Meet veteran journalist and editor Dato Seri Kalimullah Hassan (Dec 12)

Dear Member

You are invited to meet Dato Seri Kalimullah Hassan, former editor-in-chief and deputy chairman of the New Straits Times, who recently launched his book The Malaysia That Could Be, which tells the story of one man’s belief in his country – and how it can be so much more than what it is today.

Many of our members will remember Kalimullah as the KL correspondent of The Straits Times in the 1990s. Kali, as he’s known to his friends, now has a Dato Seri to his name. His long career as a journalist also included stints with Time magazine and Reuters.

He will give his insights into the Malaysia of today followed by a Q & A session.

The details of the event are attached:

Light refreshments will be served.

Mr Kalimullah will also be available to sign copies of his book, which can be purchased on that day for $30 (u.p. $37.45).

Due to limited capacity, please register your interest early at


Best regards

The Secretariat

Singapore Press Club


“Fireside chat” with Kirk Wagar (Dec 20)

Dear Member

The Press Club is organising a “fireside chat” with Kirk Wagar, United States Ambassador to the Republic of Singapore, in a farewell event before he leaves his post.

Ambassador Wagar, who previously addressed Press Club members in 2014, will speak at 4:30 pm on Dec 20 at the SPH Auditorium, News Centre, 1000 Toa Payoh North, Singapore 318994. Press Club President Patrick Daniel will be the moderator. Light refreshments will be served.

Ambassador Wagar was sworn in as the United States Ambassador to Singapore on September 4, 2013. Prior to his diplomatic post, he was Managing Partner of Wagar Law, a Miami-based law firm.

Ambassador Wagar served as the Florida Finance Chair for President Obama from 2007-2012 and as the Florida Finance Chairman of the Democratic National Committee for John Kerry’s Campaign in 2004.

He was a member on the Board for the American Association for Justice (2002 – 2013) and a member of the Board for the Florida Justice Association (1997 – 2013).

Members and their guests are welcome. Please register at

Best regards
The Secretariat
Singapore Press Club


You are cordially invited to join a networking session and a guided tour of two Singapore Biennale 2016 Affiliate Projects, The world precedes the eye and Boedi Widjaja: Black—Hut, at LASALLE College of the Arts’ Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) Singapore.

Explore the journey of nine artists from across the Asia-Pacific region in The world precedes the eye as they identify new lines of thinking about material across time, space and history. They include works in a range of media that will be exhibited in Singapore for the first time.

With Boedi Widjaja: Black—Hut, Indonesia-born Singaporean artist Boedi Widjaja has designed a complex architectural and sound work – a room within a room – that links diverse conceptual references through his own lived experience of migration, culture and aesthetics. Boedi will be present to introduce his exhibition.

Other highlights include:
– A new 16mm film installation by Pratchaya Phinthong (Thailand) that documents the burning of methane hydrate
– A “small academy” by Zeyno Pekünlü (Turkey) showcasing cheat sheets from around the world
– Spoken word by Zou Zhao (Singapore) that occupies three sites in the gallery.

Date: 3 December 2016 (Saturday)
Time: 7PM
Venue: Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore
LASALLE College of the Arts
1 McNally Street, Singapore 187940

7pm: Registration/Welcome drinks
7.30pm: Guided Tour of “The world precedes the eye”, led by ICA Singapore Director Ms Bala Starr
8.15pm: Guided Tour of “Black-Hut” by Boedi Widjaja
8.40pm: Cocktail Reception
9pm: End

Due to limited capacity, please register your interest early with:

Annabel Lim
Burson-Marsteller for LASALLE
6671 3222 /

Cassandra Tan
Burson-Marsteller for LASALLE
6671 3218 /

Best regards
The Secretariat
Singapore Press Club

Press Ball 2016 (Dec 17)

Dear Member

Our annual Press Ball is here again!

Press Ball 2016 will be held on December 17 (Saturday) from 6.30pm to 11.30pm at One Farrer Hotel & Spa’s Grand Ballroom (1 Farrer Park Road Station).

With the generous support from friends and partners, it promises to be another delightful evening of dining and dancing, with lots of prizes to be won, including a diamond pendant worth at least $10,000.

It will also be an occasion for networking, as some 500 members and guests are expected to attend, including journalists and editors, newsmakers, corporate chiefs, diplomats PR and marketing executives and others.

The programme details are attached:

The theme is Latro. Come dressed in your best.

Cost: Member ($70); Spouse/Partner ($80); Guest ($100). Seats are limited. So, book your place now!

Please fill up the attached form:

Address the cheque to Singapore Press Club. Our mailing address is:
“Press Ball 2016”
Singapore Press Club
c/o Singapore Press Holdings
News Centre, 1000 Toa Payoh North
Singapore 318994
Attn: Mr Santosh Kumar, Hon Secretary

Closing date: December 2 (Friday). Indicate if you need vegetarian food.

Thank You & Best Regards

Santosh Kumar
Honorary Secretary
Singapore Press Club

Special rate for The Straits Times Global Outlook Forum (Nov 29)

Dear Member

You can now attend The Straits Times Global Outlook Forum, 2017: New Leaders New Challenges For Asia, at a special rate of $150, which is exclusive to Singapore Press Club’s members.

The keynote speaker is Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Foreign Affairs.

You can register and get details of the event at:

Best regards
The Secretariat
Singapore Press Club


Meet author John McBeth (Nov 14)

Dear Member

You are invited to meet author John McBeth, a columnist for The Straits Times and an expert on Indonesian affairs, who has just launched his book The Loner, which tells the story of former Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s decade in power.
The book describes in detail the many challenges Yudhoyono faced and why Indonesia is still struggling with its past.

New Zealander Mcbeth, 72, spent 44 of his 52-year journalistic career in Asia, based in Bangkok, Seoul, Manila and Jakarta.
He will give his views on Yudhoyono’s legacy as Indonesia’s sixth and first directly-elected president — followed by a Q&A session.

The details of the event are attached.

Light refreshments will be served.

Mr Mcbeth will also be available to sign copies of his book, which can be purchased on that day for $30 (u.p.$37.45).

Please register at by November 12.

Limited to 50 people. A member can bring one guest.

Best regards
The Secretariat
Singapore Press Club