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Daily Archives: 2018-09-17

SIGEF 2018: Building a Sustainable, Inclusive Future

by Benjamin Cheah Sustainability, inclusivity and innovation were the watchwords of the Social Innovation and Global Ethics Forum (SIGEF) 2018. Held for the first time in Asia, the conference was organised by Horyou, which aims to connect a global network of changemakers. “Innovative technology is a powerful tool to channel private funds, boost the economy, drive sustainable development, and push …

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SDP questions latest amendment to election rules regarding ballot boxes

Statement by the Singapore Democratic Party on the proposed amendment to the Parliamentary Elections Act (PEA)  The proposed amendment to the Parliamentary Elections Act (PEA) regarding ballot boxes announced last week raises troubling questions. The amendment provides for the Elections Department (ELD) to disregard the vote count for a polling station if the votes in a sealed ballot box is lost …

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Response against abolition of section 377A, an emotional one. Govt’s role is to be logical and not pandering to emotions however strong

According to an on going Yahoo poll, it would appear that a majority of those surveyed do not think that more restrictions should be imposed on people smoking in their own homes. Smoking has proven scientifically to be harmful to health. Not just to the smoker but also to others around them through the inhalation of second hand smoke. That said, …

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The irony of the smart nation that was outsmarted by hackers

A cyber-security centre has opened in Thailand with the objective of  training personnel from countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in a bid to combat the threats of cyber attacks in the region. As Singaporeans will no doubt be aware, Singapore was the victim of a huge data breach earlier this year with the personal details of …

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Seriously, how many hubs does Singapore want to chase?

Here we go again - more news on how Singapore plans to ruin natural habitats while claiming to protect the environment. It would appear that the Mandai area in North Singapore, one of the very few relatively wild spots left in our urban jungle is going to be destroyed in order to create a sprawling eco - tourism hub. But seriously, …

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Singapore introduces world’s first unified payment QR Code – SGQR

The Singapore Quick Response Code (SGQR) has been officially launched today and will be adopted by 27 payment schemes including PayNow, NETS, GrabPay, Liquid Pay and Singtel DASH, and will be deployed progressively over the next six months. Launched Mr Ong Ye Kung, Minister for Education and MAS Board Member on Monday (17 September), Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and Infocomm Media Development …

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45 members expelled by Co-op over for holding no-confidence EOGM, Registar from MCCY aware of circumstances but sides with “illegal” management committee.

45 members were expelled in June this year after an “Emergency General Meeting” EOGM called by 68 members was held on May 18 to remove the Board of Directors of the TRC Multi-Purpose CooperativeSociety Ltd (“Co-op). Only the 45 who voted were expelled but the remaining few who left the meeting earlier were not affected. This included the Chairman Mr Kalaichelvan, …

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How can Education Minister Ong Ye Kung state barefaced that there is no discrimination against the LGBTQ community in Singapore ?

I fail to see how Education Minister Ong Ye Kung can state barefaced that there is no discrimination against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community in Singapore when section 377A remains on the statute books. While he asserts that the LGBTQ community "live in Singapore peacefully, no discrimination at work, housing (and) education", the fact that gay sex …

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