Monthly Archives: February 2019

The Singapore government’s apparent sensitivities for foreign interference would hold a lot more weight if it didn’t have apparent loose canons like Kausikan muddying the waters.

Singapore is certainly no stranger to being sensitive about so called “foreign interference” in our domestic affairs. It is after all in name of the foreign bogeyman that our former Prime Minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew (LKY) has sued numerous foreign publications for commenting on the domestic affairs of our nation state. LKY had also used the alleged threat of …

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“Re-position” Sentosa as “the new Bali” for tourists: City Developments Ltd Executive Chairman Kwek Leng Beng

Singapore should “re-position” Sentosa as “the new Bali” for tourists, said City Developments Ltd. Executive Chairman Kwek Leng Beng. Bloomberg reported Mr Kwek as saying on Thursday (21 Feb) that “Sentosa was touted when it first started for the rich and famous”, and that over time, Singapore had overlooked the island. “Her parents just forgot about this young lady … …

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BG Kelvin Khong Boon Leong to take over as Chief of Air Force

Brigadier-General (BG) Kelvin Khong Boon Leong, currently Chief of Staff-Joint Staff (COS-JS), will take over from Major-General (MG) Mervyn Tan Wei Ming as the Chief of Air Force (CAF) on 22 March 2019. MG Mervyn Tan Wei Ming, 46, joined the SAF in 1990 and was awarded the SAF Overseas Training Award (Graduating) in 1992. According to the ministry, MG …

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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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