Singapore. In April, Singapore and Indonesia signed a
long-awaited extradition agreement from Indonesia. According
had wanted since the Asian crisis in 1997 that Singapore
could extradite corruption-suspected Indonesian businessmen
who have taken refuge in the neighboring country.
On April 13, the country's government banned seven
members of the European Parliament, a Cambodian
parliamentarian and a Philippine congresswoman from speaking
at a democracy forum organized by the Singaporean opposition
party SDP. According to the government, the speakers'
comments were not of "public interest".
The world's largest passenger aircraft, the newly built
Airbus A380, made its first commercial flight from Singapore
to Sydney in October. The plane was owned by Singapore
Airlines, which, after heavy delays, had the so-called
Superjumbon delivered just over a week earlier. The airline
tickets were sold through a charity auction on the Internet.
The most expensive tickets went for over US $ 100,000. On
board the Superjumbon, there is room for 850 passengers.