Daily Archives: 2019-11-19

Desperate Hong Kong protesters explore sewers in campus escape bid

by Anthony Wallace / Catherine LAI Arms covered in cling film and torches in hand as they drop into the sewers, clusters of pro-democracy protesters still inside a Hong Kong campus are plotting increasingly ingenious — and desperate — ways to escape a police siege. Among the detritus of a scorched and graffiti-sprayed concourse at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, several plastic …

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Chee Soon Juan slams MP Murali Pillai who feels MPs are not required to let go of their full-time jobs to be politicians

On Monday (18 November), the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) Secretary-General Chee Soon Juan took to his Facebook to voice his disagreement with a statement uttered by Bukit Batok MP Murali Pillai in 2016. Dr Chee recalls the 2016 by-election which he contested in, where he said that Members of Parliament (MPs) “should serve their constituents on a full-time basis and …

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Section 377A constitutional challenge: Expert evidence reveal sexual orientation cannot be changed at will, lawyers argue

The legal team advocating the repeal of Section 377A of the Penal Code — which criminalises acts of “gross indecency” between men — argued before the High Court on Mon (18 Nov) that sexual orientation is a product of genetic and environmental factors, and cannot be changed at will. Lawyers Eugene Thuraisingam, Suang Wijaya and Johannes Hadi of Eugene Thuraisingam …

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4 in 5 Singaporeans say salaries not matching up to costs and complain about wage stagnation

South China Morning Post reported yesterday (18 Nov) that based on a recent survey conducted by the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) at NUS, majority of Singaporeans are feeling “stuck in their social classes”. The findings, released last month (29 Oct) in a paper titled ‘Faultlines in Singapore: Public Opinion on their Realities, Management and Consequences’, covered some 4,015 people …

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Worrying economic trends as Singapore’s oil domestic exports decreased by 21.0% and non-oil domestic exports decreased by 12.3%

Things are not looking well for the local economy, according to the latest Enterprise Singapore data released on Monday (18 Nov). Both non-oil domestic exports (NODX) and oil domestic exports declined on a year-on-year (y-o-y) basis. And NODX has on the declining trend for the past eight months. On a y-o-y basis, NODX decreased by 12.3% in October 2019, following …

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Hong Kong university protesters defy surrender warnings

by Catherine LAI Dozens of exhausted pro-democracy protesters barricaded inside a Hong Kong university defied warnings Tuesday to surrender, as a police siege of the campus dragged into a third day and China sent fresh signals that its patience with nearly six months of unrest was running out. High school students were among those holed up inside the battered Hong …

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