Daily Archives: 2019-11-22

Fury as Singapore hangs Malaysian ‘drug mule’

Singapore hanged a Malaysian heroin trafficker on Friday, despite appeals from his homeland to stay a “heart-wrenching” execution that critics said was too extreme for a low-level drug mule. The city-state, known for strict enforcement of laws and low crime rates, steadfastly maintains that capital punishment is an effective deterrent against crime despite appeals from rights groups to soften its …

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Section 377A does not violate constitutional provisions, right to sexual freedom not “unenumerated” in Constitution

The right to sexual freedom or privacy is not inherently enshrined in the Singapore Constitution, and the legality of various forms of voluntary sexual conduct “are questions of societal values and morality” left for Parliament to decide, said the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC). “There is no unenumerated free-standing right to sexual freedom or privacy in the Constitution,” argued Deputy Chief Counsel …

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Black shadows in Hong Kong’s devastated campus

by Jacques CLEMENT Black shadows flitting around in small groups, deserted rubbish-strewn corridors and cockroaches in disemboweled kitchens: dawn broke on Friday to reveal a post-apocalyptic scene at a Hong Kong campus six days after a police siege began. In a near-empty, soundless labyrinth, Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) is decoupled from the cacophony of a brash, bustling city of …

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Indonesia ministries ban pregnant, LGBT job seekers: report

Several Indonesian ministries are banning pregnant, disabled, or LGBT job hunters in favour of what one called “normal” applicants, the Ombudsman said Friday, slammed as “arbitrary and hateful restrictions” by a rights group. The report comes as the world’s biggest Muslim majority country takes applications from millions of candidates who are applying for some 200,000 civil-service jobs nationwide. Indonesia, a …

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PM Lee reassures PAP’s mission “has not changed” — but Lee Hsien Yang says ruling party “no longer the PAP of my father”

The People’s Action Party (PAP)’s mission “to build a fair and just society” for all “has not changed” since its inception, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Thu (21 Nov). In an open letter published on the PAP website yesterday, Mr Lee said that PAP’s goal “to spread the benefits of progress widely to all” has stayed the same, …

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Calls to abolish death penalty in Japan as Francis visit looms

On the eve of a visit by Pope Francis to Japan, activists called Friday on the government to declare a moratorium on executions as part of an Olympic truce to mark Tokyo 2020. The pope is expected to shine a spotlight on the death penalty in Japan, where it enjoys considerable popular support despite criticism from rights groups. He may …

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High spirits at Singapore’s school for gin

by Catherine Lai In a Singapore distillery, the smell of pine, citrus and flowers fills the air as students crush juniper berries, blending them with their own choice of ingredients to make custom gin with an Asian twist. Gleaming copper stills and glass beakers line the counters, and one wall is taken up by a cabinet filled with jars of …

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