profit from a year earlier,
American pop stars Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande were on an “offensive lyrics” list presented to members of parliament in socially-conservative Singapore as part of a statement by the city-state’s home minister on hate speech.
Hundreds of Sudanese demonstrated in state capitals on Thursday, putting pressure on the ruling military council to cede power to civilians in ongoing tumult since the overthrow of former president Omar Al Bashir more than two months ago.
The UAE and Jordan on Thursday started joint military drills in demonstration of the robust cooperation ties between the two countries.
The region’s much awaited edutainment family destination, Modhesh World, kicks off on Friday at 11am to offer families and kids endless fun with its themed zones including The Wheels, Arcadium, Little Adventure and Showtime Zones. The official opening of Modhesh World will be attended by the popular radio talk show presenter Kris Fade and his family.
Philippine Ambassador to the UAE Hjayceelyn Quintana on Wednesday evening said Manila will participate in the Expo 2020 Dubai and its pavilion will be reflective of who the Filipino is not only in these modern times but through the ages and beyond.