No more safekeeping of salaries, MOM tells employers of domestic foreign workers

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) announced on Sunday (7th Oct) a new Work Permit condition that is designed to protect foreign domestic workers and employers from money-related disputes. The new condition which will take effect on 1st January 2019 will prohibit employers from holding on to paid salaries and other money belonging to the domestic foreign worker in their employ. …

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You can’t preach meritocracy without also addressing privilege

Channel News Asia (CNA) released a documentary recently called ‘Regardless of Class’ which talks about the class divide in Singapore. Presented by MP Janil Puthucheary, the 48 minutes documentary attempts to explore the reasons behind the class divide and what Singaporeans think about it through surveys and on-the-ground conversations. Response has been mixed with some people calling it a ‘mockumentary’ …

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Getting low income families involved in the conversation about poverty and inequality

On conjunction with the upcoming International Day for the Eradication of Poverty which falls on 17th October, charity organisation Beyond Social Services asked some young people from rental flat neighbourhoods to discuss their views on poverty and inequality in Singapore and the changes that they would like to see. In a discussion about the median household income in Singapore, the …

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AWARE welcomes repeal of marital rape and suicide decriminalisation, recommends clear definition of consent and comprehensive public education

Gender equality group AWARE released a statement recently applauding the repeal of marital immunity for rape and the decriminalisation of suicide in its submission to the public consultation on the Penal Code review. To increase reporting of sexual crimes, the group recommended comprehensive education for the public, professionals and all officials in the criminal justice system, and a clear definition …

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Police officer jumps into Rochor Canal to save drunk suspect

The Ministry of Home Affairs posted a video on their Facebook page today of an police officer who jumped into the Rochor Canal save the life of an alleged molestor. In the video, Sgt Desmond Heng recounts that he was looking around for the suspect who had allegedly molested a churchgoer. He then saw the alleged molester swim into the …

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It’s only a matter of time before 377A is repealed, says Ready4Repeal authors

At a private town hall discussion on 30th September, members of the ‘Ready4Repeal’ movement said that Singapore’s anti-gay law will be repealed in due course. The question is when, not if. The petition which was authored by filmmaker Glen Goei and legal trainee Johannes Hadi called for the removal of Section 377A of the penal code which criminalises sex between …

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