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Daily Archives: 2018-09-18

Goh Chok Tong clarifies that he does not receive ministerial pay as ESM

Former Prime Minister and Emeritus Senior Minister, Goh Chok Tong has taken to his Facebook page to clarify that he does not receive a ministerial salary even though he has the title of ESM. ESM Goh pointed to the recent post by Factually, the website managed by Ministry of Communication and Information, which sought to debunk online falsehood on the …

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803g of heroin and 5g of ‘Ice’ seized in CNB Operation

A total of about 803g of heroin and 5g of ‘Ice’ were seized in an operation conducted by the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) on Monday (17 September). In a press release on Tuesday (18 September), the bureau stated that four suspected drug offenders, all Singaporean males, were arrested.  The estimated worth of the drugs seized in this operation is about …

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Rewcastle-Brown’s detention begs the question of SG’s role for her fear in 2015 fraud conference

News of the detention of prominent investigative journalist, Clare Rewcastle-Brown in Singapore at the Woodlands Checkpoint and the information since reported is concerning. While the detention did not last for very long, the fact that Rewcastle-Brown was even stopped is disturbing. Why was an alert raised for her in the first place? She is instrumental in revealing the gargantuan levels …

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Nine new Nominated Members of Parliament appointed

The names of nine candidates that make up the new batch of Nominated Members of Parliament (NMP) were announced yesterday (17 Sep) by Leader of the House Grace Fu. Ms Fu, who is part of the Special Select Committee that chose the NMPs, noted that the nine candidates were picked for their "good credentials in their respective fields" and will …

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Irregularities cited in “Keep 377A” petition signees by reader, asks what Govt is doing to protect SG’s secular democracy from religious groups

In a submission to TOC, a reader has raised his concerns regarding the dubiousness of a particular petition that calls for the retention of Section 377A in the Penal Code – a piece of legislation that criminalises sexual relations between two male adults – which has been a hotly debated subject of late. The reader raised several "serious issues" regarding "this …

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Bert & Ernie of Sesame Street are actually gay and in love

In an exclusive interview by reporter David Reddish on Queerty, writer and creator of Sesame Streets’ Bert & Ernie, Mark Saltzman revealed that the iconic puppet duo are in fact modelled on his relationship with his life partner the late Arnold Glassman – the two were partners for over 20 years before Glassman’s passing in 2003. In the interview, Saltzman …

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Accomplice of ex-RSAF engineer in cheating conspiracy jailed for 14 months

A man was sentenced to 14 months of jail yesterday (17 Sep) for assisting his longtime friend, who is formerly an engineer with the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF), in cheating the Government of more than S$632,000. Jeevan Arumugam, 48, testified before District Judge Shaifuddin Saruwan that his actions resulted from "a pure lapse of judgement," and that Rajkumar …

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Financial crisis coming? We haven’t learned from the last one yet!

Ten years have passed since the collapse of Lehman Brothers. Did the world learn anything from the 2008 financial crisis? Are we heading for the next economic disaster? Rush in quick. Get out fast Speaking to CNBC’s "Crisis on Wall Street: The Week That Shook the World" documentary, Warren Buffet commented that another financial crisis is inevitable because of human …

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