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Singapore ranked at the bottom of corruption survey, that’s good.

Posted by jtsmyth8 on March 12, 2008

The Political and Economic Risk Consultancy (Perc) expects corruption to emerge as a hot-button issue in Asia this year as slowing growth, rising food prices and political campaigns feed a groundswell against graft.

But Singapore is unlikely to be tainted as expatriates surveyed by the Hong Kong-based group once again rank it the least corrupt economy in the region.

The annual survey also rated Hong Kong and Japan highly among 13 Asian economies.

The Philippines was deemed the most corrupt for the second consecutive year.

Thailand, China, Indonesia, India and Vietnam fared poorly too.

The 1,400 expatriates surveyed in January and February this year were asked to grade the extent that corruption detracts from the attractiveness of the business environment they work in.

Singapore scored with its ‘no-nonsense approach to corruption’, the report said. (story)

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Changi Airport handles a record 36.7 million passengers in 2007

Posted by jtsmyth8 on January 28, 2008

Singapore’s Changi Airport handled record passenger traffic of 36.7 million in 2007, up almost 5 percent from the previous year, the government said Monday. Last year’s passenger traffic broke the previous record of 35.03 million set in 2006 and was driven by strong growth in China and India, the airport operator, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, said.

Emerging markets like Vietnam, Russia and South Africa also contributed to last year’s record showing, it said. (story)

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Bird flu kills man in Vietnam

Posted by jtsmyth8 on January 23, 2008

Bird flu has killed a man in northern Vietnam, marking the country’s first human case this year, health officials said Wednesday.The 32-year-old man from Tuyen Quang province, about 80 kilometres northwest of Hanoi, died last week, two days after being admitted to the national tropical disease hospital in Hanoi, said To Doan Hong of the provincial Preventive Medicine Centre.

Test results later came back positive for the H5N1 strain of the virus, he said. It was the country’s 48th death reported since the virus began raging across Asia in late 2003. (story)

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CapitaLand to double investment in Vietnam

Posted by jtsmyth8 on December 4, 2007

Southeast Asia’s biggest property developer CapitaLand Ltd said Tuesday there is potential to double its residential pipeline in Vietnam from 2,800 homes currently to about 6,000 in the next three years. Apart from growing its residential business there, the company is also looking for opportunities in the office, retail, and integrated leisure, entertainment and conventions (ILEC) segments.

‘For offices, CapitaLand is looking to build Capital Tower equivalents as well as Raffles City developments in Vietnam, provided there are available sites of significant size,’ the company said in a statement. (story)

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Thailand arrest pedophile, Christopher Neil

Posted by jtsmyth8 on October 19, 2007

Canadian pedophile suspect Christopher Neil, focus of a global hunt that ended in rural Thailand on Friday, will be charged with molesting underage children after being tracked down through his boyfriend’s phone.Thai police appealed for more victims to come forward after they nabbed Neil at a rented house. Neil is also accused of raping young boys in Vietnam and Cambodia after being unmasked by nifty police computer work and hunted in a unique Internet appeal.

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