Daily Archives: 2018-10-10

Singapore Unbound condemns conviction of Seelan Palay and urges for his sentence and conviction to be quashed

Singapore Unbound issued a statement today strongly condemning the conviction of artist-activist Seelan Palay for holding a piece of art outside Parliament in 2017. The courts fined Mr Palay S$2,000 for his artistic demonstration which it ruled to have caused public disorder. He refused to pay, so consequently, he was sentenced to two weeks’ imprisonment. In their statement, Singapore Unbounded …

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Amnesty International: First convictions under ‘contempt of court’ law confirms fears over muzzling critics

On 11 May 2018, the Attorney-General’s Chambers of Singapore (AGC) charged Jolovan Wham and John Tan with “scandalising the judiciary”. Wham, a human rights activist, was charged for his Facebook post on 27 April 2018 stating that “Malaysia’s judges are more independent than Singapore’s for cases with political implications.” Tan, a senior member of opposition party – the Singapore Democratic …

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MOF warns public of bogus SG Bonus text messages

Ministry of Finance warned members of the public of various bogus text messages asking for personal information regarding SG Bonus. In a Facebook post on Tuesday (9 October), the ministry stated that about 2.8 million adult Singaporeans will be receiving a one-off SG Bonus by the end of this year. It noted that those who have registered their mobile number with SingPass …

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Civil rights activist Jolovan Wham and Singapore Democratic Party’s John Tan convicted under new contempt of court laws over Facebook posts allegedly “scandalising the judiciary”

Civil rights activist Jolovan Wham and Singapore Democratic Party (SDP)’s John Tan Liang Joo became the first individuals to be convicted under new laws governing instances of contempt of court in Singapore, particularly the Administration of Justice (Protection) Act 2016, which came into effect on 1 Oct last year. In deciding that Mr Wham and Mr Tan were guilty of contempt …

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