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Daily Archives: 2015-02-10

Malaysia: Anwar’s conviction sets back rights

The conviction of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim after seven years of politically motivated proceedings under an abusive and archaic law is a major setback for human rights in Malaysia. On February 10, 2015, the Federal Court of Malaysia upheld a lower court ruling and sentenced Anwar to five years in prison for violating Malaysia’s sodomy law. The Malaysian authorities should …

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LTA: Summons should have been issued to illegally parked cars

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has concluded through its investigations that the cars parked illegally outside of Siglap South Community Center should have been issued with summons as the community centre did not apply for special parking approval from LTA. It has also taken necessary actions against its outsourced contractor on the matter. This is response to TOC's queries on an earlier article about …

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Forum Asia strongly condemns sodomy conviction of Malaysia’s opposition leader

Forum Asia, a regional human rights group has issued a statement to condemn the decision by the Malaysian Federal Court to uphold the conviction against Malaysia’s opposition leader and former Deputy Prime Minister, Anwar Ibrahim of sodomy and calls for the Malaysian government to repeal all repressive laws, including the sodomy law, the Sedition Act and the Peaceful Assembly Act. The human rights organisation …

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Singapore’s Social Compact Trilemma – The Dynamics of a Critically Uncertain National Future

  By Yeoh Lam Keong “The political problem of mankind is to combine three things: economic efficiency, social justice and individual liberty.” John Maynard Keynes The last 50 years of nation building has firmly established Singapore as a globally competitive, highly successful economy and city state with strong fundamental foundations of prosperity and potential undreamt of by its frugal and …

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Dr Ting and TOC respond to Mindef’s charge of harassment

On 28 January, Dr Ting Choon Meng received a lawyer’s letter from the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) threatening to use the Protection from Harassment Act against him unless he signs a written undertaking. The letter was sent on behalf of the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF), alleging that Dr Ting has made "false statements" against MINDEF about an earlier case where he had …

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Workers’ Party to give response in parliament on AGO’s report of its town council’s lapses

Chairman of Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council (AHPETC) Ms Sylvia Lim has said that the Workers' Party will respond to the audit finding by the Auditor-General Office (AGO) in the parliament on Thursday and would not comment on the matter for the time being. The Auditor-General was directed by the Ministry of Finance on 19 February last year to look into AHPETC’s accounts, this …

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Music helped me during Thaipusam

  By Ravi Philemon In 1965, Mr Lee Kuan Yew reportedly said that while a non-Indian might not understand the ethical values of self-immolation and expressions of penance as expressed through the Hindu festival of Thaipusam, he nonetheless admired the self-discipline and stoicism of  devotees who paraded from Serangoon Road to Tank Road, their bodies pierced with metal hooks carrying heavy …

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Thaipusam incident – rhetoric not useful in promoting race relations

By Gangasudhan So we have yet another incident of unrest at Desker Road, when the police were called in to quell a “disturbance” in the peace which, oddly enough, might not have been an issue at all if they had not intervened. Contrary to the rhetoric on mainstream media, there is ample reason to believe that the scuffle between Thaipusam …

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