Daily Archives: 2019-02-22

Joint statement by international human rights NGOs condemns sentencing of human rights defender Jolovan Wham

We, the undersigned human rights organisations, strongly condemn the politically-motivated prosecution of Singaporean human rights defender Jolovan Wham. After convicting Wham in January 2019 of ‘organising a public assembly without a permit,’ the State Court sentenced him, on 21 February, to a fine of S$3,200 (US$2,367), or by default, 16 days in prison. The imposition of a criminal punishment that …

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MOM: Fewer workplace fatalities in 2018, but number of non-fatal injuries grew

The number of workplace fatalities fell slightly from 42 in 2017 to 41 in 2018, a record low in workplace fatalities, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) announced in a press release on Thursday (21 February). The ministry stated that this continues the trend of declining workplace fatalities since the Workplace Safety and Health Act was enacted in 2006, noting that …

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Merdeka Generation Package is evidence of PAP failure

by Khush Chopra Prof Teo You Yenn, Associate Professor and Head of Sociology at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore in an op-ed for Straits Times today, wrote that “introducing one-off, cohort-based rewards is, arguably, not a principled, sustainable, or solidarity-enhancing way to protect people in retirement.” The author of “This Is What Inequality Looks Like”, also noted that the need for …

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NTU Students lead campaign to improve urinary health in local community

Private Matters is Singapore’s first health communications campaign on Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) that aims to raise awareness of the severity of UTI and its consequences, as well as encourage adoption of simple lifestyle behaviours to reduce the risk of contracting UTI. An initiative led by four undergraduates from Nanyang Technological University, Private Matters wants to change perceptions in Singapore …

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First SAF Inspector-General takes office on 27 February 2019

Brigadier-General (BG) Tan Chee Wee appointed to be the first Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Inspector-General (IG). In a press release on Friday (22 February), the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) stated that BG Tan will assume office on 27 February 2019. Brigadier-General (BG) Tan Chee Wee, who is currently Director Joint Operations, will also concurrently assume the appointment of Chief of …

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Pakatan Harapan’s internal chaos fuelling frictions between Malaysia and Singapore: Bilahari Kausikan

Singapore is being used as a scapegoat to divert attention from political infighting among parties within the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition, said Singapore’s former Ambassador-at-Large Bilahari Kausikan, in reference to the heightened tensions between Malaysia and Singapore in the recent months since the coalition came to power on 9 May last year. The Malaysian Insight reported Mr Kausikan as saying …

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About 1 kilogram heroin seized and five arrested in Jalan Bukit Ho Swee

A total of about 974g of heroin and 11g of ‘Ice’, estimated to be worth about S$70,000, were seized and five suspected drug offenders were arrested in an operation conducted by the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) on Wednesday (20 February). The bureau said in a press release on Thursday that in the pre-dawn hours of 20 February 2019, CNB officers …

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