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Daily Archives: 2014-07-18

Convicts executed despite constitutional challenge in the courts

On Friday, 18 July 2014, the Singapore Government carried out the execution of two convicts at the Changi Prisons Complex.  The Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) confirmed the hanging today. See here: "Execution of convicted drug traffickers". The executions were carried out despite The Singapore Working Group on the Death Penalty, a coalition of non-governmental groups, having written to the President to …

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Section 377A meant to curb male prostitution, not consensual sex

By Ariffin Sha After a 4-year legal battle to have the case heard, the Court of Appeal on Monday began deliberations on the constitutionality of Section 377A of the Penal Code, a controversial law that criminalises sex between two males. The application was filed by 51-year old Tan Eng Hong through his lawyer, M Ravi. Arrested and charged under Section …

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NLB and the erosion of our secular morality

By Donald Low The National Library Board’s (NLB) decision to remove and pulp the three children’s books deemed to offend Singapore’s “pro-family” norms has reignited the age-old contest between Church and State, and more specifically in Singapore’s context, the role of private morality in public policy and how the state should adjudicate between competing conceptions of morality in society. Many …

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Inaccurate Straits Times report on Lee-Ngerng case

  On Thursday, lawyers for both Lee Hsien Loong and blogger Roy Ngerng were in court for a pre-trial conference regarding the defamation suit brought by the former against the latter. The suit stems from a blog post which Mr Ngerng had written and published on 15 May 2014, titled, “Where your CPF money is going: learning from the City …

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US, international bodies protest NLB censorship of children’s book

NEW YORK, 07/17/2014—The National Coalition Against Censorship (USA) has been joined by freeDimensional and PEN International in issuing a statement ( read online ) opposing the decision by the Singapore National Library Board (NLB) to remove and pulp three children’s books: And Tango Makes Three, The White Swan Express: A Story About Adoption, and Who’s In My Family: All About Our Families, reportedly over their portrayal of families with same-sex parents and calling for the immediate reversal …

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M’sian plane believed shot down in Ukraine

The United States has “concluded” that Malaysian flight MH17 was shot down over rebel-controlled area of eastern Ukraine on Thursday. However, it has not yet pinpointed who was responsible, according to CNN which spoke to a senior US official. The Malaysian plane was carrying 295 people on board when it was believed to have exploded in mid-air, killing all on …

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CPF and the PAP – reviewing a legacy system

By Eric Tan When the People’s Action Party inherited the Central Provident Fund system from the British, they did not change a basic flaw in the system, which was to allow members to withdraw all the funds when they reached the then retirement age of 55. Later in the 1980s when they tried to move the withdrawal age to 60 …

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Crashed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 said to be shot down

Malaysia Airlines posted on its social media platforms at around midnight that its flight MH17 went missing when it was flying over Ukraian airspace "Malaysia Airlines has lost contact of flight MH17 operating from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur on 17 July 2014. The last known position was over Ukrainian airspace." Footage of what seems to be the aftermath of the …

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