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Daily Archives: 2016-07-27

Singapore PM’s visit is chance to address censorship, LGBT protections

United States President Barack Obama should press visiting Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to address the Singapore government’s severe restrictions on fundamental freedoms, Human Rights Watch said today. President Obama will meet with Prime Minister Lee in Washington, DC, on 2 August 2016. “President Obama should make it clear to Prime Minister Lee that Singapore’s increasing repression of its own …

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Malaysia PM Najib Razak seeks new powers amid protests over 1MDB fund scandal

A National Security Bill, which will come into force on Monday, will give powers to a council, the Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak heads that are similar to the ones that were used by the late president Suharto of Indonesia and the Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos. It is said that Mr Najib is determined to gain sweeping dictatorial powers as part …

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Five cost-cutting tips for home renovation in Singapore

By SingSaver.com.sg We hate to take away from the fun of home renovations, but it’s important to be practical about this major undertaking. Home renovations are famous for two things: busting the budget, and bringing burning disappointment. Reality TV and it’s “instant makeover” shows have a lot to answer for. In truth, home renovations can be a minefield of unnecessary costs, and …

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Mandatory requirements on barrier-free accessibility upgrades to existing buildings in 2017

National Development Minister, Lawrence Wong has said that the government will issue new mandatory requirements on barrier-free accessibility upgrades to existing buildings, starting next year, in order to accommodate wheelchair users and others with disabilities. This was said on Tuesday (July 26) at the launch of the Singapore Universal Design Week 2016. Mr Wong said that when undergo addition and …

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33-yr-old man investigated for lodging false reports of robbery

A 33-year old man has been arrested by the police for lodging a false report claiming he was robbed. In a news release today, Singapore Police Force (SPF) said a man had filed a report at Serangoon Neighbourhood Police Centre at 11.47 PM on Monday (25 July 2016). In his report, he claimed that he had been assaulted and robbed by …

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My storm in a teacup, and thoughts on some wider implications

By Ian Chong So several days have gone by since the little storm in a teacup that involved Calvin Cheng trying to threaten my employment, in part through an attempt to muster online support for his effort. I am happy to report that I am quite well. I owe this less to anything I did on my part and more …

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NUS conducts intensive investigation due to complaints about inappropriate orientation activities

The National University of Singapore (NUS) released a statement on 26 July which said that the university will take a strong disciplinary action in the feedback on instances of offensive and completely inappropriate activities. The New Paper (TNP) had released an article on the NUS's orientation camps on 26 July and reported that there were some complaints from the students about the …

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