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Daily Archives: 2014-09-03

Seller of Jihadist flag denies link to ISIS

The owner of Albenyahya Enterprise, the company that was alleged to have been selling flags related to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), has denied the allegations of his links to ISIS, which has surfaced online. An earlier media report indicated that Mr Syed Mohammad Faisal BenYahya, owner of Albenyahya Enterprise, has ordered about 20 flags in July, during the month of …

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Clearing the Haze: Solutions at hand

“Clearing the Haze” is a feature series by The Online Citizen that brings you into the core of the trans-boundary haze issue. Our reporting team joined volunteers from local haze monitoring group, PM. Haze, on one of their field trips into the heart of Indonesia earlier this year to find out more about the haze situation, what causes the fires, …

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Caning is torture and racist in origin: M Ravi

By Ariffin Sha On 22 August, a constitutional challenge against judicial caning was heard in Singapore’s highest court, the Court of Appeal. It was filed by lawyer M. Ravi on behalf of his client, Yong Vui Kong. Yong was sentenced to death in 2009 for drug trafficking, but this was commuted to life imprisonment and 15 strokes of the cane in …

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“Sure make money” investment? (A parallel to how CPF is used)

By Leong Sze Hian What if someone suggest to you that you can borrow against the equity of your residential property(ies), shares, investment funds, bank deposits and other assets, at an interest rate of about one  per cent? And then ask you to invest the loan that you have taken? Normally, the maximum loan tenure is until age 75 and subject …

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Govt announces options for lease buyback scheme

The Minister of National Development, Khaw Boon Wan, has announced that senior Singaporeans will be allowed to choose different lengths of leases when they take up the lease buyback scheme. "Younger seniors can choose longer leases, while older seniors can choose shorter leases in return for more cash proceeds," Mr Khaw said in a post on the MND blog on …

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Honour in Singapore – Strong government endorsement warranted?

Honour in Singapore” is a mini series by TOC following the recent formation of the Honour (Singapore) non-profit organisation, made up of distinguished individuals closely related to the government and a far-right Christian group. The series will explore some of their profiles, and bring to light what the group meant by “promoting a culture of honour and honouring” in Singapore. By Ghui and Howard Lee In …

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8-month slog to win back his overtime pay

  Veluchamy Duraisamy is a happy worker. On or around 4 August 2014, he (more or less) won his case at the Labour Court. He is extremely grateful to TWC2. It might have turned out very differently without us. Durai had to go to the Labour Court eight times to get his overtime pay, leaving the place feeling frustrated each …

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Another US journalist beheaded by Islamic State

  The Islamic State (IS) has beheaded a second American journalist, Steven Scotloff, reports are saying. This is the second incident in two weeks, after journalist James Foley was similarly executed on 19 August. This report on Wednesday: The Associated Press and the SITE Intel Group, an organization that tracks the online activity of terrorist groups, both reported on Tuesday …

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From Hong Lim Park to Speakers’ Corner – 15 years to be made?

By Howard Lee So Speakers’ Corner turned 14 years old on 1 September, and the minor deluge of articles about it in both traditional and online media were generous in drawing some significance to the place that, by now, many activists have called home. Of course, technically, Hong Lim Park itself, on which Speakers’ Corner shares the same locality, dates …

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