Daily Archives: 2019-10-17

Indonesia’s anti-graft bill ushered in after deadly protests

A controversial law critics say would weaken Indonesia’s anti-corruption agency came into effect Thursday after it sparked nationwide protests that left at least three students dead and scores injured. The new bill was introduced as the Southeast Asian nation is on high alert ahead of President Joko Widodo’s second-term inauguration Sunday, after Islamic State-linked militants tried to assassinate a government …

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Section 377A originally enacted to deal with rampant male prostitution in S’pore, provision no longer serves original purpose today: Ex-CJ Chan Sek Keong

The controversial Section 377A of the Penal Code, widely believed to be a piece of legislation that criminalises sexual intercourse between two men, was in fact enacted as a means of dealing with rampant male prostitution in the late-1930s, said former Chief Justice Chan Sek Keong in a 72-page article in the Singapore Academy of Law Journal published on Mon …

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China irked by Nobel Peace Prize nomination for Hong Kong

China called for foreign governments not to interfere in its affairs Thursday, after a Norwegian politician nominated the “people of Hong Kong” for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize. Semi-autonomous Hong Kong has been hit by months of pro-democracy protests, which Beijing has portrayed as riots fuelled by foreign forces. “Hong Kong affairs are purely China’s internal affairs and no foreign …

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China slams US restrictions on Chinese diplomats as ‘groundless’

China on Thursday slammed as “groundless” a US decision to order Chinese diplomats to notify the State Department before meeting with local officials, in the latest spat to strain bilateral relations. Washington — which called the move “reciprocal” — announced the decision Wednesday in response to the inability of US diplomats to meet with a range of Chinese officials and …

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Malaysia looks to strengthen navy as sea tensions grow

Malaysia must strengthen its navy to better defend the country’s waters, a minister said Thursday, as tensions mount over Beijing’s growing assertiveness in the contested South China Sea. China has laid claim to nearly all of the sea and has built numerous military outposts on small islands and atolls, angering other countries with competing claims to the waters, including Malaysia. …

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Technology is creating both new challenges and new opportunities for the financial crime compliance community, says Singapore regulator at ICA’s 2nd APAC Conference

The evolution of technology is enabling myriad capabilities for regulatory and financial crime compliance, but it is also presenting complex financial crime risks, according to a representative from the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) at the International Compliance Association’s 2nd APAC Conference, taking place on 16-17 October 2019 in Singapore. Delivering the opening keynote speech yesterday (16 Oct), Loo Siew …

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Hong Kong lawmakers dragged from chamber as leader heckled for second day

by Jerome TAYLOR / Jasmine LEUNG Pro-democracy lawmakers were dragged out of Hong Kong’s legislature by security guards on Thursday after they heckled the city’s pro-Beijing leader for a second day running, the latest outburst of political rancour in the strife-torn city. Chief Executive Carrie Lam has faced an outpouring of anger from her opponents since the legislature opened its …

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Catering firm fined S$5,000 for improper food storage and poor maintenance

Catering company AG (Global) Events Catering was fined S$5,000 today for the improper storage of food and poor maintenance of its premises. In a statement by the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) (16 October), a routine inspection of the AG’s premises by the SFA on 19 June revealed several lapses including the improper thawing of raw mean, contamination of uncovered cooked …

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Drug trafficker who made allegations against former lawyers loses appeal, judgment reserved in co-accused’s appeal against death sentence

45-year-old Ranjit Singh Gill Menjeet Singh will have to spend his remaining life behind bars and be caned 15 strokes for trafficking in 35.21g of diamorphine, as the Court of Appeal threw out his appeal based on, among other things, allegations that his lawyers at trial had failed to present his case according to instructions. The fate of his co-accused …

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