Daily Archives: 2019-06-10

More than a million gathered in Hong Kong to protest against the extradition law

The streets of Hong Kong were filled with over one million people yesterday (9 June) as they gathered in a mass protest against the government’s controversial extradition bill, says the organiser. Hong Kong Free Press (HKFP) reported that Jimmy Sham, a spokesperson for organisers, noted that approximately 1.03 million people took part in the rally – a figure that was …

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Is denying air-conditioning to subsidised wards a form of classicism?

A member of the public raised her concern over the lack of air-conditioning in subsidised wards in a letter published by the Straits Times on 3 June. The letter written by Lily Ong noted that patients in Class C wards are left to the mercy of the sweltering heat that is blanketing Singapore as those wards are not air-conditioned. Noting …

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MARUAH calls on the Government to do more for senior citizens in Singapore

MARUAH, a human-rights NGO, asks the Government to provide more for older people in Singapore, including those who are 55 and above. This is because there have been studies and reports on how seniors in the country are just not coping well, financially, and in some instances, in self-management. The latest study, using the Minimum Income Standards (MIS), was released …

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SDP population policy: Hire Singaporeans first, retrench Singaporeans last

The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) is looking to make alterations on the immigration policy, stating that the country is allowing “too many foreign workers into Singapore to displace local PMETs (professionals, managers, executives, and technicians).” In a press release on Saturday (8 June), the party proposed adopting a more careful and judicious approach when it comes to allowing foreigners to …

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Where is the leadership?

by Brad Bowyer Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong makes a statement that many think was undiplomatic and is rightly questioned for it but what has the reaction been? Instead of any critical discussion on whether the twice repeated statement was called for and a clear action being taken we now have: – Debates going on about historical interpretation and justifications …

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Bhutan succeeds India in decriminalising homosexuality as National Assembly passes Penal Code amendment

Less than a year after its neighbour India repealed a colonial-era law which criminalised homosexuality for centuries, the kingdom of Bhutan’s National Assembly had almost unanimously passed an amendment to the nation’s Penal Code on Fri (7 Jun). Local dailies Kuensel and The Bhutanese reported that only one parliamentarian in Bhutan’s lower house of Parliament voted against the amendment to repeal …

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MFA says Singapore did not support the Khmer Rogue but LKY’s book reveals that it provided US$55 million in aid to the Cambodian resistance movement against Vietnam

PM Lee Hsein Loong generated some bad press recently when he posted an excerpt of his controversial condolence letter on the passing of former Thailand Prime Minister and Privy Council President General Prem Tinsulanonda in which he touched Vietnam’s intervention in Cambodia in the late 70s, describing as an ‘invasion’. The PM’s post garnered heated attention on social media having …

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PDPC fines computer service vendor S$4,000 over programming error resulting in disclosure of NSmen’s personal data

The Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC) has issued a S$4,000 fine against a computer service vendor for a programming error that resulted in the disclosure of the personal data of over 400 national servicemen (NSmen) in Jun last year, comprising the NSmen’s login identification, email addresses, delivery addresses and mobile numbers. Option Gift Pte Ltd, the vendor responsible for handling …

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