Danisha Hakeem

“Activism does not go against Lasallian values; it is central to it”: St Joseph Institution alumni

In a submission to TOC, an alumnus of St Joseph Institution (SJI) has expressed his disappointment towards the anti-activism stance held by the current heads of his alma mater, and their subsequent silence regarding the matter. The alumnus wrote that “many alumni of the school were in shock, and there have been intense debates on closed Facebook groups” regarding Vice-Principal …

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Dr Thum afforded “special treatment in his representation” by the Select Committee: Workers’ Party Secretary-General Pritam Singh

Local historian Dr Thum Ping Tjin received “special treatment in his representation” due to his “singling out” of the People’s Action Party (PAP) in his submission to the Select Committee on Deliberate Online Falsehoods, said Workers’ Party Secretary-General Mr Pritam Singh in response to what has been observed by several activists and members of the public as “complicit silence” on the …

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Select Committee on DOF accuses historian Thum Ping Tjin of lying about his credentials, and ignores everything else he wrote in his submission

Historian Dr Thum Ping Tjin was specifically targeted by the Select Committee on Deliberate Falsehoods over his academic credentials, stating that it afforded “no weight” to his views, as he is not a “credible representor” in its view. In a 273-page report that was released on Thursday (20 Sep), the Committee, which is chaired by Deputy Speaker of Parliament Charles …

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Criminal sanctions, rigorous fact-checking, and public education among recommended solutions to spread of online falsehoods

Increased accessibility to technological social platforms such as WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter has enabled the uncontrolled dissemination of deliberate online falsehoods, or colloquially known as “fake news,” amongst the public. To combat the spread of such disinformation, the Select Committee on Deliberate Online Falsehoods has put forward several recommendations in a report that was released on Thursday (20 Sep). Among …

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Anwar Ibrahim: Singaporeans should decide whether the country should move on to a more vibrant, democratic reform

De facto president of Malaysia’s Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR – People’s Justice Party) and Prime Minister-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim revealed that watching Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s inauguration as Prime Minister on television in May made him think that he should have been sworn in instead of his former political rival. Speaking in response to a Raffles Institution student’s query as to what he …

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Credit Suisse: Private apartments projected to be a better store of value than HDB resale flats

A Credit Suisse report published on Wednesday (19 Sep) predicted an increase in the price difference between private apartments and Housing and Development Board (HDB) resale flats in the foreseeable future. This prediction was made based on the expectation that the Voluntary Early Redevelopment Scheme (VERS) introduced by the Government might not be able to pacify buyers’ apprehension regarding the …

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Singapore hotel tycoon’s alleged involvement in Maldives’ rampant corruption revealed in leaked files

Singaporean luxury hotelier Ong Beng Seng was accused of being involved in what was dubbed by reporters of the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) as “an orgy of corruption” in the Maldives. Ong, who is the co-founder and managing director of Hotel Properties Limited (HPL), which owns the Four Seasons and Hilton hotels in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, the United …

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Thai national who lost Singapore citizenship fined S$6,000 for defaulting on National Service obligations

24-year-old Thai-born Ekawit Tangtrakarn was sentenced to a fine of S$6,000 yesterday (18 Sep) for defaulting on his National Service (NS) obligations, marking the first prosecution of an NS defaulter who is no longer a Singapore citizen. Previously on 28 Aug, Ekawit pleaded guilty under the Enlistment Act for staying outside Singapore without a valid exit permit for 5½ years. …

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