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Lim Kay Tong on playing Lee Kuan Yew in ‘1965’: My initial reaction was ‘No way!’

Veteran actor Lim Kay Tong (right), 60, will be playing the role of former Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew (left, pictured in a 2012 AFP file photo) in the upcoming film '1965'. (Photos: AFP file, Yahoo)

When veteran film, television and theatre actor Lim Kay Tong was approached to take on the role of former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, he rejected it outright.
“I told Daniel (Yun, veteran film producer who pitched the role to him), look, I can’t do it,” he told reporters in an interview after a press briefing on Wednesday when the cast for upcoming feature-length historical drama “1965” was revealed.

Throwing in the towel: Around 17,000 local firms folded in 2013, reveals MTI

Some might have failed due to manpower curbs.

There were around 17,000 local companies which ceases operations last year, the Ministry of Trade and Industry revealed in a written reply to a parliamentary question today.

Minister of Trade and Industry Lim Hng Kiang responded to the question by stating that there is no data on how many of these firms had done so because of curbs on foreign manpower, and that about 37,000 companies were formed in Singapore last year.

Singapore-listed small and mid-cap companies band together to have voice heard


Small and mid-cap companies listed on the Singapore Exchange (SGX) have formed an association to improve the local capital market.

The Small and Middle Capitalisation Companies Association (SMCCA) launched on Wednesday afternoon with an initial 22 SGX-listed companies as members. It is the first group to represent some listed companies in the city-state.

Snowden and the Pope tipped for 'wide open' Nobel peace prize

The race for the Nobel peace prize, to be announced Friday, has rarely been as open or unpredictable, experts say, with Pope Francis and Edward Snowden tipped as possible winners.

Snowden, the former intelligence analyst who revealed the extend of US global eavesdropping, was one of the joint winners of the "alternative Nobel peace prize" last month. A hero to some and a traitor to others, he would be a highly controversial choice for the 878,000-euro ($1.11-million) award.

Singapore football legend Fandi Ahmad immortalised in wax

Fandi Ahmad is now well and truly an idol.

The biggest name in Singapore football unveiled a wax figure of himself on Wednesday as the latest addition to Madame Tussauds’ upcoming local museum.

Fandi’s replica is togged out in the 1994 edition of his famous Singapore No.17 jersey, which he wore when he captained the Lions to victory in the Malaysia Cup. That same year, the fleet-footed forward went on to win Player of the Season accolades and a Public Service Medal to boot.




Edward Snowden, the fugitive US intelligence agent, was granted political asylum by Russia after he flew in from Hong Kong in June 2013
Fandi 1994 (L) and Fandi 2014 (R) (Photo courtesy of Madame Tussauds Singapore)