Current Affairs

Wife of Taiwanese presidential candidate cancels Singapore visit as foreign political activities are not allowed

Ms Lee Chia-fen, the wife of Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu from Taiwan’s Kuomintang (KMT) has cancelled her campaign trip to Singapore as the government said it did not permit “foreign political activities” in the country. Ms Lee has been stumping for her husband, who is the main opposition of Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen in the January general elections, to Taiwanese …

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Renown primatologist Dr Jane Goodall is shocked by Singaporean mentality that “animals belong in a zoo”

Renowned researcher Dr Jane Goodall, known best for revolutionising our understanding of chimpanzee behaviour nearly 60 years ago, finds it “shocking” that Singaporeans think animals belong in a zoo. Speaking at a press conference of the Human-Wildlife Co-Existence in Asia: Conflicts and Mitigation Conference 2019 on 26 November, Dr Goodall was responding to an observation made by Mr Robin Hicks, …

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Singapore signs with India a more generous CECA than Singapore-China CSFTA

In 2009, the China-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (CSFTA) came into force. This is China’s first comprehensive bilateral FTA with an Asian country. China is said to be Singapore’s largest trading partner while Singapore is China’s largest foreign investor since 2013. In 2017, Singapore’s cumulative investment in China amounted to S$140 billion while China’s cumulative investment in Singapore amounted to S$36.3 …

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Technology-facilitated sexual violence on the rise, says AWARE

There has been an overall rise in cases of technology-facilitated sexual violence in the past three years at the Sexual Assault Care Centre (SACC) run by gender-equality group AWARE. While 46 out of 338 (13.6%) cases in 2016 were technology-facilitated sexual violence, in 2017 that number rose to 99 out of 515 (19.2%) and in 2018 it became 124 out …

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“Pointless” and “futile” for political and business elites to condemn Hong Kong protests, better to acknowledge losing right to govern: S’porean academic Donald Low

It is “pointless” and “futile” for political and business elites to condemn the Hong Kong protests, to paint the protesters as “enemies of the people”, or to claim the support of the “silent majority”, as they are not “popularly elected” representatives of the people of Hong Kong, opined a Singaporean academic based in Hong Kong. Prof Donald Low, a senior …

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Seniors and students prefer cheaper transportation fares; working adults opt for reliability, says NUS study on public transport

According to a study done by the National University of Singapore (NUS) on how Singaporeans use public transport, it found that seniors, students and children tend to prioritise the cost of fares whereas working adults focus more on the reliability of travel time. The study, titled “Travel Time Uncertainties and Commuter Behaviour: Evidence from Smart Data in Singapore”, was published …

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Brad Bowyer: “When questions arise just asserting something is false or giving irrelevant information does not answer valid questions”

by Brad Bowyer As many have asked for my detailed views or questioned my motives without actually reading either my original post of the factually assertion I am attaching here my notes on the “Corrections and clarifications regarding falsehoods posted by Mr Brad Bowyer” posting at the gov.sg site. I do encourage you to read both to draw your own …

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