Danisha Hakeem

Young graduates struggle with increasing uncertain career prospects as Singapore’s labour market undergoes disruption

As labour markets worldwide – including in Singapore – undergo disruption in multiple forms, particularly with the advent of globalisation and rapid technological developments, fresh university graduates in Singapore seem to struggle with being employed in positions and sectors in their field of study. Around 5.2 per cent of working-age Singaporeans below 30 years old are unemployed as of Q1 …

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Scammers posing as ‘Chinese officials’ dupe victims of S$4.8mil in first quarter of 2019; Police issue advisory

In a bid to combat cases involving scammers impersonating “Chinese officials” which re-emerged in the first quarter of this year, resulting in S$4.8mil in total being fraudulently obtained from victims, the Singapore Police Force has issued an advisory regarding the modus operandi of such scammers and ways to avoid falling prey to such scams. “Between January and April 2019, 65 …

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#PinkDot11: Young Singaporeans chime in on 377A, PM Lee’s recent comments, and voting LGBT-friendly candidates in the GE

Thousands of Singaporean teens and youths flocked to Hong Lim Park last Saturday (29 Jun) to gather for the 11th anniversary of the Pink Dot movement, which supports the right of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) Singaporeans to love and live freely without discrimination. TOC had the opportunity to interview more than a handful of such young Singaporeans, …

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“Tear down this law”: Pink Dot and Singapore’s LGBTQ community spell out need for Govt to repeal 377A in the wake of PM Lee’s comments — literally

“Please, Prime Minister Lee … Lead us. Tear down this law.” Such was the message conveyed by lawyer and Pink Dot SG spokesperson Paerin Choa at Hong Lim Park last Sat (29 Jun) — a message that reverberated like a clarion call among some thousands of Pink Dot 11’s attendees, prompting them to repeat after him, just minutes before the …

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Drug addiction a chronic medical condition; decriminalisation is not legalisation: Malaysia’s Health Minister on removing criminal penalties against personal drug use

While the move to decriminalise drug addiction stems from the understanding that addiction is a chronic medical condition requiring appropriate intervention instead of incarceration, the Malaysian government has stressed that decriminalisation is not the equivalent of legalisation. Health Minister Dzulkefly Ahmad, in an official statement yesterday (27 Jun), quoted former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s stance on governments’ approach in …

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Political turmoil over Hong Kong’s extradition Bill “not good” for Singapore: MAS managing director Ravi Menon

The “complementarity” between Hong Kong and Singapore as Asia’s prime financial hubs – despite popular perception of the two cities being fierce competitors – may signal trouble for the latter, as denizens of the Chinese special administrative region continue to push for the complete withdrawal of the controversial extradition Bill, said the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS)’s managing director Ravi …

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Govt restriction on distributing press releases to accredited alternative media – borne out of fear?

Just a fortnight ago, journalist Nicholas Yong of Yahoo! News Singapore shared his experience with receiving the short stick of the end of an “unequal access” to “the most important press releases, speeches and event invites” from government agencies, as a media practitioner from an alternative news outlet. Receiving press releases hours after mainstream media outlets have broken a story …

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