Daily Archives: 2019-12-02

Hong Kong deports Indonesian worker who reported on protests

Hong Kong on Monday deported an Indonesian domestic worker who had reported on the city’s ongoing protests, her supporters said, accusing authorities of a politically motivated expulsion. Award-winning writer Yuli Riswati was held for 28 days after failing to extend her visa and was put on a flight to Surabaya on Monday afternoon, a friend told AFP. A statement from …

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China slaps sanctions on US over Hong Kong unrest

by Helen Roxburgh and Jing Xuan Teng China suspended US warship visits and sanctioned American NGOs on Monday in retaliation for the passage of a bill backing pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. The financial hub has been rocked by nearly six months of increasingly violent unrest demanding greater autonomy, which Beijing has frequently blamed on foreign influence. Last week US …

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In the wake of POFMA being used, Dr PJ Thum reiterates the lack of evidence that Operation Coldstore about a communist conspirary

Historian Pingtjin Thum once again reiterated his assertion about Operation Coldstore that there was no evidence to show that those detained were involved in any communist conspiracy. In short Facebook post on 1 December, Dr Thum pointed out that since the government is now using the Protection against Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA), he wanted to make his position …

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PVP chief slams Govt decision to change S’pore’s National Anthem in absence of national referendum

The ruling People’s Action Party (PAP)’s decision to introduce a new rendition of Majulah Singapura, Singapore’s National Anthem, is “another sign of the PAP’s total disdain and disregard for the common Singaporean”, charged lawyer and People’s Voice Party chief Lim Tean. “There was no advance notice, no consultation whatsoever by this government … on a matter that is as important …

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Local commissions lead starting line-up alongside award-winning Canadian production for SIFA 2020

The Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) continues to break through with exciting debuts and triumphant conclusions in its 43rd year of festival-making. The first wave of productions for Singapore’s pinnacle performing arts event features new works from local theatre companies Nine Years Theatre, The Finger Players, and The Necessary Stage created in collaboration with international artists. Toy Factory Productions …

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Patient decries non-transparency in medical fees after being charged 40% more for same service at public hospital

A Facebook user, Michael Daryanani wrote in the Facebook group ‘Soul of Singapore’ some medical charges at government hospitals have increased by 40% in the last six months. Mr Daryanani wrote: “Have any of you realised that some medical charges at government hospitals have gone up by 40% within the last 6 months without the citizens knowing? Giving 25% subsidy …

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Singaporean theatremaker Zam joins hands with Gilbert Goh to offer financial aid to students with unpaid school fees

On Monday (2 December), local theatre-maker Muhammad Muazzam Amanah or better known as Zam took to his Facebook to pen his support towards activist Gilbert Goh for his effort to urge the Ministry of Education (MOE) to waive off unpaid school fees and return students’ result slips. This matter came to light in a separate Facebook post on Monday (25 November) where …

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Creative Nation to bring together more than 50 young social impact creators to champion a profitable future for businesses that brings positive societal impact

Creative Nation, a new social impact organisation, will officially be launched this coming Saturday (7 Dec) with the support of the National Youth Council of Singapore (NYC). This event will be Singapore’s first-ever youth-driven social impact convention. The Creative Nation launch, which will be held at the Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Cassia Ballroom, Level 3, from 11am …

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