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Monthly Archives: April 2015

Amos Yee back in remand after refusing bail terms

Amos Yee, the 16 year old teenager who is being charged with harassment, and with deliberately wounding religious feelings for uploading a YouTube video is placed back in remand after declining to be bailed in response to what he claims to be "ridiculous" terms for bail. Amos’ bail conditions had required him not to upload or distribute any content online before his …

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Amos Yee assaulted right outside of state court

Amos Yee, the teenager who is being charged with harassment, and with deliberately wounding religious feelings for uploading a YouTube video was struck by a man in red when he was on his way to his pre-trial conference on Thursday, 30 April. The man walked up to Amos and struck Amos in the face without any notice. The man reportedly shouted at …

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MARUAH condemns the act of violence against Amos Yee

  Today – 30 April 2015 - as Amos Yee made his way to court, a stranger went up to him and struck him across the face. MARUAH strongly condemns this act of violence and intimidation. This is not the way a mature and civilised society deals with opinions and opinion-makers. Prior to this confrontation, there had already been threats …

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Why do they do it?

By Masked Crusader If everyone who enters Singapore knows the penalty for drug trafficking is death, it must be asked, why do they do it? If the death penalty is the ultimate deterrent, then, after decades setting an example to would be traffickers why do we continue to execute more each year? There are many in Singapore—perhaps even the majority—who …

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ASEAN and human rights – moving Singapore away from old-world thinking

By Howard Lee Mr Soe Min Than and Mr Ted Tan, both members of human rights group Think Centre, were among the few representing Singapore's civil society organisations (CSOs) at the recently held ASEAN People’s Forum (APF) in KL, Malaysia. Think Centre, which also co-hosted the Singapore leg of the APF in 2007, was involved in two workshops this year – "Increasing …

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Singapore civil society – a work in progress: Thoughts on SAA 2015

By Constance Singam TWC3, the organizing committee of the Singapore Advocacy Awards (SAA), has begun work to organize the 2015 SAA.  The awards will be announced on 31 July evening. But between now and then, we will be hosting a number of networking dinners. The one we organized last year was attended by more than 40 people and I am …

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MAS takes civil penalty action against two for insider trading

Singapore, 29 April 2015 - The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has imposed civil penalties on Mr Lim Oon Cheng and his niece, Ms Lim Huey Yih, for contraventions under the Securities and Futures Act (SFA). Both Mr Lim and Ms Lim have admitted to committing insider trading. Mr Lim has also admitted to false trading. Between 15 and 22 May 2009, Mr Lim purchased …

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Decline in tiger parts trade in Singapore: ACRES

There has been a "significant decline" in the sale of tiger parts in Singapore's jewellery and antique shops, according to a two-month undercover investigation by animal welfare group ACRES. Conducted between March and April 2015, ACRES's Animal Crime Investigation Unit found only 4 out of 153 (2.6%) jewellery and antique shops in Singapore offering alleged tiger teeth and claws for sale, …

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Easier access to simpler funds for retail investors

Singapore, 29 April 2015 - From today, retail investors can expect easier access to a wider range of investment funds, including exchange-traded funds (ETFs). This enhancement is part of the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s (MAS) broader effort to expand the range of simple, low-cost investment options available to retail investors. Previously, all investment funds which used derivatives were classified as Specified Investment Products (SIPs). SIPs are more …

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May Day Message for Ministry of Manpower

By Masked Crusader I was hoping to move on from labour issues and blog about other things. I was starting to sound like a broken record even to myself. Then, something happened. Minister Lim Swee Say, parliament jester and Secretary-General of the National Trades Union Congress, gave his May Day speech. In his speech, Lim paints a haunting future for …

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