Daily Archives: 2019-09-05

Lawrence Wong: Funding up to S$100b to combat climate change could be gathered from borrowing, ministry budgets and reserves

On Tuesday (3 September), Second Minister for Finance Lawrence Wong revealed in Parliament that it would be possible for the Government to fund S$100 billion needed for climate change measures by using a combination of borrowing, ministry budgets and reserves. “We will need a combination of funding methods to finance the various climate change adaption measures,” Mr Wong said. Mr …

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NMP Anthea Ong calls for an end to mechanical restraints, encourages more preemptive support programmes for troubled families and increase kinship care in foster system

On Tuesday (3 September), Minister for Social and Family Development Desmond Lee presented the Children and Young Persons (Amendment) Bill for debate. The proposed changes in the Act, which was last amended in 2011, include increasing the age limit to protect children below 18, instead of the current age of 16. This means authorities are given the rights to intervene …

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Joseph Nathan: Why can’t we agree to disagree and avoid unnecessary conflict?

by Joseph Nathan When the Press Secretary of Prime Minister (PM) Lee Hsien Loong asked The Online Citizen (TOC) to remove an allegedly “libellous” article and Facebook post, and apologize by this Wednesday or face legal action, many Singaporeans were left puzzled and confused. Suddenly, many started inquiring about the content of the original posts and the whole “inquisition” suddenly …

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Hong Kong leader calls for dialogue after protesters reject concession

by Jerome TAYLOR / Yan ZHAO Hong Kong’s leader Thursday urged pro-democracy protesters to end their demonstrations after her surprise decision to bow to one of their key demands was condemned as too little, too late. Carrie Lam, the city’s pro-Beijing chief executive, surprised many on Wednesday when after three months of rallies she suddenly announced she was scrapping a …

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Indonesia starts restoring internet access in unrest-hit Papua

Indonesia has started restoring internet access in restive Papua, which has been gripped by two weeks of mass protests sparked by anger over racism and fresh calls for self-rule. A low-level insurgency against Indonesian control has simmered for decades in Papua, the country’s easternmost territory and Jakarta has responded to the recent deadly riots by flooding the region with thousands …

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Workers’ Party MPs and candidates walk the ground and unfazed by the sudden announcement of EBRC

Members of the Workers’ Party (WP) and candidates have been walking the ground and meeting residents in their constituency during house visits. Despite the sudden announcement of the formation of the Electoral Boundary Review Committee (EBRC) yesterday (4 September) by the Elections Department, these individuals seem unfazed by the news and continued meeting regular Singaporeans to speak with them. As …

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WP MP Leon Perera notes only 8 per cent of declassified govt documents in National Archives accessible online, calls for freer access

The government should grant greater, “freer” access to declassified government documents in the National Archives, said Workers’ Party Non-Constituency Member of Parliament Leon Perera. “The declassification of British colonial government documents relating to Singapore from the 1950s and 1960s provided a valuable resource for historians and others seeking to better understand that period in our nation’s history. “I urged that …

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Bangkok tops in 2018 for international visitors: report

Bangkok ranked first in 2018 for the fourth straight year as the city with the most international visitors, according to an annual report by Mastercard released Wednesday. With almost 23 million international visitors last year, the Thai capital outpaced both Paris and London, which were second and third with just over 19 million visitors. Other top cities in order were: …

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