Monthly Archives: November 2015

Two men arrested for attempting to depart Singapore illegally

Immigration and Checkpoint Authority (ICA) reports that two men were arrested on 25 November 2015 for attempting to leave Singapore illegally. At about 4.40am on 25 November, officers at the Woodlands Checkpoint spotted two black trash bags floating near the shoreline along the Causeway. The officers then conducted checks after finding it suspicious and detected two persons swimming near the …

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The release of Dan Tan: Significance and impact

By Teo Soh Lung The decision of the three-judge Court of Appeal to free Dan Tan Seet Eng on Wednesday must surely shock the Attorney General’s Chambers and the Ministry of Home Affairs. Never in the 61-year history of the Criminal Law (Temporary Provisions) Act, or CLTPA, has a detainee ever challenged the legality of his arrest and detention, and secured …

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SMRT issues letter for students affected by train service disruption

Transport operator, SMRT issued excuse slips to students and other commuters who were affected by the train service disruption which happened between 5.45 and 8.11 on Wednesday morning. [NSL] No train service between #Yishun and #MarinaSouthPier due to power fault. Free Bus service is available. — SMRT Corporation (@SMRT_Singapore) November 24, 2015 Train service was disrupted between Yishun and Marina …

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Court of Appeal rules that detention of alleged match-fixer is “unlawful”

The Court of Appeal freed businessman and alleged match-fixing mastermind Dan Tan Seet Eng from detention under the Criminal Law (Temporary Provisions) Act* on Wednesday. Tan had been detained since October 2013. On 23 May 2013, Hungarian prosecutors indicted Tan in absentia, aong with 44 others following a four-year investigation into match-fixing. The indictment specified the rigging of 32 games in Hungary, …

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White Ribbon SG invites men to speak out on violence against women

25 November is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and We Can! Singapore is launching a local chapter of the White Ribbon campaign. Originating in Canada, the White Ribbon Campaign is a global movement which unites men and boys in working towards an end to violence against women and girls. White Ribbon Week (25 November to 1 December) will …

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Culture: a catalyst for sustainable development of Asian and European cities

International civil society experts from Asia and Europe emphasised the role of creativity and the arts as catalysts for innovation in cities. Cities are increasingly acting as catalysts for culture-led urban development in Asia and Europe. Through people-centred policies, inclusive governance and speedy decision-making, cities are proving to be innovative hubs for creativity. This message was at the core of …

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Court reserves judgement for Sarawakian death row inmate

A 31-year-old Sarawakian on death row in Singapore has gained a little more time after the Court of Appeal reserved its judgement in the hearing of a criminal motion filed by his lawyer. Kho Jabing had initially been scheduled to hang on 6 November after being convicted of murder under section 300(c) of the Penal Code for his involvement in a …

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Wealth inequality and tax justice

By Ezra Ho Wealth inequality is a scourge of many countries. Last year, Credit Suisse reported that the richest 0.7% of adults in the world owned 44% of global wealth. Closer to home, earlier this year, the Lien Centre for Social Innovation’s ‘A Handbook on Inequality, Poverty and Unmet Social Needs in Singapore‘ highlighted the persistence of income inequality and …

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