Daily Archives: 2019-08-20

Hong Kong officers arrested for beating man in hospital

Two Hong Kong police officers were arrested Tuesday after a video emerged of them beating an older man on a hospital trolly, heaping further pressure on a force already facing accusations of brutality. The footage, recorded in late June, shows two uniformed officers assaulting the man with batons and holding a cloth over his mouth. There are no other people …

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Twitter, Facebook accuse China of HK discord campaign

by Yan ZHAO / Esther Chan Twitter and Facebook have accused the Chinese government of backing a social media campaign to discredit Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement and sow political discord in the city. The American tech giants announced Monday they had suspended nearly 1,000 active accounts linked to the campaign, while Twitter said it had shut down about 200,000 more …

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Refugees protest in Indonesia over Australia border policy

Thousands of refugees protested in Indonesia Tuesday, saying they had been stranded in the Southeast Asian nation for years because of Australia’s tighter border policies. Demonstrations were held in several cities including the capital Jakarta and Makassar on Sulawesi island where some 600 protesters demonstrated in front of the Australian consulate. They presented a letter to diplomats calling on Canberra …

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ST Engineering to launch trial of driverless buses booked with an app

SINGAPORE (AFP): Singapore will next week begin a public trial of driverless buses that can be booked with an app, part of ambitions to roll out autonomous vehicles across the city-state. Well-organised and high-tech, Singapore has become a testbed for self-driving vehicles, developing home-grown technology and inviting foreign companies to trial their own. Four driverless mini-buses will follow a 5.7 …

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M’sia, S’pore reach “some sort of understanding” on suspended JB-S’pore RTS project: Anthony Loke

Malaysia and Singapore have reached “some sort of understanding” on the Johor Bahru-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS). Malaysia’s Transport Minister Anthony Loke told reporters following the 4th Annual China-Malaysia Port Alliance Meeting in Kuala Lumpur on Mon (19 Aug) that updates on the project are on the way, and that the governments of both countries are “closely behind the scene”. “We …

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Singapore is the 3rd most-surveilled city outside of China, says report

Singapore is the 11th most-surveilled city in the world, according to UK comparison website Comparitech, and 3rd most-surveilled outside of China. According to the rankings released by Comparitech on 15 August based on a study of 120 cities, Chinese cities have some of the highest number of CCTV cameras per person. In Singapore, Comparitech notes there are about 15.25 cameras …

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Soh Rui Yong: “I am still willing to give it a try to meet Singapore Athletics, but without Malik’s attendance”

National marathoner Soh Rui Yong took to his Facebook today (20 August) to highlight that he has now decided to give Singapore Athletics (SA) a shot and is willing to meet them, but without its Executive Director Malik Aljunied’s attendance. The marathoner mentioned that following the whole Ashley Liew Sportsmanship tale and the 2019 Sea Games selection saga, he tried …

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Duo arrested for importing more than S$8,000 in counterfeit perfumes and cosmetics

The police have arrested two women, aged 21 and 23, for their suspected involvement in the importation and possession of counterfeit perfume and cosmetic products for trade, said the authorities in a statement. In a 19-hour operation on 6 August, officers from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Singapore Police Force (SPF)  mounted a raid at Tampines North Drive …

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Utusan Malaysia to cease rolling out print copies starting 21 Aug

Malaysia’s oldest Malay-language newspaper Utusan Malaysia will cease its print publication tomorrow (21 Aug) until “an undisclosed date” after eight decades of its establishment. New Straits Times reported today (20 Aug) that Utusan‘s editorial team were informed in a special briefing that the decision was made due to a lack of funding to maintain its operations. Kosmo! editor Lokman Othman …

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Johor’s goal to be water self-sufficient will not affect the Malaysia-Singapore water agreement, says Malaysian Minister

Johor plans to be self-sufficient with water instead of purchasing treated water from Singapore, says Dato’ Osman Sapian, a Minister in Johor’s state legislative assembly and former Chief Minister of Johor. At a special session with the Malaysian Prime Minsiter Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed and other cabinet members in Putrajaya, the Dato’ Osman said that details of the plan are …

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