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Daily Archives: 2018-09-19

Southeast Asian NGOs call upon United Nations to act urgently to bring justice for Myanmar’s atrocities

The United Nations and its member states must act urgently to investigate and prosecute those responsible for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes said Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Progressive Voice and Women’s Peace Network – Arakan following the release of the full report of the Independent International Fact Finding Mission on Myanmar (IIFFMM), today, which …

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Thai national who lost Singapore citizenship fined S$6,000 for defaulting on National Service obligations

24-year-old Thai-born Ekawit Tangtrakarn was sentenced to a fine of S$6,000 yesterday (18 Sep) for defaulting on his National Service (NS) obligations, marking the first prosecution of an NS defaulter who is no longer a Singapore citizen. Previously on 28 Aug, Ekawit pleaded guilty under the Enlistment Act for staying outside Singapore without a valid exit permit for 5½ years. …

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EMA working with industry to establish cause behind electricity supply disruption on 18 September

Energy Market Authority (EMA) has announced that its preliminary findings show that on 18 September, one of the power generating units at Sembcorp Cogen Pte Ltd (Sembcorp) tripped. On 18 September 2018, there was an electricity supply disruption from 1.18am to 1.56am. About 146,500 customers were affected and supply was restored within 38 minutes. EMA stated that the stability of the …

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Najib Razak arrested over RM2.6bil in personal account; scheduled to be charged in court 20 Sep

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was arrested today (19 Sep) over a 1MDB-related scandal, one of which involves the siphoning of RM2.6bil from the state fund into his personal bank account. The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) announced that it has made the arrest at its headquarters in the adminstrative capital of Putrajaya at 4.13 pm. The commission added that …

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Govt recycles public land vacated by HDB dwellers to developers for building private condos

Blogger Philip Ang posted a write-up on Sunday ('PAP ministers lie about recycling land to provide affordable public housing', 16 Sep) highlighting that some of the HDB lands were not recycled to build affordable public housing but sold for profits to developers to develop private condominiums instead. "PAP ministers have repeatedly told Singaporeans that public land will be recycled after …

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What is the majority view on 377A in Singapore?

by ZeeDee Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam has said on 8 Sept 2018, that “the majority are opposed to any change to section 377A, they are opposed to removing it.” But is there really a majority that are opposed to repealing 377A? A 2014 survey conducted by the Institute of Policy Studies(IPS) found that 78.2% of respondents found that …

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Drivers apprehensive over new levy rates for bookings set by ComfortDelGro; National Taxi Association to raise concerns to LTA and CCSS

The decision of Singapore's largest taxi operator, ComfortDelGro, to adjust its levy structures against bookings recently has alarmed its cab drivers, as drivers begin to worry about the impact of the adjustments on their own earnings. From next Tuesday onwards (25 Sep), cab drivers under ComfortDelGro are obliged to pay a levy of 3.9 per cent for every booking that …

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Warning issued to public on fraudulent website soliciting Bitcoin investments

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) warned on Tuesday, that a fraudulent website has been soliciting investments in Bitcoins using fabricated comments attributed to MAS Chairman and Deputy Prime Minister, Tharman Shanmugaratnam. It stated that the website’s article on Bitcoins is highly deceptive and misleading. MAS stressed that the statements attributed to DPM Tharman are completely false, apart from his observation …

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