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Daily Archives: 2015-07-22

Actor who alleged Gov’t interference in LKY musical removes blog post

About 10 days after the stage play, “Singapura”, abruptly ended its run amidst controversial circumstances, another play is mired in controversy as well. An actor in the stage production, “The LKY Musical”, has removed his blog article in which he had alleged Government interference with the production. The play, to mark Singapore’s 50th year of independence from Malaysia, comes less …

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Singapore police freeze bank accounts in Singapore in related to 1MDB investigations

Two bank accounts in Singapore have been frozen by the Singapore Police Force as part of an investigation into alleged money laundering as part of the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal unfolding in Malaysia. The Business Times reported on Wednesday morning that the police froze the two accounts on 15 July under Section 47 of the Corruption, Drug Corruption, Drug Trafficking …

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Passersby try to lift truck to save man in accident

A video of a group of passersby trying to lift a truck in order to pull a man out from underneath it has been posted on Facebook. The accident apparently occurred along Boon keng Road on Wednesday. The uploader of the video, one Suan Wang, said the man was screaming when the group of people tried to help him out. …

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Flights delayed, airport closed in Bali due to ash cloud from Mt Raung

Winds pushing ash from Mount Raung in Indonesia back towards Denpasar are causing flights to Bali to be delayed for safety reasons, reported media. An Indonesian government vulcanologist had noted that Raung was shooting out ash 3,000 metres into the air on Wednesday, and winds were blowing it southeast towards Bali. Jetstar has already cancelled three flights and was also forced to turn …

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Almost $1m worth of contracts & purchases by 9 GROs made without following rules

The Auditor General’s Office (AGO), which released its annual audit of government ministries and statutory boards last week, has found lapses in procurement among the grassroots organisations (GROs) under the People’s Association (PA). The Online Citizen (TOC) has highlighted two such instances in previous reports. Please see here: “Auditor-General issues damning report on People’s Association“. And here: “AGO on PA …

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Police, CNB to consult on video-recording of police interviews

The Singapore Police Force (SPF) and the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) will commence consultations on the Video Recording of Interviews (VRI) during investigations, with the view to start a pilot of VRI from the first quarter of 2016. The authorities said this in a press release on Wednesday, 22 July. The statement said the consultation is part of the Government’s …

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Tribute publication about Lee Kuan Yew to be given free to all schools, associations and national libraries

A new Mandarin-language book on Singapore’s founding Prime Minister was launched on 21 July by local Chinese newspaper, Lianhe Zaobao. The LianheZaobao editorial team behind the book, hopes that the book can serve the purpose of national education in Singapore. The 248-page book, titled “A Tribute to Lee Kuan Yew” (Chinese text: 光耀一生·誉满天下》), commemorates the late Mr Lee’s life and legacy, …

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Foreign labour and immigrants in S’poreans’ interests, says PM Lee

Speaking at a FutureChina Global Forum on Tuesday, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said the Government has “Singaporeans’ interests at heart” when it came to immigration and population policies. He said “it makes sense to take in foreign labour and immigrants” purely from the perspective of numbers. “But from an emotional standpoint, it is not easy for people to accept, …

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HOME mental health survey: Burmese domestic workers under duress

  “I could handle it all up until I was accused of [seducing my employer’s husband]. All I did was try to help.” By Maria Fraser Myanmar domestic worker, Moe, 24, lasted a grand total of two weeks in her employment in Singapore. Things went wrong quickly when her employer punched her in the face for stepping on her foot …

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