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“Political education” among Singaporeans crucial in building a functioning democracy: New Naratif chief editor Kirsten Han

It is important to imbibe Singaporeans, especially the youth, with political education in order to have a functioning democratic society, said Kirsten Han, editor-in-chief of Southeast Asian journalism platform New Naratif. Speaking on the second day of the inaugural FORSEA Conference and Democracy Fest at White Box, Publika in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday (17 Feb), Ms Han observed that Singapore …

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AWARE urges complete closing of gaps in rape law; urges further reform and public education on consent, repeal of Section 377A

Singapore’s leading gender rights organisation, AWARE in a statement, welcomed the moves in the Criminal Law Reform Bill, introduced in Parliament on Monday, that mostly remove marital immunity for rape, and expand existing rape and sexual assault laws – for the former, including non-consensual penetration to the mouth and the anus, and for the latter, including non-consensual penetration perpetrated by …

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PM says Chinese immigrants came to seek fortunes but many were fleeing from poverty due to opium menace

This Monday (4 Feb), Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong sent a Chinese New Year greeting message to all Singaporeans. “This year, we are commemorating the Singapore Bicentennial,” he said. “200 years ago, Stamford Raffles arrived in Singapore. That marked a crucial turning point in our history, including for our Chinese community. While Chinese junks had traded in Singapore as far …

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Real reason Raffles founded Singapore: To protect British interests in its lucrative opium trade with China

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong launched the Singapore Bicentennial celebration at the Asian Civilisation Museum on Mon (28 Jan). Straits Times reported it as 1819 marked the start of a modern and multicultural Singapore (‘1819 marked start of modern, multicultural Singapore: Lee Hsien Loong‘, 28 Jan). Although a thriving seaport existed in Singapore as early as the 14th Century, it …

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Upcoming RuPaul’s Drag Race “Werq the World” live show in Singapore to be “assessed” by IMDA for “content classification”: MCI

The Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) has received the arts entertainment (AE) licence application for the RuPaul’s Drag Race: Werq the World live show – based on the Emmy award-winning reality television series RuPaul’s Drag Race – and will assess the performance in accordance with the AECC, said Minister for Communications and Information S Iswaran on 15 Jan. Responding to Nee Soon Member of Parliament …

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Suicide rates among the elderly have increased – why?

In 2017, there were 361 recorded cases of suicides in Singapore according to the report on deaths and births by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority. 239 were male and 122 were female. The average age of those who died by suicide: 51 years old. Vice News recently highlighted the shocking rise of suicides among the elderly in Singapore, noting that …

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Singapore Really, Really Free Market is back again for the 10th year in a row

The Singapore Really Really Free Market (SRRFM) is a market organised by Post-Museum, a cultural and social enterprise. Based on a movement that started in America by anarchist groups in response to the ill effects of capitalism who wanted to promote a more environmentally and socially responsible lifestyle, a ‘really, really free market’ doesn’t involve money or trade at all. …

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