Daily Archives: 2019-10-10

Govt should increase legal protection of vulnerable groups and minorities, non-religious groups should be included in national interfaith discourse: Anthea Ong

The Government should increase legal protections to safeguard the psychological wellbeing vulnerable groups and minorities against religiously-motivated violence in Singapore, said Nominated Member of Parliament Anthea Ong in Parliament on Mon (7 Oct) Speaking during the debate on the Maintenance of Religious Harmony (Amendment) Bill, Ong said more must be done to protect the mental wellbeing of vulnerable groups and …

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Malaysia must scrap ‘cruel’ death penalty: Amnesty

Malaysian police sometimes use torture to extract confessions from suspects in death penalty cases and their trials are often unfair, Amnesty International said Thursday, piling pressure on the government to abolish capital punishment. The Southeast Asian country has the death penalty for dozens of crimes and it is mandatory for several offences, including murder and drug trafficking. A reformist alliance …

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CNB officer charged with assault to force a confession in drug case

An officer of the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) has been officially charged with three counts of assaulting a man to extort a confession in a drug case. The 32-year-old officer, Vengedesh ran Nainar Nagarajan is accused of punching, kicking, and slapping Sivabalan Kanniapan, on three different occasions on 2 January between 5.58am and 9.30am at the CNB office in Woodlands …

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ICA officer charged for receiving bribe to speed up PR application of a Malaysian

On Thursday (10 October), an Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) customer service officer was charged for taking bribes from a 24-year-old Malaysian woman who is applying to be a Singapore permanent resident (PR). In a joint statement by the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) and the police, it is revealed that 49-year-old officer, Lucy Teo, was charged with two counts …

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Govt “should re-evaluate” viewpoint on dissent and activism, youths must be given greater room to participate: Anthea Ong

The Government “should re-evaluate” its viewpoint on “advocacy, activism and dissent”, particularly concerning discourse among Singapore’s youths and their involvement in activism and advocacy, said Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP) Anthea Ong in Parliament on Mon (7 Oct). Following up on fellow NMP Walter Theseira’s comments during an adjournment motion titled “A Liberal Education and Corruption of the Youth of …

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Apple pulls Hong Kong app used by protesters after China warning

Apple on Thursday removed a Hong Kong map application used by pro-democracy protesters, saying it endangered police, after China warned the US tech giant to drop the app. According to a statement published by the makers of HKmap.live, Apple said “your app has been used in ways that endanger law enforcement and residents in Hong Kong”. The financial hub has …

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What recession means for properties

Last week, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Indranee Rajah told the media that Singapore hasn’t slid into recession yet. However, bad news keeps pouring in: Our manufacturing and exports contract sharply in August. Factory outlook from PMI falls to 3-year low in September. 2019 GDP growth is revised further down to between zero and 1 percent. A technical recession …

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