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Daily Archives: 2018-07-26

Incongruous that we are hosting international footballers but denying the opportunity of one of our own

Football fans are eagerly awaiting the friendly games that Singapore will be hosting which features internationally famous team Arsenal. While the football stars tour Singapore and make appearances, I cannot help but wonder if the Ministry of Defense (Mindef) have missed a trick by rejecting footballer Ben Davis' request to defer his national service (NS). Football generates intense attention and …

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New statutory board, “Singapore Food Agency” to take over food-related functions of AVA, NEA and HSA

A new statutory board, The Singapore Food Agency (SFA), will be formed under the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR) to oversee food safety and security. In a joint statement on Thursday (26 July), MEWR and Ministry of National Development (MND) stated that SFA will bring together food-related functions currently carried out by the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of …

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The Naysayer’s Book Club is a book every Singaporean should have on their reading list

Journalist-turned-author, Simon Vincent recently launched his book, The Naysayer's Book Club: 26 Singaporeans You Need To Know, which shines a spotlight on the spectrum of naysaying in Singapore’s civil society, putting front and centre a life of ideas and imagination. At the book launch event, Vincent moderated a short panel discussion with three of the personalities mentioned in the book: Tay Kheng …

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LGBT community should not face discrimination, especially in the workplace: Malaysian Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department

The rights of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community in Malaysia are still subject to existing laws in the country, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Mujahid Yusof Rawa on 23 July. Speaking in Parliament on Monday, he reasoned that the government took note the majority of Malaysians' backlash against public expressions of the LGBT community. Translated …

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Singapore offers humanitarian assistance for floods in Laos

The Singapore Government has offered to send humanitarian supplies and equipment as well as personnel to assist Laos with the flood relief efforts following the collapse of the Xe Pian-Xe Namnoy hydropower dam in Attapeu Province, Laos on 23 July 2018. Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has announced on Wednesday (25 July) that the Singapore Government will make a contribution …

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LTA: Commuters can now travel smarter with “Travel Smart Information”

Commuters can now travel smarter with "Travel Smart Information" under a programme which the Land Transport Authority (LTA) will pilot from July this year. In a press release on Thursday (26 July), LTA stated that to help commuters have more comfortable rides, location-specific information such as the more crowded travelling times and train cars will be put up at 20 …

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New trains to replace first-generation Fleet, set to arrive in 2021

66 new trains were purchased for the North-South and East-West Lines (NSEWL), with the option of long-term service support, worth approximately $1.2 billion from Bombardier (Singapore), designated to replace the 66 first-generation trains that have been serving commuters since the NSEWL commenced operations in 1987. The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has announced in a press release on Wednesday (25 July) …

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Nat-Geo magazine fully funded by MCI to promote the PAP’s version of Singapore?

According to reports, it would appear that the Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI) has paid National Geographic to create a special Singapore edition magazine in line with its #WhatMakesSG campaign. While it is being called a "collaboration" between MCI and National Geographic, the fact that the magazine is completely funded by MCI would indicate that it is less of a partnership …

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SOSMA among draconian laws that will be repealed, says Malaysian Prime Minister

Laws that are considered draconian will be repealed by the new Government, particularly the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (SOSMA), said Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad. Speaking at the Coalition of Klang Chinese Associations´(CKCA) Tabung Harapan Fund Raising Dinner on 23 July, he highlighted the unfairness of SOSMA, which was enacted during former Prime Minister Najib Razak's tenure. Dr Mahathir …

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