Daily Archives: 2018-06-29

Malaysia promises to repeal current Anti-Fake News Act

The controversial Anti-Fake News Act 2018 (AFN Act) of Malaysia is set to be repealed in its first Parliament sitting after its 14th General Election on 16 July. This is according to a letter dated June 11 by Amran Mohamed Zin, the ambassador and permanent representative of Malaysia to the United Nations office and other international organisations in Geneva. Mr …

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British High Commissioner to Malaysia tells her story in London

by Tan Wah Piow Vicki Treadell, the British High Commissioner to Malaysia said at a meeting held at the Portcullis House of the House of Commons that some politicians in the then Najib’s government had wanted the British Foreign Office to replace her because of her contacts with opposition politicians and civil society. This Ipoh-born British diplomat explained how, through …

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SDP: Ensure structural safety of HDB blocks before injury or death result

Below is a blog post by Singapore Democrats A decorative panel fell 40 storeys from an HDB block in Bendemeer Road “with a loud crash” next to a playground. Luckily, no one was injured. The mishap could have been deadly – involving children. In response to queries from The Straits Times, HDB and the Jalan Besar Town Council (JBTC) said: “The …

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Less judgment and more focus on how we can help is needed

The plight of a visually impaired senior citizen denied government aid has put the spotlight on the work of social workers of late. While I don’t doubt the good intentions of the social worker in question, I do wonder if an over reliance on frameworks and an overly fixed mindset has produced a rather unfair and inaccurate result. Based on …

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Dockless bike-sharing and the politics of eyesores

by Kuo Much of the anger has been directed at the company oBike itself, for not refunding the deposits which rightly belong to its customers.  That has indeed been the fault of the company, and based on what the news media has been preparing us for, these deposits will likely never be returned.  However, many of us (especially the news media) overlook …

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What kind of society do we want to live in?

by Kokila Annamalai In the ongoing debate about poverty and inequality in Singapore (which is very welcome, and I hope we’re able to continue holding space for more voices and views to emerge, especially that of low-income families, which in my view is the most crucial and conspicuously absent from the conversation so far), I find it helpful to recognise that …

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Social workers also tackle structural conditions that lead to poverty

Below is the full version of a letter which was published in the Straits Times Forum on 27 June 2018 and was published on Facebook as an open letter. by Ms Han Yah Yee Dr Ng Kok Hoe Dr Sudha Nair’s recent commentary highlights the challenges of social work practice with families facing multiple difficulties ($500 a month on cable TV …

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Four things millennials must do to become millionaires

by ValuePenguin Most young adults seem to believe that they will be very successful. But, belief often isn’t enough to bring about true success. Here, we’ve prepared a few realistic tips that millennials can adopt to improve their odds of becoming millionaires. According to a recent survey by TD Ameritrade, 53% of millennials believe that they will become millionaires. But, we all know …

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