fbpx

Danisha Hakeem

“No call to action this year”, but “Be there”: Nephew of PM Lee on the eve of Pink Dot SG’s 10-year anniversary

The grandson of the late former Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew has encouraged local netizens to attend this year's Pink Dot celebration. The Pink Dot gathering, which is an annual event that celebrates the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) community in Singapore, will take place at Hong Lim Park tomorrow. Li Huanwu, who is also the nephew of …

Read More »

Local inter-university LGBT network expresses disappointment in MOE’s continuous “censorship and erasure” of LGBTQ+ issues

The Inter-University LGBT [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender] Network has expressed its disappointment over the Ministry of Education (MOE)'s choice "to censor and erase LGBTQ+ issues from young people in our schools". In a press release titled "Statement on the Censorship & Erasure of LGBTQ+ Issues by the Ministry of Education at TedxYouth SJI", the alliance stated that its Research & Advocacy …

Read More »

Malaysia seeks to stall high-speed rail joint project with Singapore, says Malaysian Prime Minister

Malaysia will look into negotiating the delay of the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail project, said Prime Minister of Malaysia Dr Mahathir Mohamad yesterday. Speaking to reporters at the Malaysian Parliament on 19 July, he said that the decision to negotiate a deferment was made after "having studied it [Malaysia's financial situation] and the implication of unilaterally discarding the contract". "When …

Read More »

Local netizens split on Benjamin Davis’ NS deferment affair

In a statement on 15 July, the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) announced that young midfielder Benjamin Davis' application for NS deferment due to his signing with newly-promoted English Premier League club, Fulham FC, was not approved, as he "does not meet the criteria for long-term deferment from full-time NS". Ben Davis' father, Harvey Davis, stated that his son will be carrying out …

Read More »

Traveller raises complaints regarding “eternal closure” of washroom for people with physical disabilities, “confrontational cleaners” at Woodlands Checkpoint

A reader has contacted The Online Citizen regarding the "eternal closure" of a washroom for persons with physical disabilities at the Woodlands Checkpoint after receiving what appears to him as unsatisfactory feedback from the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers. In an email to the ICA, he specified that "the toilet situated next to the bus queues (for SBSTransit Services …

Read More »

Davis’ signing with Fulham “meant to further his own professional career, not national interest”, has “no intention” to fulfill NS duties: MINDEF

The Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) has issued a second statement regarding Fulham footballer Benjamin Davis’ application for the deferment of his National Service (NS) duties. In an official reply to media queries dated 18 July, MINDEF declared that granting the exemption to him "would severely undermine the ethos and sacrifice of Singaporeans who have all put aside their personal interests …

Read More »

Ben will return to do NS, “unfortunate” that MINDEF thinks otherwise: Harvey Davis

The father of Singaporean footballer Benjamin Davis, who has signed a two-year contract with English Premier League club Fulham, stated that his son will be carrying out his National Service (NS) duties, contrary to the Ministry of Defence (Mindef)'s assumption regarding the issue. Yesterday, Harvey Davis said that he found it "unfortunate that MINDEF has an impression that Ben would not …

Read More »

Benjamin Davis’ case “merits serious consideration”, says Football Association of Singapore in support of his application to defer National Service obligations

In a press release dated 17 July, the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) have declared their strong support for midfielder Benjamin Davis' request to MINDEF to defer his National Service (NS) obligations. FAS explained the reason for their support: "At age 17, Benjamin has been given a contract to play football at a professional level with Fulham FC, in the …

Read More »

AGO: “Inadequate oversight” in contract managements, “lapses in evaluation” of tenders under MOE

In a report dated 3 July this year, the Auditor-General has revealed lapses in the spending of several ministries and government agencies, including, but not limited to, the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF), the Ministry of Education (MOE), and the People's Association. In the Auditor-General's report, lapses were found in the spending under MOE. Among them was the contract management of …

Read More »