Bertha Henson: We should back our police force

Just as predictably, NGOs spoke up on behalf of foreign workers, citing the lack of amenities that cater for them. Then there were those who spoke about Geylang’s colourful and flavourful atmosphere, so different from the rest of sterile Singapore I suppose. If you don’t look for trouble, you don’t get into trouble. Unsavoury characters leave you alone, say the Geylang lobby. That got me thinking of Joo Chiat. Remember the fuss that was being made over how the area was turning into sleaze street? The community, mainly residents, got involved and the area appeared to have been cleaned up.

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Asean haze meeting ends with little progress made

A computer system developed by Singapore to monitor the haze and identify culprits behind fires has also been stymied by Indonesia's inability to provide maps that can pinpoint who is responsible for the land plots where the fires occur. Speaking to the media after the meeting, Singapore's Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Vivian Balakrishnan said he was "frustrated at the very slow pace of progress" and "disappointed at the lack of transparency".

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Shooting at Fort Hood in Texas leaves several people dead, 14 injured

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Several people were killed and at least 14 injured on Wednesday when a gunman opened fire at a U.S. Army base in Fort Hood, Texas, the site of another rampage in 2009, U.S. officials said. One official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, declined to offer specific numbers on fatalities. A separate U.S. official, also speaking on condition of anonymity, said 14 people had been injured.

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MOHAMED HARYFAN MOHD RAZALI: "CAN I HAVE SEX?"

Mohamed Haryfan Mohd Razali, 21, who faced four charges, admitted uttering words with intent to insult the modesty of the 19-year-old in 2011, and for peeping at her on May 12 last year. Deputy Public Prosecutor Joshua Lim said in July 2011, Haryfan was at the void deck of his block in Pasir Ris when he saw the victim walking past him and was instantly attracted to her looks. He saw her enter her unit and took note of the address. From then until his arrest in May last year, he visited the teen's home six to eight times, causing the family much distress. The victim and her 44-year-old mother made numerous police reports but were unable to ascertain his identity.

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RIOT HAPPENED IN SINGAPORE BETWEEN THAI AND KOREAN WORKERS IN 1985

So thanks to the COI, we now know that the Little India riot wasn't the first of its kind, post independence. Commissioner Ng Joo Hee mentioned a little known riot that broke out back in 1985 while he was on the stand. Apparently that riot broke out due to a conflict between Korean and Thai workers at a construction site. It's also a coincidence that Mr. Tee. was the top cop on site back then when the police intervened to quell that incident. This little tidbit alone should explain to the uninitiated why Mr. Tee was selected by the G to be a part of the Little India COI. In case you're wondering why this is probably the first time you are hearing about the riot of 1985, CP Ng said it was because there wasn't an internet and social media to proliferate news about it back then. And it was thankfully confined to a construction site.

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"Ang Moh" is not a derogatory term

Ang Moh is a colloquial term used locally to refer to Caucasians. A large section of society uses the term and most of the time it is used without racist or malicious intent. It would be racist if an individual uses "Ang Moh" in conjunction with a descriptive word affixed at the front. For example, "Chao Ang Moh" which literally means Smelly Ang Moh, or "Ka Ni Na Ang Moh" (translated" f*** your mother Ang Moh). These would be termed racist. As the saying goes, when in Rome, do as the Romans do. The term Ang Moh is simply the local way of addressing an individual of Caucasian ethnicity and is not meant to be interpreted with a racist lens. And Ang Moh is a term our uneducated forefathers used to call their colonial masters.

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8 things you should know about the updated Singapore Employment Act

The Employment Act is Singapore's main labour law that seeks to ensure reasonable employment standards while balancing businesses' need to stay competitive. With a greater push for better laws to protect workers mooted by the National Trades Union Congress, public consultations and tripartite evaluated by employers, unions and the Government, the Employment Act is slated to change in favour of better workplace protection.

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INSIDE SINGAPORE'S SUCCESS

How did Singapore become the envy of the world? In many ways, it did what competent governments are supposed to do. Quality public housing? Check. Top-notch public education? Check. An open, pro-business economy? Check. The city-state also continues to develop innovative approaches to challenges such as immigration, taxes and debt. Singaporean Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam recently sat down with Credit Suisse to explain how the country became the alpha male of the Asian Tigers and a global archetype of economic success.

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No Muslim Should Join PinkDotSG

I have a dream. It is late-June. The day of the Pinkdot activity at Hong Lim. Muslims are also gathering. By the thousands. But not at Hong Lim. But at numerous stadia around Singapore – Bedok, Hougang, Tampines, Yishun etc stadia. We gather to celebrate the Sanctity and Sacredness of the Family in Singapore.

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