Singapore. JB Jeyaretnam, 74-year-old secretary general
of the opposition Labor Party, was declared bankrupt by the
Supreme Court in May. Through the verdict, it became
impossible for Jeyaretnam to serve as the elected member of
Parliament. According to
COUNTRYAAH, the reason for the verdict was that Jeyaretnam
did not pay the damages he was sentenced three years earlier
when he was accused of slander by Prime Minister Goh Chok
Tong and other members of the ruling People's Action Party.
The case had been criticized by the International Law
Commission, which questioned whether Singapore's judiciary
In May, Singapore's defense minister agreed to allow the
Japanese military to use Singapore's military bases to
evacuate civilian Japanese or engaged in peacekeeping
operations in Southeast Asia.
In November, the foreign ministers met in the Southeast
Asian cooperation organization ASEAN in Singapore. The
countries decided to create a duty-free zone for all
information technology products by 2010. At the same time, a
regional fiber optic broadband network will be built to
facilitate trade via the Internet. According to the
government, there were already broadband connections to all
houses throughout Singapore.
In October, Singapore was elected a member of the UN
Security Council for the next two years.