Daily Archives: 2019-06-28

Drug addiction a chronic medical condition; decriminalisation is not legalisation: Malaysia’s Health Minister on removing criminal penalties against personal drug use

While the move to decriminalise drug addiction stems from the understanding that addiction is a chronic medical condition requiring appropriate intervention instead of incarceration, the Malaysian government has stressed that decriminalisation is not the equivalent of legalisation. Health Minister Dzulkefly Ahmad, in an official statement yesterday (27 Jun), quoted former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s stance on governments’ approach in …

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13th Parliament performance: MPs who asked the most and least questions

As you might already know, Parliament is set to reopen in July. On top of that, the speculation on the ground is that the next general election is likely to happen in September this year. With that in mind, it’s about time for us to take stock of how Singapore’s Members of Parliament have been performing. We’ve already looked at …

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Political turmoil over Hong Kong’s extradition Bill “not good” for Singapore: MAS managing director Ravi Menon

The “complementarity” between Hong Kong and Singapore as Asia’s prime financial hubs – despite popular perception of the two cities being fierce competitors – may signal trouble for the latter, as denizens of the Chinese special administrative region continue to push for the complete withdrawal of the controversial extradition Bill, said the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS)’s managing director Ravi …

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Hong Kong fact checkers urge citizens to be vigilant of online falsehoods

Hong Kong fact checkers remind citizens to be vigilant against content spreading online that could be fabricated with the intent of pitting people each other, a strategy commonly used by the Communist Party to divide the masses. Even as the people in Hong Kong continue to push for the total withdrawal of the controversial Extradition Bill, pro-establishment social sites are …

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Govt restriction on distributing press releases to accredited alternative media – borne out of fear?

Just a fortnight ago, journalist Nicholas Yong of Yahoo! News Singapore shared his experience with receiving the short stick of the end of an “unequal access” to “the most important press releases, speeches and event invites” from government agencies, as a media practitioner from an alternative news outlet. Receiving press releases hours after mainstream media outlets have broken a story …

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Secrecy surrounding ISA detainees

by Teo Soh Lung There is an air of secrecy surrounding the arrest and detention of people under Singapore’s Internal Security Act (ISA). They disappear suddenly from our midst. Except for family members and close friends, the rest of Singapore does not have a clue that they have been arrested and put away indefinitely without trial. We don’t know where …

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