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Malaysian elderly man faces legal action after trying to protect stray dog from authorities

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Malaysia's Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) enforcement officers are under fire after videos showed them allegedly roughing up an elderly man who was trying to protect his dogs. The man, Patrick Khoo, will now be charged under Section 186 of the Penal Code for obstructing government officials from carrying out their duties. MP for Petaling Jaya Lee Chean Chung expressed concern over the elderly man facing legal action after being allegedly assaulted by an MBPJ officer and urged for MBPJ's internal investigation to be conducted fairly and transparently.

Netizens lambasted Sim Ann for her lack of social etiquette in disruption of live...

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SINGAPORE — Netizens have expressed harsh criticism in relation to the recent controversy over an incident at an Esplanade event on 25 March involving...

China says Honduran leader to visit ‘as soon as possible’

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Honduran President Xiomara Castro will visit China "as soon as possible" to draw up a blueprint for bilateral relations after Honduras cut off diplomatic ties with Taiwan. China welcomes the visit and is willing to enhance political mutual trust and cooperation.

Son of former Changi Airport Group chairman pleaded guilty to giving false evidence in...

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SINGAPORE — Karl Liew Kai Lung, the son of former Changi Airport Group chairman Liew Mun Leong has pleaded guilty to lying to the...

Taiwan probes suspected human smuggling after Vietnamese bodies found at sea

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Taiwanese police found at least seven Vietnamese nationals' bodies at sea, prompting the formation of a task force to investigate suspected human smuggling. Southeast Asia is a hub for human smugglers, and authorities have found at least 20 bodies at sea between February 18 and March 29, with investigations ongoing.

China’s ‘art factory’ painters turn from fakes to originals

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Painters in Dafen, China, known for making replicas of Western masterpieces, are now selling their own original artwork in China's booming domestic art market. While exports have dipped, artists have used the obstacles as an opportunity to establish themselves in China's art market, which is the second-largest in the world. Many artists have moved away from imitation and towards creating original pieces, with some artists attending school to learn traditional Chinese painting techniques to cater to wealthy Chinese buyers looking for a "Chinese aesthetic."

3-room Bidadari flat rented out at S$4,100, before reaching MOP, with HDB approval

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A 3-room HDB flat in Bidadari was rented out for S$4,100 per month, with HDB's approval despite the five-year mandatory occupation rule. HDB stated that exceptions are granted on a case-by-case basis due to unforeseen circumstances. Some netizens urge HDB to regulate rental prices, citing concerns about high rental prices being exploited for speculation.

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