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Daily Archives: 2018-07-10

Body found submerged in Singapore River

A male body was found in the Singapore River near Robertson Quay on the morning of 10 July. The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it had received alerts regarding a "person who had entered the Singapore River" near 80 Mohamed Sultan Road, according to Channel NewsAsia. Subsequently, SCDF officers conducted a "surface search" in the area. Simultaneously, an underwater search …

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Inter-ethnic marriages continues on its upward trend and divorce rate down by 0.5% from previous year

The number of marriages in 2017 is more than the figures recorded in 2016, with inter-ethnic couples making up nearly a quarter of the 28,212 registered marriages, while the divorce rate fell. This is according to the Statistics on Marriages and Divorces 2017 report released by the Department of Statistics (Singstat) on Tuesday (10 July), 22.1 per cent of total marriages were inter-ethnic, …

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Indonesian-flagged ferry runs aground at southern tip of Pulau Tekong

An Indonesian-flagged ferry, Sri Kandi 99, ran aground on a rock bund at the southern tip of Pulau Tekong, within Singapore port waters at 11.42 pm on Monday (9 July) The Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) of Singapore stated that it received a report of the ferry, which was making a return trip from Panama-registered passenger vessel “Aegean Paradise”, anchored south …

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Former SMU Prof: While Malaysia progresses, Singapore regresses

Prof Bridget Welsh who was teaching political science in Singapore Management University (SMU) from 2009 to 2014 wrote an article saying that the 'New Malaysia' under the Pakatan Harapan government is making Singapore look 'outdated'. She opioned that Dr Mahathir's triumph in Malaysia's recent general election has exposed the many shortcomings of Singapore's current one-party rule. It's not known why …

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NEA to implement mandatory reporting of packaging data and waste reduction plans in 2020

National Environment Agency (NEA) has announced that companies in Singapore will have to report the packaging used in their products a year earlier than the previous deadline, in a national push to reduce waste. The announcements were made by Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Masagos Zulkifli, at the Opening Ceremony of the Clean Environment Leaders’ Summit 2018 on Tuesday …

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Poverty and economic inequality are “ideological” problems, not merely “financial” ones, says Singaporean sociologist

In response to a question by Alex Au, a renowned Singaporean blogger, on whether the current regime is post-ideological, local sociologist and Provost Professor at the Department of Sociology at the National University of Singapore, Professor Chua Beng Huat said that the pragmatism espoused by the People’s Action Party (PAP) government is very much ideological, contrary to what is often believed …

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SDP brings opposition parties together to hear Pakatan Harapan experience

Below is a blog post by Singapore Democrats The SDP held a forum this afternoon where opposition parties came together to hear how the Pakatan Harapan (PH; Alliance of Hope) achieved its historic victory in the recent Malaysian elections. The guest speaker was Mr Chua Tian Chuang, former Malaysian member of parliament and Chief of Information of Parti KeAdilan Rakyat (PKR; People's Justice Party). …

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