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Daily Archives: 2018-04-03

Amnesty International: Freedom of expression undermined in Singapore’s hearings on ‘fake news’

Statement issued by Amnesty International on the hearings conducted by the Select Committee on Deliberate Online Falsehoods  Amnesty International is deeply concerned by the treatment of human rights defenders and human rights organisations at hearings held by a Select Committee on deliberate ‘online falsehoods’ in Singapore. The organisation is alarmed by the criticism of and misrepresentation of civil society activists and …

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Way overdue, and Singapore needs a Sports Safety Act

In October 2017, a call was made by Jose Raymond, an active policy commentator, about the need for a Sports Safety Act in Singapore.  Jose is also a Vice-President of Singapore Swimming Association among various other appointments, and is currently a post-graduate student at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.  His post was carried in TOC here. Back …

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Singapore Flyer resumes operations after suspension from January’s technical issue

Singapore Flyer has announced that it resumed its operations on Sunday (1 April) after being suspended for experiencing a technical issue on 25 January early this year, which led to 61 passengers being stuck. In a Facebook post, it said that the necessary safety checks and tests have been carried out to the satisfaction of the relevant authorities, the Building and Construction Authority and …

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MARUAH issues statement on conduct of discussion by the Select Committee and the discussions on Deliberate Online Falsehoods

MARUAH, a human rights organization, has issued a statement in response to the discussions held by the Select Committee on Deliberate Online Falsehoods. The statement deals with two main areas, the conduct of the Select Committee and reflections on the Discussions on Deliberate Online Falsehoods (DOFs). The Select Committee’s Conduct In its statement, MARUAH expresses its dissatisfaction at the modus …

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Implementation of reduced off-peak toll charges at Second Link

Land Transport Authority (LTA) has announced on Monday (2 April) that the implementation of reduced off-peak toll charges at the Second Link commenced on Sunday (1 April). The authority stated that as announced by the Land Transport Authority on 9 February 2018, Singapore’s toll charges for all vehicles, except motorcycles, leaving and entering Singapore via Tuas Checkpoint have been reduced …

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Select Committee Chairman, Charles Chong’s response spurs ridicule from netizens on how the Select Committee hearings were carried out

The Chairman of the Select Committee on deliberate online falsehoods Charles Chong stated on Tuesday (3 April) that the committee will look into the allegations it has received on some of its public hearing sessions before issuing a response. MARUAH, a human rights organization, had issued a statement in response to the discussions held by the Select Committee on Deliberate Online …

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Potential PAP candidate from Facebook?

Facebook will need to answer if any of its current staff in Singapore have political affiliations with the ruling People's Action Party. In a statement released by the Singapore Democratic Party on 29 March, the party has sought answers from the social media giant. See post on its website. The clarifications sought include: Whether the Singapore government has requested for …

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Grace Fu talks about “opportunities” for young sportsmen but government actions show a complete lack of support

by Kwok Fangjie On Saturday (30 Mar), Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu posted an Instagram photo of herself watching a football match between Albirex Niigata and Tampines Rovers. The caption read “Opportunities for many young players” before including the hashtags #Singaporepremiumleague. After the mistake was pointed out and ridiculed by netizens, the Minister made corrections to her post. Netizen Ngan …

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