Daily Archives: 2016-01-31

CAN: Special safe guards needed for criminal cases involving minors

Singapore based NGO, Community Action Network (CAN) has issued a statement to voice its concern over  the death of 14-year-old, Benjamin Lim who died of “unnatural causes” on Tuesday late afternoon after being interviewed by the police without the accompaniment of his parents. Below is their statement in full Community Action Network (CAN) would like to highlight the fact that as a signatory …

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14-year-old jumps to his death after unaccompanied police interrogation

Fourteen-year-old Benjamin Lim Jun Hui was found dead late Tuesday.  He had apparently jumped off a ledge outside his 14th-floor flat in Yishun. Family and friends are still trying to make sense of the boy’s unexpected demise. Five plainclothes police officers showed up at Benjamin’s school on Tuesday morning. He was taken away for questioning for allegedly outraging the modesty …

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Singaporeans fully employed with median income rising?

By Richard Wan It was recently reported on the Straits Times that Singapore’s employment grew by only 31,800 last year, the slowest pace in 12 years [Link]. More workers lost their jobs last year, especially in the manufacturing and service sectors, which saw 5,000 and 7,800 redundancies respectively. A total of 14,400 workers were let go, up from 12,930 in …

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Workers’ Party’s position NCMP sound

By Ng Kok Lim I refer to the 30 Jan 2016 Straits Times report “Party’s transfer of vacant seat a political manouevre: PAP MPs”. Spirit of NCMP scheme While the spirit of the Non-constituency Member of Parliament (NCMP) scheme is to offer a seat in parliament to the best performing opposition candidate who lost, performance is relative. All else being equal, …

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