Daily Archives: 2015-05-29

NAC withdrew approved grant to graphic novel due to “sensitive content”

National Arts Council (NAC) is withdrawing its earlier approved $8,000 publication grant to Malaysia-born award-winning comics artist, Sonny Liew due the “sensitive content” depicted in his 324-page comic book, “The Art Of Charlie Chan Hock Chye”. The book uses different forms of comic illustration to depict the life of a Singaporean artist which spans across 60-odd years of Singapore history. …

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Inclusiveness in national day song for SG50

A lot has been said about how the different races of Singapore come together as one but as far as I can remember, there is no national day song that has lines in all 4 official language to reflect that in a very powerful symbolic way. Recent NDP songs have been pretty forgettable with melody and lyrics that don’t quite …

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Australia offers another A$5m aid for boat refugee crisis

Australia has offered another A$5 million in humanitarian aid to potential illegal migrant populations in Myanmar and Bangladesh, in addition to A$6 million committed earlier. The new aid was announced today, 29 May, to coincide with a conference in Bangkok, Thailand to discuss irregular migration in the Indian Ocean, in an attempt to resolve the boat refugee crisis in ASEAN. More …

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Cycling needs better regulations

By Alex Poh Aik On more than a number of occasions, I’ve been hit by cyclists who rode too fast and refused to make way for pedestrians on pavements. Some of these bicycles even have small motors that make them even more hazardous. I can fully understand that cycling is an important part of some people’s lives. It provides an effective form of transport …

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HDB BTO defects: Punggol Waterway Terraces I

In recent days, more and more flat owners are going online to voice their displeasure over the poor workmanship of their Built-to-Order (BTO) flats and having defects in the units despite paying a high sum of money to the Housing Development Board (HDB) for their dream home. One of such owners, Mr Adrian Chong, a flat owner at Punggol Waterway …

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United Nations Security Council meets on Rohingya issue

The United Nations Security Council held its first closed-door briefing on the human rights situation in Myanmar on 28 May to examine the issues faced by the country’s Rohingya minority, according to United States and council diplomats. U.N. human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein briefed the council via video link and presented the dire situation and “institutional discrimination” faced …

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