Daily Archives: 2019-05-30

After the pink dot scatters

(Content warning: Homophobic and transphobic violence) by Nabilah Husna Singapore’s first report on LGBTQ women‘s experiences of violence and discrimination was met with crickets from the government and mainstream media. Prejudice and hatred shape LGBTQ lives, but their stories are often drowned out by state silence. 377A and marriage equality — likely the go-to topics when you bring up LGBTQ issues to a random …

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Reuters wins SOPA Award for its reporting on the Rohingya crisis

The Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA), a Hong Kong based not-for-profit organisation, has declared Reuters as the winner of the SOPA Award for Public Service Journalism in its story titled “Erasing the Rohingya”. The announcement was made on Wednesday evening (29 May) in Hong Kong at the SOPA 2019 Award Gala Dinner attended by about 270 media executives, editors, …

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Malaysia to utilise Huawei’s technology “as much as possible”: Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, in response to US’s blacklist of tech giant

Malaysia will peruse Chinese technology giant Huawei’s equipment “as much as possible”, as the company offers “tremendous” advantages “over American technology”, said Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad at the 25th International Conference on The Future of Asia in Tokyo on Thu (30 May). Bloomberg also reported Dr Mahathir as saying in late April during a visit to Huawei’s Beijing office …

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Not about S. China Sea dispute anymore but working with China for ‘stable and inclusive region’

MINDEF announced yesterday (29 May) that China and Singapore have agreed to revise a defence pact so as to “deepen defence ties and step up bilateral engagements on various fronts” for both countries. During a meeting between Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen and his Chinese counterpart General Wei Fenghe in Singapore yesterday, both welcomed the conduct of Exercise Cooperation involving …

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SDP chief Chee Soon Juan criticises PAP ministers’ high salaries in contrast with elderly Singaporeans not having enough to live off, slams PAP MP Lee Bee Wah’s “Ah Kong” analogy

The secretary-general of the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) Chee Soon Juan has released a video criticising the People’s Action Party’s (PAP) ministers’ high salaries in light of findings by the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP) at the National University of Singapore, which suggested that retirees need at least S$1,380 monthly to get by in Singapore. In reference …

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MOM: Total wage continued to grow as the economy and labour market improved in 2018

More employees received wage increases and total wage continued to grow at a faster pace than in 2017, even after accounting for inflation as the economy and labour market improved in 2018, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) announced on Wednesday (29 May). The ministry also stated that establishments’ practices on wage increases and variable payments were aligned with the 2018/2019 …

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