The Online Citizen

Mainland Chinese student jailed in Hong Kong protests

A student from mainland China arrested at a Hong Kong democracy protest was sentenced on Thursday to six weeks in prison for possession of an offensive weapon — the city’s first such case involving a mainlander in almost five months of unrest. Since the first mass demonstrations in June, more than 3,300 people have been arrested in Hong Kong in …

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Skip the queue: Singapore hotels use face recognition check-in

Tourists visiting Singapore can now check-in at some hotels using facial recognition technology under a pilot programme that could cut waiting times and help tackle a labour crunch. The tech-savvy country of 5.7 million people is increasingly turning to automation to speed up services and deal with workforce shortages, with robots deployed for tasks ranging from cleaning to making noodles. …

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Boeing still hopes 737 Max will fly again this year

by Aishwarya KUMAR A top Boeing executive insisted Wednesday the aviation giant was confident its controversial 737 Max jets could be flying again before the end of the year. Darren Hulst, a Boeing vice-president, told AFP the firm was working with the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to end the grounding of the jets since two crashes which left 346 …

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Ex-Goldman banker in 1MDB case to face Malaysia trial next year

An ex-Goldman Sachs banker will stand trial in Malaysia in April over the 1MDB scandal after he returns from the US where he has also been charged, an official said Wednesday. Billions of dollars were stolen from Malaysian state fund 1MDB in a fraud allegedly involving former prime minister Najib Razak and his cronies, and spent on everything from high-end …

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Pro-Beijing politician wounded in Hong Kong knife attack

by Jerome TAYLOR / Yan ZHAO A firebrand pro-Beijing politician in Hong Kong was stabbed by a man pretending to be a supporter on Wednesday, the latest tit-for-tat political violence in a city engulfed by seething pro-democracy protests. The attack came as the Hong Kong’s unpopular leader Carrie Lam said her resolve to crack down on the protesters had been …

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Malaysia hands jail term to laundrette cat killer

A Malaysian man who killed a pregnant cat by putting it into a laundrette dryer has been sentenced to 34 months in jail, official media reported, in a case that sparked outrage. K. Ganesh was handed the prison term Tuesday after being found guilty of breaking animal protection laws at the self-service laundry outside Kuala Lumpur in September last year, …

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Duterte foe accepts Philippine drug war post

A fierce critic of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadly anti-drug war accepted a top post on Wednesday to help steer the campaign, pledging to halt killings of the innocent. While critics said the appointment is an effort to tarnish an adversary, the move will put Leni Robredo in the cockpit of the internationally condemned crackdown. Duterte offered the post to …

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PAP-dominated Parliament passed motion to call for WP’s Sylvia Lim, Low Thia Khiang to be recused from AHTC’s financial affairs

The motion calling for Aljunied-Hougang Town Council (AHTC) to require Workers’ Party (WP) leaders Sylvia Lim and Low Thia Khiang to “recuse” themselves from financial matters has been passed in Parliament on Tuesday (5 Nov). After a lengthy debate of more than four hours over the motion, 52 Members of Parliament stood in support of the motion and nine WP …

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Khush Chopra: Singapore’s strong stance against favouring foreigners and CECA

Will employment pass requirements be tightened or made more flexible? by Khush Chopra Mr Saktiandi Supaat, a People’s Action Party Member of Parliament asked for eligibility criteria for employment pass (EP) holders be tightened in Parliament yesterday. He said: “We cannot continue to have the inflow of foreign specialists in perpetuity without regard for the well-being of our Singapore core.” …

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Robin Low: Inability to admit mistake for lack of regulations for PMDs

by Robin Low I have seen more cities transform their infrastructure to be more friendly to cyclists, and when there are cycling lanes on the roads, laws that require cyclists to wear a helmet, and getting them to cycle in the direction of traffic. Wearing a motorcycle helmet correctly can reduce the risk of death by almost 40% and the …

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