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Singapore universities recorded 56 sexual misconduct cases over 3 years, no ‘free passes’ for offenders: Parliament

A total of 56 disciplinary cases involving sexual misconduct among students from six Autonomous Universities (AUs) in Singapore were recorded in the past three years, as disclosed by Education Minister Ong Ye Kung in Parliament on Monday (6 May). Out of the 56 cases handled by the universities, 14 were committed by students outside of campuses. 17 of them happened …

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Parliamentary questions for 7 May 2019

The Singapore Parliament will sit at 10:30 am on Tuesday, 7 May 2019, for the 104th session of the 13th Parliament. *30 oral questions and 9 written question had been scheduled to be asked. At the commencement of Public Business, 2 Government Bills will be read for the 2nd time: Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill [Bill No. 10/2019] …

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Parliamentary questions for 6 May 2019

The Singapore Parliament will sit at 12:30pm on Monday, 6 May 2019, for the 103rd session of the 13th Parliament. *66 oral questions and 34 written question had been scheduled to be asked. There will be a Ministrial Statement from Minister for Defence: Findings and Follow-up actions on National Service Training Death. At the commencement of Public Business, one Government …

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Three NMPs propose amendments to Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill in joint statement

Three Nominated Members of Parliament (NMPs) – namely Ms Anthea Ong, Ms Irene Quay, and Associate Professor Walter Theseira – have issued a Notice of Amendment to the controversial Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill which was was introduced early last month. Among the NMPs’ suggested amendments to the Bill, listed in a joint statement yesterday (30 Apr), are …

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NMP Walter Theseira: Promote and enlighten secularism to protect the public space in the interests of all

On Monday (1 April), 16 Members of Parliament (MPs), including political office holders and Nominated MPs debated Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam’s ministerial statement on hate speech in Parliament.   The debate lasted for four hours, with many of the MPs in support of prevailing laws regarding offensive speech while making suggestions to strengthen these laws in order …

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Indranee Rajah: CPIB investigations did not reveal any connection with a government agency or contract where corruption by ST Marine occurred so the company is not debarred from govt contracts

Debarment from participating in government contracts is a separate and distinct exercise from the court proceedings and serve a different purpose, says Second Minister for Finance Indranee Rajah. Responding to questions posed by MP Pritam Singh on the debarment procedure, Ms Indranee said that the Court will deal with the adjudication of liability and implementation of penalties for breaches of …

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Law Minister apologises to Bertha Henson for wrong attribution

On Monday (1 April), Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam delivered his ministerial statement on hate speech in Parliament where he talked about a variety of issues including the last minute cancellation of the Swedish metal band Watain’s concert. In his statement, he quoted a number of individuals while presenting his arguments, including former Straits Times editor and author …

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“Poorly defined” anti-“fake news” Bill “a disaster” for press freedom in Singapore, warn civil rights activists and media practitioners

Despite Law Minister K. Shanmugam’s assurance that the Protection From Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill does not “deal with opinions” or “viewpoints”, and that Singaporeans “can have whatever viewpoints however reasonable or unreasonable”, media practitioners and civil rights organisations have expressed concern over the introduction of the Bill in Parliament on Mon (1 Apr). Kirsten Han, editor-in-chief of Southeast Asian …

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