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Netizens show support towards marathoner Soh Rui Yong after he was blocked on social media and WhatsApp group chat by Singapore Athletics

Two-time marathon champion Soh Rui Yong is back in the limelight, and this time due to his tiff with Singapore Athletics (SA) after the organisation blocked him from posting on its social media platforms. Their disagreement came after the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) announced in a media statement on 1 August (Thursday) that the two-time marathon champion Soh Rui …

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Public fumes after Singapore opted out of voting for global treaty on workplace harassment

Although Singapore supports the intent of a new global pact against violence and harassment in the workplace, it abstained from voting for it during a United Nations agency’s annual conference in June due to “concerns about overreach”, said Manpower Minister Josephine Teo. “This would expand workplace safety and health well beyond the workplace remit,” said Mrs Teo, while speaking in …

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“Some improvement” in race relations among Singaporeans except in workplaces, says Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam … but do minorities concur?

While there has been a “slight increase” in the “perception” of racial discrimination at the workplace against minorities in Singapore, there has also been “some improvement” in race relations among Singaporeans overall, said Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam. “Is there racism in Singapore? Of course there is. There is racism in every multi-racial society that we know of. …

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Online users express shock and disappointment after marathoner Soh Rui Yong was not selected for SEA Games by SNOC due to alleged poor conduct

In a media statement released on Thursday (1 August), the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) announced that two-time marathon champion Soh Rui Yong was not selected to be part of the team representing Singapore at the SEA Games in the Philippines, happening later in the year. “In the case of nomination put forward by Singapore Athletics (SA) for Soh Rui …

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“Penatlah”: Singaporean playwright Alfian Sa’at, on racism and Chinese majoritarianism in Singapore

“Penatlah [I’m tired].” Such is the sentiment expressed by renowned Singaporean playwright Alfian Sa’at in response to measures taken by the authorities’ against rising YouTube sibling duo Preeti Nair and Subhas Nair for their rap video on an E-Pay advertisement, which was made as a part of NETS’ campaign to encourage consumers to make electronic payments. The controversial advertisement, which …

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Online commenters agree with MP Pritam Singh’s call for an overhaul of PA grassroots organisations

On Monday (29 July), Workers’ Party MP Pritam Singh took to his Facebook to mention that the ethos of community service in Singapore through the People’s Association (PA) requires a revamp after the politician highlighted a recent conversation between a grassroots organisation called Simply Eunos and a resident. Simply Eunos claimed in its Facebook page that two of their grassroots …

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Online users give mix reactions to Law Minister’s response to the rap video by YouTuber Preetipls

In response to a rap video uploaded by local YouTuber and comedian Preeti Nair, famously known as Preetipls, along with her brother, rapper Subhas Nair, Home Affairs and Law Minister K.Shanmugam said that it “crosses the line” and is not acceptable. “This rap video insults Chinese Singaporeans, uses four-letter words on Chinese Singaporeans, vulgar gestures, pointing of middle finger, to …

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Manpower Minister says 60,000 job vacancies available and nearly half meant for PMETs, netizens claim it’s far from reality

Manpower Minister Josephine Teo said on Monday (22 July) that there are about 60,000 job vacancies available in the market, and nearly half of them are catered for PMETs (professionals, managers, executives and technicians). Although she agrees that a large number of industries are affected by the current economic slowdown, but job seekers can still grab good quality jobs in …

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