Current Affairs

NZ PM blocks own pay rise while PM Lee’s wife shares article explaining why her husband’s salary “so high”

Last year, news emerged that New Zealand (NZ) Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern blocked her own pay raise, as recommended by the Remuneration Authority, an independent body in NZ set up to determine the wages of the country’s politicians (‘Jacinda Ardern turns down $12,000 pay rise as NZ government freezes MP pay‘). PM Ardern decided that NZ politicians are already paid …

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Kong Hee not in CHC Management Board while wife Sun Ho inside

The City Harvest Church (CHC) issued a public notice yesterday (22 Aug) after their pastor Kong Hee was released from prison the same day. In its statement, CHC said that while serving time, Kong spent most of his time “seeking and studying the things of God”. “Pastor thanks you all for your unceasing prayers these last few years, for him …

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Two Malaysians caught for smuggling 1,127 packets of contraband cigarettes inside car tyres in separate cases

The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) found 1,127 packets of duty-unpaid cigarettes being smuggled into Singapore in two separate cases at Woodlands Checkpoint from 19 to 21 August. According to the ICA’s statement on Facebook, the cigarettes were wrapped in plastic trunking and tape and were concealed inside the tyres of the vehicles. The officers involved became suspicious when they …

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Google says YouTube campaign targeted Hong Kong protests

YouTube on Thursday said it disabled 210 channels that appeared to be part of a coordinated influence campaign against pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. The action by the Google-owned service came this week as Twitter and Facebook accused the Chinese government of backing a social media campaign to discredit Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement and sow political discord in the city. “We disabled 210 channels …

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