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. 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 was independent.
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.
- ABBREVIATIONFINDER: Offers three letter and two letter abbreviations for the country of Singapore. Also covers country profile such as geography, society and economy.
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.
According to COUNTRYAAH, the population of Singapore in 2000 was 4,028,760, ranking number 119 in the world. The population growth rate was 2.700% yearly, and the population density was 5755.5300 people per km2.