Daily Archives: 2016-09-08

SDP: Elected Presidency is a distraction from real democratic reform

The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) has issued a statement about the recommendation by the Constitutional Commission on the review of the Elected Presidency, condemning the ruling party, People's Action Party for having no intention of allowing its powers to be scrutinised and checked by anyone. The party emphasis that the Elected Presidency together with schemes like the Nominated Member of …

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London Weight Management sued by 85-year-old woman to seek $450k compensation

Madam Gan Siew Hong was brought by her husband and son to visit a branch of London Weight Management on 23 July 2013 after watching its TV commercial which offered a weight-loss trial session for only $18. However, the son, who paid for her mother's treatment, was persuaded to pay a nearly $400,000 package with the slimming centre. Madam Gan has diabetes, a heart …

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Court deliberates on penalty for human rights lawyer

Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon said yesterday (6 September) that the courts ought to punish lawyers who have not behaved themselves properly to protect the standing and dignity of the (legal) profession. The court was deliberating on the penalty for human rights lawyer, Mr M Ravi for the four charges of misdeed that he had pleaded guilty before a disciplinary tribunal last …

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Han Shan Money Express Pte Ltd foiled a scam attempt involving $1,900

The Singapore Police Force (SPF) issued a press release which stated that Han Shan Money Express Pte Ltd had foiled a scam attempt involving $1,900, which was the second scam foiled by the company within a week. Ms Zhan Lei, a staff from Han Shan Money Express Pte Ltd, alerted the Police that she suspected a case of cheating on Tuesday (6 September) …

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SEC needs to explain its silence over APRIL abuse

By Chris Soh In the article "Inspectors blocked from Riau concession" published in the Straits Times on 8 September 2016, it has been reported that Indonesia police are investigating a pulp and paper concession in Riau after it had obstructed investigators from entering the concession. The team which was led by the Peatland Restoration Agency (BRG) chief Nazir Foead visited the …

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Netizens outraged at the proposed amendments of Elected Presidency

The Constitutional Commission headed by Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon has released its report Elected Presidency review on Wednesday (7 September) after six months of deliberation based on feedback from four public hearings and more than 100 written submissions. The commission led by CJ Sundaresh was tasked by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to review three aspects of the Elected Presidency, which …

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AWARE calls for suicide law reform on World Suicide Prevention Day

In view of World Suicide Prevention Day, which falls on 10 September, AWARE has today released its report “Distress is not a crime: repeal Section 309”. The report calls for the reform of suicide laws and the improvement of support systems for those in distress - specifically, it seeks the reform and eventual repeal of Section 309 of the Penal …

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Proposed amendments to ensure President from minority race and increase qualifying criteria for candidates

The Constitutional Commission headed by Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon has released its report Elected Presidency review on Wednesday (7 September) after six months of deliberation based on feedback from four public hearings and more than 100 written submissions. The commission led by CJ Sundaresh was tasked by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to review three aspects of the Elected Presidency, which …

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8 new cases of locally Zika transmitted virus infection

The Ministry of Health (MOH) and National Environment Agency (NEA) announced that as of 12 pm on 7 September, another eight cases of locally transmitted Zika virus infection has been confirmed, making a total of 263 confirmed cases. Two of the cases were linked to the Aljunied Crescent/ Sims Drive/ Kallang Way/ Paya Lebar Way cluster, and one case is linked …

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