Singapore ranked as one of the 10 worst countries in tackling inequality

Singapore is one of the worst performing countries in the world at tackling inequality, according to a newly released edition of the Commitment to Reducing Inequality Index developed by Oxfam and Development Finance International. The index, which ranks 157 countries on their policies on social spending, tax, and labor rights is being published ahead of this week’s meeting of finance ministers and other …

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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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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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