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No personal attacks against Education Minister Ong Ye Kung, criticise govt policies and ideologies instead: Playwright Alfian Sa’at

In the aftermath of the Yale-NUS saga, playwright Alfian Sa’at has encouraged the public to refrain from making personal attacks and “derogatory comments” against Education Minister Ong Ye Kung, following the latter’s comments in Parliament on Mon (7 Oct). In delivering his speech on the cancellation of the Yale-NUS programme and guiding principles for educational institutions in Singapore, Ong quoted part of …

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Bus, train fares to increase by 7 per cent starting end of Dec

Starting 28 Dec, commuters will be subject to a seven per cent increase in bus and train fares due to a global rise in fuel and energy costs last year, on top of a rise in wages of local manpower and “other macroeconomic factors”, according to the Public Transport Council (PTC) on Tue (9 Oct). PTC chairman Richard Magnus said, …

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Yale-NUS criticised for allegedly scapegoating playwright Alfian Sa’at over programme cancellation

Yale-NUS College’s cancellation of the “Dissent and Resistance in Singapore” programme has attracted much controversy and criticism from academicians, as well as practitioners in media and the arts. The programme, which has been since renamed “Dialogue and Dissent in Singapore”, was scheduled to be run by Alfian and programme manager Tan Yock Theng of NUS. It was originally slated to …

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Playwright Alfian Sa’at “a loving critic” of S’pore, freedom of speech includes right to disagree with govt: Veteran diplomat Tommy Koh

Local playwright Alfian Sa’at is “a loving critic of Singapore” and “one of our most talented playwrights”, said veteran diplomat Tommy Koh. In a Facebook post on Tue (8 Oct), Prof Koh stressed that Alfian “is not anti-Singapore”, adding that freedom of speech should not only be limited to views that concur with the establishment, but also those that are …

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SDP visits PSP chief Tan Cheng Bock’s house during rounds last Thu, discuss impending GE

The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) visited Progress Singapore Party (PSP) chief Tan Cheng Bock’s residence while making its house visit rounds last Thu (3 Oct). In a Facebook post the following day, SDP said that the purpose of its Holland-Bukit Timah Group Representation Constituency (GRC) team’s visit to Dr Tan’s house was “to carry on discussions about the impending GE [General …

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HSBC seeks to retrench up to 10,000 more employees: Financial Times

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HSBC is planning to lay off up to 10,000 staff, a report said Monday, just weeks after its chief executive stepped down and announced the axing 4,000 posts citing a weak global outlook. The latest cuts mostly in high-paid roles are part of a fresh cost-cutting drive by new boss Noel Quinn as the banking titan struggles to adjust to …

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Yale-NUS controversy: Playwright Alfian Sa’at rebuts allegations of rejecting feedback and revisions to programme

Playwright Alfian Sa’at last Fri (4 Oct) gave his account of the events, following a report by Yale regarding findings from its review on Yale-NUS College’s cancellation of the “Dissent and Resistance in Singapore” programme. The programme, which has been since renamed “Dialogue and Dissent in Singapore”, was scheduled to be run by Alfian and programme manager Tan Yock Theng …

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Hong Kong protestors arrested for defying mask ban make court appearance

by Jerome TAYLOR / Pak YIU Hong Kong democracy protesters arrested for defying a new face mask ban appeared in court on Monday following a violent weekend of unrest which saw bloody clashes with police and widespread vandalism that crippled the city’s train network. The international finance hub convulsed with three straight days of rallies and riots after the city’s …

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Anti-establishment parties battle political elite in Tunisia legislative elections

by Caroline Nelly Perrot Tunisians headed to the polls Sunday for the third round of legislative elections since the country’s 2011 revolution, weeks after a presidential vote swept aside the post-Arab Spring political establishment. Polling stations for the seven-million electorate were set to remain open until 6:00 pm (1700 GMT), with preliminary official results scheduled for Wednesday although exit polls …

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