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Daily Archives: 2014-11-06

Recalcitrant retailers – spotlight falls on CASE

So, what is going to happen to Mobile Air, the shop in Sim Lim Square which has been in the news in recent days for allegedly dishonest dealings with its customers? The spotlight on this has fallen on the watchdog Consumers Association of Singapore (CASE). For the moment, at least, it seems that all it can do is to highlight …

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Malaysia: Halt all sedition cases pending highest court decision

(Kuala Lumpur/Bangkok, 6 November 2014) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), together with its member Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM), welcomed yesterday’s judgment by the High Court to refer a law professor’s challenge of the constitutionality of the Sedition Act 1948 directly to the country’s highest judicial body, the Federal Court of Malaysia. On 2 September 2014, …

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The economics behind Sim Lim scams

By Timothy Ho, DollarsAndSense.sg  In the last couple of weeks, most would have heard about the Malaysian diver who had spent $4500 on two iPhones and the lady who was refunded with $1100 in coins at Sim Lim Square. These incidents are of no surprise to most Singaporeans, who are already aware of the scam-like approaches that shops in Sim …

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Singapore think-tank plans to host haze portal

Singapore, 6 November 2014 – The Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) will work with Indonesian, Malaysian and Singapore experts, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and agribusiness companies to gather more information about the causes of the haze, and sites where the fires burn. The efforts aim to combine real-time thermal hotspots, wind direction, land use and, where possible, concession maps on a …

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Our need to protect the arts from censorship

By Ghui Given that the banning of Singaporean movie To Singapore With Love has generated much controversy, it is no surprise that it is the topic of conversation amongst many Singaporeans whether living in Singapore or otherwise. As already mentioned before, I personally do not think this film is of any particular national security concern. It is essentially a human …

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On repealing Section 377A – Part 2: Imbalances in the law

By Aloysius Chia In an earlier article, I have attempted to examine two arguments that support the retention of Section 377A – that repealing it would lead to a slippery slope of morality, and the promotion of homosexuality – and how these arguments are problematic. Consider the third common argument: That homosexual acts will lead to consequences such as diseases, …

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Defense Minister: S$25,900 English course was in strict compliance with the Government’s regulations

Non-Constituency Member of Parliament, Mrs Lina Chiam asked the Minister for Defence in parliament on Wednesday whether a tender was called for the provision of an English Language course for one People’s Liberation Army (PLA) officer from China and if so, what was the tender amount awarded to the education provider; and under what circumstances was the tender awarded. Defence …

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Reply in parliament that never answer the question on SingPost at all?

By S Y Lee and Leong Sze Hian We refer to the article “Increase in postage rates due to rising labour and operations costs: Sim Ann” (Channel NewsAsia, Nov 5). Minister’s reply on why SingPost increased postage rates?  It was stated that Minister of State for Communications and Information Sim Ann replied to the question by Non-Constituency Member of Parliament …

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COE prices: Gap between Cat B and Cat C vehicles further narrows

By COE SG Charts In COE results on 5 November 2014, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) received 3,068 bids at the end of the November first open bidding exercise for Certificates of Entitlement (COEs).  Of these, 1,980 were successful. COE for Category A (cars up to 1,600cc and 130bhp) ended slightly higher at $64,900, up from $63,990 two weeks ago. COE …

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