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Daily Archives: 2018-08-08

Is PAP learning to build “Potemkin villages” from the Russians?

In 1787, Grigory Potemkin, a Russian minister and governor of Crimea, wanted to impress the Russian Empress Catherine II during her official visit to Crimea. He quickly directed his people to erect fake portable villages along the banks of the Dnieper River in order to fool the Empress into thinking that the Crimean area had become prosperous. As soon as …

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Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak charged with money laundering

Former Malaysian premier Najib Razak has pleaded not guilty to three charges of money laundering brought against him today in relation to SRC International, a former subsidiary of the state investment fund 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). He was charged under s.4(1)(b) Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act for allegedly funnelling RM42 million into his personal …

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Superyacht Equanimity brought back to Malaysia; 1MDB claims ownership

Equanimity, the US$250 million (S$342 million) superyacht allegedly owned by Low Taek Jho, Malaysian financier on the run and one of the central figures in the 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal, was brought back to Malaysia on 8 August with the assistance of Indonesian authorities. According to the press release by the Attorney-General of Malaysia, Mr Tommy Thomas, the …

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Senior Minister of MEWR says no to plastic bag charge

The issue of plastic pollution in Singapore continues as questions are raised in Parliament for the Senior Minister of State for Environment and Water Resources (MEWR), Dr Amy Khor. Right now, discussions are rife about whether or not the government should implement a charge on single-use plastic bags. When asked, Dr Khor noted that the ministry is serious about tackling …

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On pay and political sacrifice, Indonesia’s Sri Mulyani Indrawati would put PAP Ministers to shame

Last week, former Prime Minister and Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong touched on the sensitive issue of high Ministerial salaries. He was responding to concerns from a 70-year-old resident at Braddell Heights, Abdul Aziz on whether the country would come up with an elderly pension fund, perhaps by cutting the defence budget or by reducing Ministerial salaries. ESM Goh had said …

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Fair Trial – Right to Trial by Jury

by Varatharajah Rajaselvan I aver that the summary abrogation of the 'right to trial by jury' is the root cause of the consequential erosion of an accused's 'right of defence', and other impediments in general to the CPC [Criminal Procedure Code]. The repeal of the legal process of the jury-trial procedure in post-independence '60s, is an anachronism that has impaired …

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