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Law & Order

Taiwan becomes the first in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage through groundbreaking Bill

This year’s International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia witnessed a significant moment in the history of LGBTQ rights as Taiwan’s parliamentarians pass Asia’s first same-sex marriage legislation today (17 May), despite strong opposition from the public as seen in the results of a referendum last Nov. Results of the referendum revealed that more than 70 per cent of people …

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Malaysia arrests suspected militants over IS plots

Three militants inspired by the Islamic State group have been arrested in Malaysia, accused of planning attacks on non-Muslim places of worship in the country and neighbouring Indonesia, police said Thursday. The suspects are thought to have links to a wider IS-inspired cell, some of whose members were detained last week in Malaysia. Malaysia and Indonesia, both Muslim-majority countries, are …

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Police warn of scams involving fake Lazada prizes

Singapore Police Force (SPF) warned member of the public of scams involving fake Lazada campaigns offering prizes. The Police stated that it has received at least 14 reports of scams since January 2019. According to the police, the victims were contacted by the scammers on Instagram with the total amount cheated was at least S$14,000. In these case, scammers would …

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Tougher sanctions for students guilty of sexual misconduct, including one-year suspension and even expulsion: NUS review committee on sexual misconduct

A minimum suspension of one year and even expulsion for “severe offences” are among stiffer sanctions recommended by the National University of Singapore (NUS)’s review committee on sexual misconduct. Local media reported that the committee’s chairperson Kay Kuok announced the proposals via an e-mail circular to students and staff on Wed (15 May). The recommendations were made in the wake …

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Singapore government’s justification for fake news law is similar to that of Malaysia’s Anti-Fake News Act which was eventually repealed

Debate is still swirling around the Singapore government’s proposed fake news law, the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA) – even more so this week as parliament sits down for a second reading for the bill. Since it was introduced last month (1 April), the government has consistently defended the bill against strong criticism on several fronts. Human …

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Workers’ Party advocates judiciary’s role as first and final arbiter of truth in “fake news” cases while PAP disagrees

Contrary to arguments perpetuated by advocates of the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill (POFMA), which has now been passed in Parliament, the judiciary remains the most suitable initial and final arbiter in deciding on matters involving alleged online falsehoods compared to Ministers and the Executive under POFMA, said Workers’ Party secretary-general Pritam Singh. Speaking in response to People’s …

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Singapore ‘fake news’ law could hurt innovation: Google

Technology giant Google said Thursday Singapore’s new law against “fake news” could hurt innovation, a crucial element in the high-tech sector which the government is developing as an economic growth driver. Parliament late Wednesday passed legislation that gives government ministers powers to order social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter to put warnings next to posts authorities deem to …

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