Law & Order

Section 377A constitutional challenge: Expert evidence reveal sexual orientation cannot be changed at will, lawyers argue

The legal team advocating the repeal of Section 377A of the Penal Code — which criminalises acts of “gross indecency” between men — argued before the High Court on Mon (18 Nov) that sexual orientation is a product of genetic and environmental factors, and cannot be changed at will. Lawyers Eugene Thuraisingam, Suang Wijaya and Johannes Hadi of Eugene Thuraisingam …

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Outrage of modesty prevention posters carry “strong deterrent message” to potential perpetrators indifferent to harm their victims may suffer: Police, in response to AWARE’s criticisms

The recent posters that highlight the punishments for committing certain crimes, including outrage of modesty, are aimed at sending “a strong deterrent message” to potential perpetrators, said the Singapore Police Force (SPF) on Sat (16 Nov). Said posters, which are among the latest additions to SPF’s lineup of crime prevention visuals, were “designed to warn would-be offenders, who are unable to …

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Singapore fines UBS $8 mn for deceptive trades

Singapore has fined Swiss banking giant UBS Sg$11.2 million ($8 million) after investigations showed its advisors deceived clients about prices for bonds and other financial products. The city-state’s central bank, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), said UBS had admitted liability for its advisors’ actions and paid a civil penalty. “The conduct of UBS through its representatives is unacceptable and …

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“You take all our freedom!” Food-delivery PMD riders lament their frustrations to Jurong GRC MP Ang Wei Neng over e-scooter ban

About 70 food-delivery riders showed up at the Meet-the-People Session (MPS) held in Taman Jurong yesterday evening (11 Nov) to urge the government to lift it’s e-scooter ban on footpaths. Dressed in their food-delivery attire, they expressed their concerns to Mr Ang Wei Neng, Member of Parliament (MP) for Jurong GRC, who sat in to hear their appeal on behalf …

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WP MPs, PRPTC to appeal against High Court judgement in AHTC case

Three Workers’ Party (WP) Members of Parliament (MP) – Sylvia Lim, Pritam Singh and Low Thia Khiang – and the Pasir Ris-Punggol Town Council (PRPTC) have appealed against a High Court judgement in which the WP MPs were found guilty of breaching their duties as the Aljunied-Hougang Town Council (AHTC) town councillors. A Supreme Court spokesperson told The Straits Times …

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WP MPs under no legal obligation to recuse themselves from AHTC financial matters, premature to comment on potential criminal or civil liability

The Workers’ Party (WP) Members of Parliament (MP) do not have a legal obligation to recuse themselves from the Aljunied-Hougang Town Council (AHTC)’s financial matters, according to a partner at law firm Eugene Thuraisingam LLP. Suang Wijaya told The Straits Times, as seen in an article published on Thu (7 Nov), that legal recuse from a matter “is generally justified …

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Four repeat offenders convicted for dealing with duty-unpaid cigarettes

Four Singaporean men were sentenced by the State Courts in October 2019 to between 33 months’ and 105 days’ and 45 months’ imprisonment, and fined between $8 million and $34 million, for dealing with duty-unpaid cigarettes. Singapore Customs (SC) announced in a press release on Thursday (31 October) that the four men are Kamaruddin bin Abdul Latiff, 51 years old; …

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