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Hong Kongers await Beijing olive branch after rare calm

Hong Kongers have delivered a clarion call for change over the last fortnight with a landslide local election defeat for the government and more than one in ten hitting the streets peacefully on Sunday — but will Beijing listen? Monday marks the sixth month anniversary of a movement that has upended the semi-autonomous Chinese hub’s reputation for stability and blanketed …

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Sport Singapore CEO BG Lim is the grandson of war hero, MG Lim Bo Seng

Last Friday (6 Dec), Sport Singapore CEO Lim Teck Yin apologised to the public in a letter to ST Forum for the massive traffic jams built-up in the city area during the marathon race on 30 Nov (‘Sport Singapore CEO BG Lim “apologises” for massive traffic jams in last Sat’s marathon run‘). The marathon was held in the evening for …

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RSF: Government uses “anti-fake news” law to eliminate public debate

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) in a statement on Friday, expressed that it is appalled by the totalitarian aspects of Singapore’s new, highly controversial “anti-fake news” law, under which the authorities issued two directives ordering “corrections” to Facebook posts within the space of a week. Below is RSF’s report and comments on the new law and the takedowns. The “corrections” are …

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New CIVICUS Monitor report shows civic space remains ‘obstructed’ in Singapore as the numbers living in repressive states in Asia increase

Findings based on data released today by the CIVICUS Monitor, a global research collaboration which rates and tracks respect for fundamental freedoms in 196 countries. The People Power Under Attack 2019 report shows that the assault on civil society and fundamental freedoms has persisted in Asia. In this region, out of 25 countries, four are rated as closed, eight repressed and ten obstructed. …

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Bukit Batok fire: JCTC to issue Non-Performance notice to contractor tasked to maintain hose reels, accuses JKeart of negligence

The Jurong-Clementi Town Council (JCTC) will issue a Notice of Non-Performance to J. Keart Alliances Pte Ltd (JKeart) for allegedly failing to ensure that a selector switch at the pump room was correctly set after a maintenance exercise of the pumps carried out two weeks beforehand. JKeart, the contractor responsible for maintaining the hose reels at Block 210A at Bukit …

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Creative Nation to bring together more than 50 young social impact creators to champion a profitable future for businesses that brings positive societal impact

Creative Nation, a new social impact organisation, will officially be launched this coming Saturday (7 Dec) with the support of the National Youth Council of Singapore (NYC). This event will be Singapore’s first-ever youth-driven social impact convention. The Creative Nation launch, which will be held at the Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Cassia Ballroom, Level 3, from 11am …

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Mother demands for voluntary NS and better treatment and procedures for dealing with mentally ill servicemen

Following the death of full-time national serviceman (NSF) Muhammad Ahad Lone last year which was ruled a suicide, the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it has enhanced its support programme for National Service recruits who are struggling to adjust. These include changes to the interview session and providing additional assistance to those who do not have family locally. The conversation …

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Section 377A does not violate constitutional provisions, right to sexual freedom not “unenumerated” in Constitution

The right to sexual freedom or privacy is not inherently enshrined in the Singapore Constitution, and the legality of various forms of voluntary sexual conduct “are questions of societal values and morality” left for Parliament to decide, said the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC). “There is no unenumerated free-standing right to sexual freedom or privacy in the Constitution,” argued Deputy Chief Counsel …

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