Current Affairs

Govt decided not to charge Brochez 3 year ago under OSA

Yesterday (12 Feb) in Parliament, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong tried to explain why Mikhy Farrera Brochez, the American who allegedly leaked information from Singapore's HIV Registry, was not charged under the Official Secrets Act (OSA) 3 years ago, back in 2016. Brochez was only charged with offences under the Misuse of Drugs Act, Penal Code and Infectious Diseases Act. …

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Singapore to soon implement standardised packaging for tobacco products

Soon, all tobacco products, including cigarettes, sold in Singapore will come in standard packaging without any logos, colours or brand images. The amendments to the Tobacco (Control of Advertisements and Sale) Bill were passed in Parliament on Monday (Feb 11) and is being moved for a second reading. The amendments include: All logos, colours, brand images and promotional information will …

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Attempted suicide will soon be decriminalised in Singapore

Following recommendations from the Penal Code Review Committee (PCRC) which completed its two year exercise to review the laws and propos reforms, the Penal Code in Singapore is getting a much needed refresh. The Criminal Law Reform Bill was given its first reading in parliament on Monday (11 Feb). The committee was co-chaired by Ms Indranee Rajah, Minister in the …

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First time that Ng Eng Hen apologised for training deaths of servicemen

“I am deeply sorry for the loss of four precious NSmen (national servicemen) in the last 17 months,” said Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen in a ministerial statement addressing the deaths. “MINDEF and the SAF will hold ourselves accountable for every single NSman entrusted to us.” The most recent death of national serviceman Aloysius Pang sent shock waves across the island. …

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Bionix driver continued reversing in CFC Liu Kai despite repeated commands to stop, reveals Defence Minister

The Committee of Inquiry (COI) which looked into the death of full-time national serviceman Liu Kai found that the Bionix driver involved in the event continued reversing despite repeated commands to stop, said Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen in Parliament on Monday (11 February). He added that the police are now investigating into the communications between the Bionix crew, and …

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About 3,500 rental tenants bought first home in BTO or SBF

Around 3,500 rental tenants have bought their first home in the Build-to-Order or Sale of Balance Flats (SBF) exercises since 2013 with the help of various housing grants. The Housing and Development Board (HDB) announced on Sunday (10 February) that close to 2,000 of these tenants have moved into their new flat. While, the rest are waiting for the completion of their …

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