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Japan revises law to ease deportation of failed asylum seekers
Japan passed a controversial immigration law allowing the deportation of failed asylum seekers after three rejections. Critics argue that the new law violates human rights and puts lives at risk. Japan's low acceptance rate for refugees and scrutiny of immigration detention conditions have been subjects of criticism in recent years. Activists and opposition parties staged protests against the revised law, but the ruling coalition voted it down. The government claims the changes will improve access to medical care and accommodation options for pending asylum seekers. Amnesty International has called for the revision to be scrapped, labeling Japan's detention policies as harsh and repressive.
Indonesia’s Anak Krakatoa volcano erupts, spews huge ash column
Anak Krakatoa volcano erupts, sending ash column 3 kilometres high.
How do you take the PAP out of the PAP man?
Senior Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam's resignation from the party and government positions to run for the presidential election may seem like a break from the People's Action Party (PAP). But it's not that simple, says Augustine Low. Mr Tharman has been a dedicated PAP member for decades, and his ties to the party cannot be severed so easily. The PAP has a vested interest in ensuring that the elected president is always affiliated with the party. Mr Tharman's resignation and candidacy are likely to be part of a scripted game orchestrated by the PAP, similar to the case of Mdm Halimah Yacob.
Jokowi’s admission of political interference in 2024 election sparks controversy and impeachment concerns
Indonesian President Joko Widodo, also known as Jokowi, recently admitted to intervening in the country's political affairs ahead of the 2024 Election. He defended his actions, arguing they were lawful and aimed at ensuring a smooth electoral process for the sake of national interests. However, constitutional law experts argue that Jokowi's interference could be construed as a misuse of state resources, violating electoral laws and potentially amounting to grounds for impeachment.
Singaporean express disappointment over how PAP consistently selects its own members to run for...
Ishhaq Rajoo Jay, a life coach and fitness guru, shares his disappointment on social media over Senior Minister Tharman's presidential run. He criticizes the PAP's recurring pattern of nominating their own members, arguing that the presidency should serve as a counterbalance to the ruling party. Ishhaq fears that Tharman's accomplishments could be overshadowed if he becomes a 'puppet president', urging him to remain true to his stellar reputation and not be swayed by political machinations.
Singapore’s Pioneer and Merdeka Generations to receive MediSave top-ups from S$200 to S$1,100
Singapore's Pioneer and Merdeka generations will receive MediSave top-ups between S$200 and S$1,100 in July, according to the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Health. The initiative will cost the government S$254 million, benefitting about 950,000 seniors for healthcare costs, including MediShield Life and CareShield Life premiums and other MediSave-approved insurance plans.
Netizens express: Tharman for prime minister, not president – A wasted potential?
Senior Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam has announced his intention to contest in the 2023 Presidential Election and resignation from the People’s Action Party (PAP) and political appointments, a decision sparking widespread online discussion. While Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong acknowledged Tharman's strategic departure as a significant loss, many netizens argue that his extensive experience makes him overqualified for the presidency and a superior choice for Prime Minister. There's a palpable yearning for a strong, independent leader akin to the late Ong Teng Cheong, echoing public discontent with the status quo.