Daily Archives: 2015-06-09

M’sia newspaper accuses S’pore journalists of unprofessional conduct

Singapore journalists are being criticised by their Malaysian counterparts for unprofessional conduct during a SEA Games netball match between the two countries on Sunday. According to a report on Monday in Malaysia Malay Mail newspaper, “Singapore pressmen shouted ‘hoi balik kampong’ (go home to your village) several times to the Malaysian players” during the game at the OCBC Arena. “While …

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National anthem malfunctioned but crowd turned it into moment of pride

As Singapore’s Swimming Women’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay team stood proud on the winners’ podium, the Singapore national anthem was played. You can see the pride on the four girls’ faces as they absorbed the atmosphere and the sweet smell of victory. Indeed, Singapore was proud of their achievement. But more was to come – as the amplifiers went mute halfway …

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New effort by RRG to counter ISIS’ radical propaganda in S’pore

The emergence of terrorist organisation, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), has prompted a group of ulama and Islamic scholars and teachers in Singapore to extend its outreach to those who might be influenced by ISIS’ extreme ideology. The Religious Rehabilitation Group (RRG) was formed in 2003 to counter the threat of the Jemaah Islamiah (JI) terrorist group, …

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Turkey’s biggest party fails to win outright majority in parliament

Turkey’s biggest political party, the Justice and Development party (also known as AKP) received its lowest vote-share in 13 years in the country’s general elections held last Sunday. Although the AKP still has the biggest number of seats in parliament, the party has failed to achieve a majority, and will now have to hammer together a coalition of sorts. The …

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“Surface imperfections”, HDB says of defects in new flats

Yesterday (8 Jun), the Straits Times published an article (‘Most flaws in flats are surface imperfections’) where HDB claimed that most of the complaints about its new flats don’t affect structural integrity and “can be rectified easily”. In recent years, HDB has received complaints at the rate of 1 defect per new flat from owners. The bulk of reported flaws …

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Asian Regional Congress to focus on death penalty for drug offences

More than 300 lawyers, magistrates, parliamentarians, sociologists, theologians, journalists, NGO members and activists will be attending the Asian Regional Congress on the death penalty, which will be held at the Renaissance Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 11 June to 12 June. Speakers at the Congress who hail from Singapore include Associate Professor Chan Wing Cheong from the Faculty of Law at …

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Respect for Sabahan mountain guides

Mhd Rizuan Kauhinin, a Sabahan mountain guide, made social media headlines when he braved falling rocks and rough terrain to carry a Singaporean student to safety following the Mt Kinabalu earthquake last weekend. An image of the boy on his back went viral after photographs of the guides at work in the rescue effort were shared online. Mr Rizuan hopes …

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Teen in Toa Payoh vandalism case given second chance at probation

The last of the teenagers to be sentenced to the Toa Payoh vandalism case has been sentenced to 30 months of probation, although the prosecution plans to appeal for a reformative training sentence. Boaz Koh Wen Jie, 18, together with four others – Reagan Tan Chang Zhi, Chay Nam Shen, Goh Rong Liang and David William Graaskov, all 18 – were charged for …

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TODAY gets slammed for sensationalising Yale-NUS drop-out rates

So, the TODAY newspaper had a report out on 8 June 2015. It was titled: Wow. That’s a big headline. Big claim. Big allegations. Big problem with the school which only started operations barely two years ago in 2013. What’s gone wrong? Well, according to TODAY, “some former Yale-NUS College students have decided to drop out because of a mismatch …

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