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Monthly Archives: June 2010

Sand smuggling – out of M’sia to S’pore

From The Star Online JOHOR BARU: Sand worth millions of ringgit is being illegally “floated” out of the country daily via Sungai Johor here. And this has been going on for the past three years. A Starprobe team investigating this lucrative trade found that the sand ends up in Singapore, despite a ban on sand export imposed by the Malaysian …

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Filial piety – or sending the wrong message?

The following one is from Malaysia, also about filial piety. Letter to the Straits Times forum page 23 June 2010 Does ad convey right values? THE new TV advertisement to promote filial piety – spearheaded by the National Family Council and supported by the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports – has left me disturbed. While some people may …

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World Cup 2010: What will England’s excuse be this time?

By Ganga England play Slovenia tonight in their final group stage game at World Cup 2010 and they desperately need to win in order to have any chance to qualifying to the next stage (see table below). With the USA team playing Algeria in the other game, it will take the combination of a positive outing for the English coupled …

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S’pore’s electoral system – SFD to submit report to UN

Singaporeans for Democracy`s (SFD) will be submitting an independent report on Singapore’s electoral system to the UN’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process set up in 2006 to review member countries’ human rights record. Dr. James Gomez informed human rights officer Ms Hannah Wu and several of her colleagues of SFD’s plans and secured agreement to the independent submission during a …

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“In Potong Pasir, it’s not always about the money…”

A Potong Pasir resident speaks in defence of her home and hearth, and about the Town Council Management Report. _______________________________ By Cien Xu In a letter addressing the Town Council’s arrears in service and conservancy charges, Chiam See Tong wrote, “[The Town Council makes] provisions for doubtful debts due to the unfavourable economic conditions in Singapore, by allowing residents to pay …

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Re-examine judicial & clemency process, M’sian lawyers urge S’pore

Lawyers for Liberty, a Malaysian group which is against the death penalty, has called on the Malaysian government to raise the case of Yong Vui Kong with Singapore’s Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong, who is on a one-day visit to the country. Prime Minister Lee is accompanied on the trip by Foreign Affairs Minister George Yeo, National Development Minister Mah Bow …

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Paying for monkeys

By Andrew Loh It has been a week since the flood at Orchard Road and several areas around Singapore. It was the worst flood we have seen in 26 years. It has been two weeks since the Town Council Management Report was released. More than a month since the security lapse at Changi Depot and two months since two National …

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Floods: Monitor or don’t monitor also flood?

By Leong Sze Hian “I think the response by the PUB, by the agencies, has been commendable,” the Minister for Environment and Water Resources said on 20 June with regards to the flood at Orchard Road. “We have done our best to help the businesses affected, the people affected.” So, after all that has happened, the PUB is to be …

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We will do everything we can, British PM assures Suu Kyi

British Prime Minister David Cameron has written an open letter to Aung San Suu Kyi. The pro-democracy leader turned 65 on 19 June, and has spent 14 of the last 20 years under house arrest in Burma for advocating democracy and respect for human rights in her country. Mr Cameron wrote: Dear Daw Aung San Suu Kyi , Today you will …

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