Danisha Hakeem

Hong Kong protests: UN human rights chief condemns “all acts of violence from all sides”

UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said Saturday she was “troubled” by Hong Kong’s increasingly violent pro-democracy protests, and stressed that any measures to quell the unrest must be grounded in law. The city endured another night of chaos Friday, after leader Carrie Lam banned face masks at demonstrations, invoking colonial-era emergency powers not used for half a century. Hardcore …

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UN human rights chief supports M’sian govt moratorium on death penalty, urges withdrawal of stifling laws including Sedition Act

The United Nations’ (UN) seventh High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Sat (5 Oct) expressed her support for the Malaysian government’s moratorium on the death penalty, and welcomes its establishment of a special task force on alternative forms of punishment. Speaking to reporters at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Bachelet said: “I encourage the Government to sustain …

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Possible reintroduction of GST: Respect mandate given by Malaysians in last GE, PH presidential council will decide, says Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng

The Malaysian government needs to “respect the mandate” given by Malaysians in the last General Election (GE) unless there is “incontrovertible evidence” that the people want the Goods and Services Tax (GST) to be reinstated, said the country’s Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng. Lim told reporters today (4 Oct) after the Ministry of Finance’s monthly assembly that it was evident …

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eSports professionals a rarity in academically-oriented Singapore

by Sam Reeves / Martin Abbugao In a country highly focused on academic achievement, Singaporean Galvin Kang Jian Wen did something almost unthinkable — he stopped studying as a teenager to spend more time playing computer games. He defied parental and social disapproval after his high school finals to pursue his dream of becoming an eSports champion, but believes the …

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Suspects of Indonesia’s forest and land fires largely comprise S’pore and M’sian firms: Environment and Forestry Ministry Director-General

A large number of the companies being investigated by the Indonesia’s Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) for their involvement in forest and land fires leading to haze are foreign ones, including those from Singapore. Indonesian daily Tempo reported Wed (2 Oct) that two of the 20 foreign companies that have been publicly identified by KLHK as suspects are Singapore-based …

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POFMA to take effect starting 2 Oct

The Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA) will take effect starting Wed (2 Oct), five months after Parliament had passed the legislation in May, according to the Government Gazette on Tue (1 Oct). The notice reiterates that the Info-communications Media Development Authority has been appointed as the “Competent Authority” under the Act by the Minister for Communications and …

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