Daily Archives: 2019-11-10

PMD footpath ban a last resort in dealing with errant riders after lack of improvement with previous measures: Senior Minister of State for Transport

The Government’s decision to ban the use of e-scooters or personal mobility devices (PMDs) on footpaths is a last resort in dealing with errant riders, following a lack of improvement with previous measures, said Senior Minister of State for Transport Lam Pin Min. In a Facebook post on Fri (8 Nov), Lam said that the Government has introduced several measures …

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Hong Kong police watchdog unequipped to probe protest response: experts

Hong Kong’s police watchdog is currently unequipped to investigate the force’s handling of months of pro-democracy protests, a panel of international experts appointed by the city’s own government has found. The international finance hub has been upended by five months of huge and increasingly violent rallies, but Beijing has refused to give in to most of the movement’s demands. One …

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China calls for tough security laws to end Hong Kong turmoil

China has said the lack of tough security laws in Hong Kong is a key reason for months of increasingly violent pro-democracy demonstrations and that the enactment of such legislation is an “urgent task”. The call — likely to further inflame protesters angry with a police response seen as heavy-handed — came in a lengthy statement issued late Saturday by …

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Trundling into trouble: Singapore targets e-scooters after accidents

by Catherine Lai Tiny Singapore had embraced electric scooters in a big way, but deaths and fires linked to the two-wheelers have prompted authorities to introduce tough rules that could put a brake on their runaway success. The contraptions have popped up in cities worldwide but pedestrians in many places have come to see the silent machines as menaces, and …

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S’pore laws grant police “arbitrary powers” to deny issuing public assembly permits: Civil rights activist Jolovan Wham

Singapore law grants upon the police force “arbitrary powers” to “deny a permit without explanation”, said civil rights activist Jolovan Wham on Thu (7 Nov). Commenting on the Singapore Police Force (SPF)’s announcement regarding denying the issuance of permits for public assemblies espousing the political causes of foreign countries, Wham said that such a view is contrary to what is …

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Ban on use of e-scooters on footpaths a means of “returning footpath safety to pre-PMD days”: Transport Minister

The ban against the use of e-scooters on footpaths is a means of “returning footpath safety to pre-PMD days”, said Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan. In a Facebook post on Fri evening (8 Nov), Khaw said that “Singaporeans have largely welcomed the decision to prohibit e-scooters from footpaths”, particularly in light of the number of accidents traced back to the …

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Minister Chan Chun Sing throws smoke bomb on CECA concerns, by stating FTAs created more jobs for Singaporeans

Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing said on Saturday (9 Nov) that the Singapore-India Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) does not grant Indian nationals unconditional access into Singapore or immigration privileges. Claims that the bilateral agreement has cost job opportunities for Singaporeans aim to stoke fears in times of economic uncertainties, said Mr Chan. Media reports over Chan’s statement …

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