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Strange for government to target “fake news” with regulations while open to working with tyrannical regimes which Facebook itself has condemned

In a move that has been described as "unusually prompt", Facebook has removed 18 accounts and 52 pages associated with the Myanmar military, including the page of its commander-in-chief, after a UN report accused the armed forces of genocide and war crimes. I applaud this swift action. As many have already noted, social media plays a major role in the spread of news, …

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Southeast Asian lawmakers call for international justice for Rohingya atrocities

Southeast Asian lawmakers from Singapore, Malaysia. Timor-Leste, Philipines and Indonesia have signed a statement calling for the international community to take urgent measures to hold accountable those responsible for human rights violations against the Rohingya people. They also call upon members of the United Nations Security Council to immediately refer the human rights situation in Myanmar to the International Criminal …

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51st ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and Related Meetings

Singapore is hosting the 51st ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) and Related Meetings from Monday (30 July) to Saturday (4 August). In a press release on Saturday (28 July), it is announced that Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan will chair the 51st AMM, 19th ASEAN Plus Three (APT) Foreign Ministers Meeting (FMM), 8th East Asia Summit (EAS) FMM, and 25th ASEAN Regional Forum …

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Singapore offers humanitarian assistance for floods in Laos

The Singapore Government has offered to send humanitarian supplies and equipment as well as personnel to assist Laos with the flood relief efforts following the collapse of the Xe Pian-Xe Namnoy hydropower dam in Attapeu Province, Laos on 23 July 2018. Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has announced on Wednesday (25 July) that the Singapore Government will make a contribution …

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Investigations into 1MDB-related activities in Singapore still running, said MAS managing director

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) is closely monitoring and probing new leads surfacing from Malaysia and elsewhere in relation to the 1MDB scandal, said MAS managing director Ravi Menon on 4 July. In a briefing on the central bank’s annual report, Mr Menon said that the MAS has “proactively” responded to “every request for information made by the Malaysian authorities," according …

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Social media giants have to take responsibility in today’s world of misinformation

Dr Cherian George, professor of media studies at the journalism department of Hong Kong Baptist University and a former journalist of The Straits Times in Singapore, has criticised social media giants such as Facebook for not being proactive enough in fighting the spread of deliberate misinformation and malicious content throughout its platforms. Speaking at a panel discussion on fighting fake news at …

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Remaining Malaysian Cabinet Ministers sworn in

KUALA LUMPUR, 2 July — A total of 13 ministers and 23 deputy ministers were sworn in before the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Muhammad V at the ceremony at the Istana Negara in the capital city. Among the Cabinet Ministers who were sworn in today were Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah as Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr Xavier Jayakumar as Natural Resources and …

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Mahathir, Jokowi discuss possibility of a joint automobile venture, Indonesian migrant workers’s rights in press conference at Istana Bogor

Earlier on 28 June, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Ali arrived in Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia. Indonesian President Joko Widodo and his wife Iriana greeted them upon arrival at the Halim Perdanakusuma international airport. This visit marks Dr Mahathir’s first ASEAN visit since his inauguration as Prime Minister on May 10. …

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Malaysia promises to repeal current Anti-Fake News Act

The controversial Anti-Fake News Act 2018 (AFN Act) of Malaysia is set to be repealed in its first Parliament sitting after its 14th General Election on 16 July. This is according to a letter dated June 11 by Amran Mohamed Zin, the ambassador and permanent representative of Malaysia to the United Nations office and other international organisations in Geneva. Mr …

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