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    Default Wise and strong leaders needed to avoid conflict - Second Defence Minister

    Published on Feb 10, 2014
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    Countries need wise and strong leaders who appreciate that there is more to gain through cooperation than conflict, said Second Defence Minister Chan Chun Sing. -- FILE PHOTO: ZAOBAO


    By Jermyn Chow


    COUNTRIES need wise and strong leaders who appreciate that there is more to gain through cooperation than conflict, said Second Defence Minister Chan Chun Sing.

    Speaking at the Asia-Pacific Security Conference on Monday, he said: "We also need courageous leaders who do not succumb to domestic pressures or nationalistic pursuits against the greater good of the region, including to right historical wrongs and perceived wrongs when the conditions are still premature."

    These leaders must not succumb to the notion that "might is right...The mark of a powerful country is not how it is able to use its might to get its way. The mark of a truly powerful country is how it is able to restrain itself and not have to use its might to get its way and yet convince others to come along its side."

    Mr Chan's comments come amid a diplomatic row between Singapore and Indonesia, following Jakarta's recent decision to name a navy ship after two Indonesian marines who bombed the MacDonald House here in 1965 that left three people dead and 33 hurt.

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    Default Tang wins big in New Zealand

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    Against a reputed international field, Singapore teenager emerges tops to win motor racing title


    By IAN DE COTTA
    Published: 10 February, 4:06 AM


    SINGAPORE — Andrew Tang flew the Singapore flag high in Feilding, New Zealand, yesterday when he beat an international field of 22 other drivers to land the prestigious Toyota Racing Series (TRS).

    Entering the fifth and final round of the series at the 59th New Zealand Grand Prix with a narrow seven-point lead, the 19-year-old’s third-place finish was enough to rake in the points to win the title in a five-way fight.

    The Neale Motorsport driver’s feat, in a car decked with Team Singapore colours, broke the 10-year stranglehold Kiwis had on the TRS since it was launched in 2005. His total of 791 points from of 15 races was 11 more than his nearest rival, Britain’s Jann Mardenborough, who finished second in the 35-lap race behind New Zealand’s Nick Cassidy.

    The TRS pits some of the best young international drivers gearing up for motor racing’s top leagues and Tang’s title is the highest achieved by a Singapore driver in any competition.

    He has come some way after receiving a challenge from Ron Dennis three years ago to measure up, just before the McLaren team principal placed the teenager in the team’s Young Driver Development Programme in July 2012.

    But although he has made steady progress since then, especially after switching to open wheel from kart last year, the TRS title was never on his radar. He finished 15th out of 23 drivers last year, five spots behind 2013 Rookie of the Year Mardenborough, and was only targeting a top-five finish this time.

    Speaking to TODAY from Feilding, Tang said: “I didn’t think it was possible because the field was very competitive and they have much more experience.

    “But when I won the second race in the first round, it lifted my confidence and Andy (team principal Andrew Neale) kept encouraging me to keep my focus, saying I could do it.”

    Neale’s guidance was the fuel that drove Tang to two more wins, nine podiums, five fastest laps and one pole along the way.

    But the TRS chequered flag only came into view on Saturday, when the Singaporean won the Dan Higgins Memorial Trophy, the first of the final three races that culminated in yesterday’s New Zealand Grand Prix. That final race, won previously by F1 luminaries like Stirling Moss and world champions Jack Brabham, Jackie Stewart and Graham Hill, eluded him but it did not dampen the mood in the team.
    A jubilant Neale, who had worked at former F1 outfit BAR Racing and only set up Neale Motorsport last year, said Tang’s talent is coming together.

    “Andrew works hard and has learnt a lot in terms of working with engineers and the car, and needs to keep up the momentum with high-level racing,” said the Kiwi, who also worked with Tang in European competitions last year.

    “It has been an amazing debut in the TRS for us because it is a competitive series with a lot of drivers aiming to get into F1. If Andrew continues to work hard and keep learning new cars, he’ll get there.”

    But racing in the TRS almost did not happen for Tang, let alone winning it. He was due to start National Service in the Singapore Police Force on Feb 4, and a decision was reached to enter him for only four rounds before returning for enlistment.

    When it became evident Tang was on the threshold of securing the title, his parents made a last-minute request to allow him to race in the final round, which was granted by the SPF. He will be now be given a new enlistment date when he returns tomorrow.

    Singapore Sports Council chief executive Lim Teck Yin paid tribute and said Tang has endured sacrifices that are now beginning to bear fruit.

    The sports authorities are also helping the teenager with his development and Lim said:

    “He worked very hard and has done Singapore proud. He is determined and has great potential and we will sit down with him when he returns and look at the plans that have been mapped out for his future.”

    Final standings (top 5):

    1. Andrew Tang (Singapore) 791 points
    2. Jann Mardenborough (Britain) 780 points
    3. Damon Leitch (New Zealand) 708 points
    4. Steijn Schothorst (Holland) 632 points
    5. Martin Rump (Estonia) 623 points
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    Default Myanmar's Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services calls on Dr Ng Eng Hen

    Published on Feb 10, 2014
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    By Lee Jian Xuan


    Myanmar's Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services and Commander-in-Chief (Army) Vice-Senior General Soe Win called on Singapore Defence Minister Dr Ng Eng Hen on Monday afternoon.

    Vice-Senior General Soe, who is in Singapore from Feb 9 to 12 for his introductory visit, also called on Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant-General Ng Chee Meng and Chief of Army Major-General Ravinder Singh, after inspecting the Guard of Honour.

    He will also visit the Singapore Airshow on Tuesday.

    The Defence Ministry said in a media statement: "Vice-Senior General Soe Win's visit underscores the warm bilateral defence relations between Singapore and Myanmar. In addition to high-level exchange of visits, the two defence establishments also interact at multilateral forums such as Shangri-La Dialogue, the ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting (ADMM) and the ADMM-Plus."

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    Default Myanmar's Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services calls on Dr Ng Eng Hen

    Published on Feb 10, 2014
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    Some pictures of the visit:



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    Myanmar Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services and Commander-in-Chief Vice-Senior General Soe Win (left) calling on Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen (right) at the Ministry of Defence, on Feb 10, 2014. -- PHOTO: MINDEF



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    Default Indian national involved in Little India riot given 15 weeks jail, first to be senten

    Published on Feb 10, 2014
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    Police officers examining the wrecked private bus at the aftermath of the Little India riot in the early hours on Dec 9, 2013. A 32-year-old Indian national was sentenced to 15 weeks in jail on Monday for his role in last December's Little India riot - the first among 25 accused to be dealt with. -- ST FILE PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN


    By Hoe Pei Shan


    A 32-year-old Indian national was sentenced to 15 weeks in jail on Monday for his role in last December's Little India riot - the first among 25 accused to be dealt with.

    Chinnappa Vijayaragunatha Poopathi, who was originally accused of rioting, pleaded guilty last Friday to an amended charge of continuing to be in an assembly after it had been ordered to disperse under Section 151 of the Penal Code.

    Deputy chief district judge S. Jennifer Marie ordered Chinnappa's imprisonment to take effect from his arrest date on Dec 8.

    He could have faced up to two years in jail and/or a fine, as opposed to up to seven years in jail and caning for rioting.

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    Default Sovereignty vital for small nations such as Singapore

    We must reinforce the sense of Singaporean identity, by highlighting our Housing and Development Board heartlands and taking pride in local food and culture. Photo: Bloomberg

    By Tan Wu Meng and Soon Sze-Meng

    Published: 10 February, 4:06 AM


    In the collective histories of nations and communities, there are days of death which live on in infamy.

    America has 9/11.
    Spain has the Madrid train bombings of March 11, 2004.
    In London, the July 7, 2005 attacks on public transport.

    Indonesia has seen its share: Bali in 2002, as well as the 2003 Jakarta Marriott Hotel and 2004 Australian Embassy bombings.

    In all of these, innocent civilians were killed.

    In Singapore, we remember March 10, 1965, when two Indonesian marines detonated a bomb at MacDonald House that killed three Singapore civilians and injured 35.

    Hence, it is troubling and saddening that the navy of Indonesia, a country with which Singapore has had many years of good bilateral relations, chose to name a ship after the two marines who carried out the attack.

    Perhaps it was a younger generation of Indonesian officers, who did not quite realise the implications of such naming. In any case, Singapore has exercised our sovereign right to protest, calmly and confidently.

    NO SMALL MATTER

    History reminds us that sovereignty is no small matter for smaller nations. Back in 416 BC, Athens attacked the island of Melos. As Thucydides put it: “Right, as the world goes, is only in question between equals in power, while the strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must.”

    In modern times, small wealthy Kuwait was invaded by Iraq in 1990. In the late 2000s, Ukraine faced energy security vulnerabilities.

    Sovereignty is no mere academic concept. It is a matter of life and death for a nation and its people. Eloquent advocacy at international tribunals may decide restitution for the survivors of conflict, but sovereignty determines whether rightful possession is preserved in the first place, and whether a people have the chance to govern themselves and shape their own destiny.

    A country can thrive only if it has relevance to others and the strength to defend itself. Singapore’s sovereignty is anchored by a cohesive society, economic progress and our military strength.

    Economic growth is not an end in and of itself. It allows the redistribution of wealth through social spending, while investing in public infrastructure and defence hardware and manpower.

    Military strength, in turn, is supported by investment, to equip and train our national servicemen and regulars. No matter how cordial our neighbourly relations today, a strong defence is insurance against unexpected changes in the geopolitical climate.

    A cohesive society ensures that every able citizen is ready and willing to defend their fellow Singaporeans — instead of making a beeline to Changi Airport at the first sign of serious trouble.

    The collective steel of social cohesion can be the X-factor in a conflict. During the Nazis’ strategic bombing Blitz against Britain during World War II, stoic British cohesion helped the island nation hold out against challenging odds.


    REINFORCE BONDS UNDER TENSION


    But three sustained trends are diluting our social cohesion.


    Wealth inequality has increased social distance between successful and less-well-off Singaporeans. Growth in non-resident labour and immigration has strained national identity; there is a difference in culture between the new immigrant and the grandchild of pre-1965 immigrants.

    Our ageing population challenges existing business models and current notions of labour policy. Increased spending on healthcare and social support is needful and the right thing to do, but social cohesion will be tested as more of a youthful workforce’s tax dollars are redistributed to their seniors.

    To preserve our social cohesion, we must share the benefits of progress with all Singaporeans. MediShield Life and the Pioneer Generation Package will come with fiscal costs. Yet, for more Singaporeans to accept redistribution, there must, in turn, be a willingness to share — to accept higher premiums or personal contributions so that others will not fall behind.

    This tension must be addressed, to create a virtuous circle rather than a vicious cycle.

    There are three areas where social cohesion can be strengthened, to ensure willing redistribution as part of a fair and just society.


    First, we must reinforce the sense of Singaporean identity.

    We can highlight our Housing and Development Board heartlands and take pride in local food and culture. We should continue recognising local heroes from different fields: The men and women who braved Everest’s peak; the gutsy soldier who lost his legs but stands taller than us in courage; the nurses who faced airborne death daily during the SARS crisis.

    What binds a nation is not bricks and mortar, but a sense of community arising from extended relationships and trust.


    EXPAND OUR COMMON SPACES

    Second, we must protect and build more common spaces so that Singaporeans of all backgrounds can come together — hawker centres, parks without admission fees and attractions at low cost.

    Values and social cohesion are nurtured from childhood
    . Even while we provide each child with tailored education to maximise his potential, we must help students with differing gifts mix together as peers, so younger Singaporeans do not judge a person’s worth by school stream or academic certificate.

    While every school can and must be a good school, there is a special responsibility for independent schools to ensure access for students of all backgrounds. If a fundraising machinery can marshal resources to construct a swimming pool, it can also support bursaries such that no deserving student is afraid to apply, for fear that he might not win a scholarship or not fit in.

    Third, we must ensure that the rule of law applies to all and continues to be seen to be applied to all. Legal Aid and other measures must maintain access to legal assistance and support, for equal justice operates not only at adjudication, but also at the point of entry to the justice system.

    Singapore celebrates Total Defence Day on Feb 15. It is a little more than a year before our 50th anniversary as an independent nation. Social cohesion, economic progress and military strength undergird our existence as a sovereign state. All three must be in synergy.


    ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

    Tan Wu Meng is a medical doctor working in a public sector hospital. Soon Sze Meng is a Senior Director in a multinational corporation. Both are Singaporeans.
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    Default $1 million boost for Chinese opera

    R&D grant aims to raise standards, promote art form in Singapore



    Published on Feb 11, 2014
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    Peking opera artistes Phan Wait Hong (above), 102, and Hor Chim Or, 95, will receive the Chinese Opera Institute's first Prestige Awards, as two of Singapore's oldest practitioners in Chinese opera. -- PHOTOS: BT FILE, CHINESE OPERA INSTITUTE



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    Peking opera artistes Phan Wait Hong, 102, and Hor Chim Or (above), 95, will receive the Chinese Opera Institute's first Prestige Awards, as two of Singapore's oldest practitioners in Chinese opera. -- PHOTOS: BT FILE, CHINESE OPERA INSTITUTE



    By Leong Weng Kam Senior Writer

    A million-dollar research and development fund is being set up by the Chinese Opera Institute (COI) to raise standards and promote the traditional performing art form in Singapore.

    The Chinese Opera Research and Development Grant, as it is called, will be open to opera troupes here as well as individuals involved in the art, including performers, directors, scriptwriters and researchers.

    "We want to give the performing art a boost with financial support before the young of today lose interest in this traditional performing art form completely," said COI chairman Lim Fang Hua, 66, yesterday.

    Singapore has nearly 70 amateur Chinese opera troupes, which represent seven genres and perform in Chinese dialects such as Cantonese, Teochew, Hokkien and Hainanese. Many troupes need help to upgrade, modernise and renew themselves.


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    GLAD TO BE RECOGNISED

    At my age, I am happy that I can still sing and perform and that the young is recognising me with the award.
    - Mr Hor Chim Or, 95

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    Default Pioneers' health-care package 'has right focus': Experts

    Benefits plug gap arising from lack of medical insurance, savings: Experts



    Published on Feb 11, 2014
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    Mrs Mary Chew says the package is a privilege and a surprise, and something good to fall back on. Her husband Philip says that the package will help him pay for MediShield premiums for a longer period. -- ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN



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    For Mr John Morrice, the package means medical benefits for his wife will continue after his death. -- ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN



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    Mrs Jayamani Chandrashagaran feels that the Government should help only those in need. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI



    By Tham Yuen-C And Charissa Yong

    When Singapore's pioneer generation started working, there was no Medisave, no MediShield and no Medifund. Salaries were low and people had to retire at an earlier age.

    As a result, they may not have saved enough to pay for their medical care.

    Given these circumstances, the health-care benefits provided by the Pioneer Generation Package give them what they need most, said health-care and ageing experts as well as MPs yesterday.

    Said Dr Ng Wai Chong, medical director of the Hua Mei Centre for Successful Ageing: "In that era, not everybody had the good fortune of getting an education.

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    Default Black and whites at old Seletar airbase to get new lease of life

    Published on Feb 11, 2014
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    The 32 colonial bungalows will also be gazetted for conservation. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO





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    View of the disused swimming pool at one of the old black and white bungalows located at Park Lane inside Seletar Aerospace Park. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO









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    Colonial bungalows at the former Seletar airbase, which have been vacant in recent years, and two former military buildings at The Oval and Park Lane be gazetted by the Urban Redevelopment Authority for conservation. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO



    By Karamjit Kaur, Aviation Correspondent


    The black and white bungalows at the former Seletar airbase were built to house officers from Britain's Royal Air Force before the outbreak of World War II.


    Now they could house offices, schools, restaurants, spas and sports facilities under plans being drawn up by the Government, The Straits Times has learnt.


    All 32 bungalows, which have been vacant in recent years, and two former military buildings at The Oval and Park Lane will also be gazetted by the Urban Redevelopment Authority for conservation.



    Despite the planned makeover, JTC Corporation is intending to maintain the colonial charm of the structures. "This will add vibrancy to the area and the ambience will also be preserved with the decision to zone it as a heritage site," said JTC's aerospace director Leow Thiam Seng.

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    Default NUS researchers invent cancer-screening tool; trials conducted on more than 500 patie

    Published on Feb 10, 2014
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    Professor Ho Khek Yu (left), head of Department of Medicine in NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, and Associate Professor Huang Zhiwei, from the Department of Biomedical Engineering in NUS Faculty of Engineering, demonstrate the detection of a malignant tumour in the stomach, on Feb 10, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM


    By Linette Lai

    Researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) have invented a screening tool to make cancer diagnosis less subjective.

    Once inserted into a patient's body, the tool is able to immediately recognise whether a particular patch of tissue it is touching might be cancerous without the need for a biopsy.

    As such, the tool can be used to alert patients even before cancer cells start to emerge in them.

    The tool is currently being used in clinical trials, and has been tested on more than 500 patients so far. Although it focuses more on diagnosing gastrointestinal cancers, it has also been tested on cervical cancer, for instance. Plans are underway for commercialisation of the technology in less than five years.

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    Default Singapore, Malaysia to strengthen bilateral defence relations

    Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen (third from right) had a meeting with and hosted Malaysian Defence Minister Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Hussein (fourth from right) to dinner this evening. Photo: MINDEF


    Published: 10 February, 10:12 PM


    SINGAPORE — Singapore and Malaysia have reaffirmed the longstanding defence relationship between the two countries and agreed to strengthen bilateral defence cooperation.

    Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen and Malaysian Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein held discussions this evening (Feb 10) at a dinner hosted by Dr Ng.

    Mr Hishammuddin is in Singapore from today to Thursday, and will visit the Singapore Airshow 2014 tomorrow.

    During his visit, Mr Hishammuddin will call on Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, and meet with Deputy Prime Minister, Coordinating Minister for National Security and Minister for Home Affairs Teo Chee Hean, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Law K Shanmugam and Minister for Transport Lui Tuck Yew.

    MINDEF said Mr Hishammuddin’s visit underscores the warm defence and bilateral ties between Singapore and Malaysia.

    The Singapore Armed Forces and the MAF share a long history of cooperation, and interact regularly through bilateral exercises such as the Land Exercise Semangat Bersatu and the Naval Exercise Malapura.
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    Default SIA, Airbus may tie up for pilot training programme

    Collaboration said to be in response to soaring regional demand for pilots



    Published on Feb 12, 2014
    8:21 AM


    Singapore Airlines (SIA) is likely to offer pilot training to other carriers in collaboration with European planemaker Airbus. -- ST FILE PHOTO: MUGILAN RAJASEGERAN



    By Karamjit Kaur Aviation Correspondent

    Singapore Airlines (SIA) is likely to offer pilot training to other carriers in collaboration with European planemaker Airbus.

    The Straits Times understands that the two have plans to enter into a partnership to tap soaring demand for pilots, especially in Asia. This could involve setting up a joint-venture firm, industry players said.

    When asked if there were plans to offer third-party pilot training in a tie-up with Airbus, SIA spokesman Nicholas Ionides said: "We are planning an announcement tomorrow, details of which will be revealed in the morning."

    SIA's flight school, the Singapore Flying College, currently trains pilots from the group and also accepts individuals paying their own way.

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    Default Singapore "much like Seoul": Korean pilot performing at Singapore Airshow

    Published on Feb 11, 2014
    8:45 PM


    By Lee Jian Xuan

    Despite not being used to the weather here, Captain Lee Sang-Wook of the Korean Air Force's Black Eagles aerobatics squad still finds Singapore a "beautiful city".

    The 32-year-old Seoul native, who spoke to The Straits Times last Thursday, said he found the heat "a little difficult to deal with" after arriving from wintry Korea, where temperatures are currently at sub-zero.

    That aside, he added, through a translator: "Singapore is a very beautiful city and country, much like Seoul. I feel at home here."

    The eight pilots from the team are closely monitoring the temperature and humidity here, to ensure that weather conditions do not affect their performance when they take to the skies this week in a 20-minute aerial stunt, he said.




    The Black Eagles aerobatic team of South Korean Air Force (ROKAF) perform with their T-50 aircraft during the Singapore Airshow in Singapore on Feb 11, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS



    Youngest RSAF Black Knight maintains calm to cope with pre-show excitement



    Published on Feb 11, 2014
    8:41 PM


    By Lee Jian Xuan


    As the date of the Singapore Airshow draws near, Captain Devdutt Sasidharan of the RSAF's Black Knights is striving to maintain his cool as the pre-show excitement builds up.

    "I try to treat every flight as a training flight, to not have the pressure of performing in front of an audience. When I step into the cockpit, I try to be calm and focus on the task at hand," said Captain Sasidharan, who at 28 is the youngest of the six Black Knight pilots performing this year. He is flying the role of right wingman on the squad.

    Flying with more experienced pilots has also pushed him to up his game, he said.
    "Being the youngest, I don't have that many flying hours compared to them, so I have to match up to their standards."



    Republic of Singapore Airforce aerobatic team Black Knights flies in formation during the start of Singapore Airshow on February 11, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: ROSLAN RAHMA












    Proud to be involved in Singapore Airshow for the first time: Indonesian pilot



    Published on Feb 11, 2014
    8:40 PM

    By Lee Jian Xuan


    Flying to Singapore is nothing new for Indonesian Jupiter pilot Captain Apri Arfianto, who has trained here six times, but the 32-year-old will be participating in the Singapore Airshow for the first time.


    This week's airshow will be the Indonesian Jupiters' third international appearance - they have performed in Brunei and Malaysia previously.

    "I'm very proud to take part in such a big Asian airshow... it's been my most challenging experience so far," said Captain Apri, who flies as the left wingman in his six-man squad.

    To stay in tip-top physical condition, he makes sure that he has enough rest and goes for a brisk jog for about 15 to 20 minutes daily.




    The Indonesian Jupiter Aerobatic Team performs at the Singapore Airshow 2014 on Feb 11. -- ST PHOTO: MUGILAN RAJASEGERAN






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    Default SIA, Airbus to set up flight training centre in Singapore

    The Airbus A350-900 flies in the aerial display on the first day of the Singapore Air Show 2014. Photo: AP



    S$80 million to be spent on joint-venture which will have flight simulators for aircraft like the A320, A350 and A380



    Published: 12 February, 12:04 PM


    SINGAPORE — Singapore Airlines and Airbus will set up a joint-venture flight training centre in Singapore that is scheduled to start operations towards the end of this year.

    The planned Airbus Asia Training Centre (AATC) will be 55 per cent owned by Airbus and 45 per cent owned by SIA.

    The two parties will contribute an initial S$80 million to set up the training centre, which will be equipped with flight simulators for aircraft such as the Airbus A320, A350 and A380.

    AATC will initially operate from the SIA Training Centre near Changi Airport before moving to Seletar Aerospace Park when a dedicated facility is completed.

    Airbus’ other training centres are located in Beijing, Miami and Toulouse.


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    Default Indonesian exhibitors at Airshow stress politics, business do not mix

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    Published: 12 February, 4:03 AM


    SINGAPORE — Business and politics do not mix — that was the message from Indonesian exhibitors TODAY spoke to yesterday at the Singapore Airshow.

    The lead-up to the airshow, which opened yesterday, was overshadowed by a spat between Singapore and Indonesia over the latter’s decision to name a warship after two marines who were convicted and hanged for bombing the MacDonald House in Orchard Road in 1965.

    The Republic had cancelled invitations to the airshow for the Indonesian Navy chief and his delegation of junior armed forces officials.

    But, despite initial doubts over its participation, the Indonesian aerobatic team, TNI-AU Jupiter Team, took to the sky yesterday for a 15-minute display.

    And, among more than 1,000 exhibitors from 47 countries participating in the airshow, three were from Indonesia: Indonesia’s national airline Garuda, aircraft maker Indonesian Aerospace and private jet firm Premiair.

    The companies reiterated that, as businesses, their presence at the airshow was not affected by the diplomatic spat between Singapore and Indonesia. Garuda Indonesia Vice-President of Corporate Communications Pujobroto said: “The aviation industry is very developed and focused and, as we are a business entity, we are fully focused on the business.”

    Indonesian Aerospace Director Budi Santoso stressed that politics should have no bearing on the international event. “The Singapore Airshow is not only for Singapore, it is for the South-east Asia territory. Unfortunately for us, there is some tension between Singapore and Indonesia but this is business, it’s not political,” he said.

    Among the commercial agreements signed yesterday was a memorandum of understanding between Garuda and Singapore-based investment company Gallant Venture to develop Bintan Island into a tourism and aviation hub.

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    Published: 11 February, 8:30 PM

    SINGAPORE — The fourth edition Singapore Airshow 2014, Asia’s largest and one of the most important aerospace and defence exhibitions in the world, kicked off on Tuesday at the Changi Exhibition Centre.

    Singapore’s Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen and Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew launched the week-long event.

    Already, firms like Turkish Airlines have announced a US$560 million (S$710 million) deal to outfit engines to 25 of its new aircraft.

    Today (Feb 11) , VietJetAir placed a firm order for 63 Airbus A320 jets with a list price of US$6.4 billion in a massive expansion drive by the privately-owned budget carrier founded only in 2011.

    The deal, signed on the opening day of the Singapore Airshow, also covers rights to acquire or lease additional A320s potentially boosting VietJetAir’s current fleet of 11 A320s tenfold.

    The low-cost carrier currently has a fleet of 11 leased A320s plying domestic routes, as well as services to Bangkok, Seoul and Kunming in China.

    Myanmar’s national carrier also signed a contract with US firm GE Capital to lease 10 Boeing aircraft worth nearly a billion dollars in a major makeover for the largely domestic airline.

    Organisers said they do not expect total deals to hit the US$200 billion mark seen at the Dubai Airshow. But they are hoping that this year’s total deal can reach up to 70 to 80 per cent of the US$31 billion seen at the previous Singapore Airshow.

    The airshow will see the largest number of exhibiting companies, 1,000 companies from 47 countries, including more than 60 of the world’s top 100 aerospace companies.

    Mr Jimmy Lau, Managing Director of Experia Events, the organiser of the airshow, said the airshow is set to be “our biggest yet and promises exhibitors, delegates and visitors an excellent experience.”

    The airshow features 22 country/group pavilions, including new pavilions from Hong Kong and Malaysia, he told a media briefing.

    The airshow will also see increased participation from Japan. Besides the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO), the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Chubu region will also set up pavilions, featuring aerospace companies from their regions.

    New exhibitors at the airshow include Alpha Star Aviation Services from Saudi Arabia, Aero AT (Jiang Su) Aviation Technology from China, ExecuJet Aviation Group from Switzerland and Jetcraft from the United Kingdom.

    Visitors can also look forward to a world-class flying display, with a record number of flying display participants in the history of airshows in Singapore. The flying display includes performances by three aerobatic teams from Singapore, South Korea and Indonesia, with the key highlight being the Airbus A350XWB, which marks its first full display at an international airshow.

    There will also be solo aerobatics performances by the Royal Australian Air Force, the United States Air Force and the Yak-130.

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    Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014


    SINGAPORE has been conferred an observer status at the Pacific Alliance, a Latin American trade bloc comprising Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) said on Wednesday.






    As a reflection of the growing trade and economic ties between Singapore and 4 Latin American countries along the Pacific, Singapore has been conferred an Observer status at the Pacific Alliance. This decision was made by the Pacific Alliance's founding members - Chile, Colombia, Peru and Mexico, at a recent meeting on 10 February 2014 in Cartagena, Colombia.

    Mr Lim Hng Kiang, Minister for Trade and Industry said: "We are pleased to participate in the development of the Pacific Alliance as an Observer. Singapore shares the Alliance's commitment to free trade and economic integration. Singapore's participation will strengthen the existing ties between Singapore and the member countries of the Pacific Alliance, and helps to connect Latin America and Southeast Asia."

    The Pacific Alliance aims to establish the free movement of goods, services and people. It represents a combined market of 210 million, GDP of US$ 2.9 trillion and a foreign trade volume of US$ 1 trillion. This makes it the 9th largest economy in the world, representing 36 per cent of Latin America's total GDP for 2012. For more information about the Pacific Alliance, please refer to www.alianzapacifico.net/en/

    Singapore has a number of agreements, concluded or already in force, with members of the Pacific Alliance, such as Investment Guarantee Agreements, Avoidance of Double Taxation Agreements, Free Trade Agreements and Air Services Agreements. Singaporean companies have been increasingly active in the Pacific Alliance countries, particularly in the urban planning, education, commodities, and food and beverage sectors. Singapore's observer status offers a platform to foster greater collaboration with the Pacific Alliance countries.

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