Daily Archives: 2019-05-15

A democratic warning and a wake up call for everyone

by Brad Bowyer Many academics have attempted to define what constitutes a democratic country and while some details differ, they essentially have three core elements. These are free and fair elections, free speech and association for healthy public discourse, and an evenly applied rule of law with no exemptions. When these three are in place and maintained diligently then we …

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Malaysian teen took own life after Instagram poll

by Patrick Lee A Malaysian teenager who posted an Instagram poll asking if she should live or die took her own life after a majority of respondents voted for the latter, sparking calls for an investigation. The unidentified 16-year-old from Kuching in eastern Sarawak state died after posting the poll Monday on the Facebook-owned picture-sharing platform. Police have classified the …

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Lazada and Shopee, top e-commerce mobile shopping apps in Southeast Asia, according to market survey by iPrice Group and App Annie

In today’s rapidly growing e-commerce world, mobile applications play an important role. Based on a report by Google and Temasek, there are more than 350 million internet users in Southeast Asian countries like Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesian, Thailand and Vietnam. More importantly, more than 90% of Southeast Asians connect to the internet mainly through their mobile devices, and this figure is …

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Police warn of scams involving fake Lazada prizes

Singapore Police Force (SPF) warned member of the public of scams involving fake Lazada campaigns offering prizes. The Police stated that it has received at least 14 reports of scams since January 2019. According to the police, the victims were contacted by the scammers on Instagram with the total amount cheated was at least S$14,000. In these case, scammers would …

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Case Study: A curious case of “no money down” property schemes

We present the case of John and his parents. John is an undergraduate student who has taken finance and investment classes that cover a range of asset-types, including real estate. During a family dinner, when discussing a module that John was taking in the university, Real Estate Investments and Finance, his parents divulged that they have made a real estate …

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Tougher sanctions for students guilty of sexual misconduct, including one-year suspension and even expulsion: NUS review committee on sexual misconduct

A minimum suspension of one year and even expulsion for “severe offences” are among stiffer sanctions recommended by the National University of Singapore (NUS)’s review committee on sexual misconduct. Local media reported that the committee’s chairperson Kay Kuok announced the proposals via an e-mail circular to students and staff on Wed (15 May). The recommendations were made in the wake …

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