PENALTIES REVIEW NOT BOWING DOWN TO PUBLIC PRESSURE, BUT LISTENING TO THE GROUND

Law Minister K Shanmugam said that how society feels about the punishment meted out in criminal cases has to be something the Government must pay heed to, but this does not equate to bowing to public pressure.

In his own words, this is what he exactly said - “You enhance the penalty (for a certain law) to reflect what people feel is the right penalty, what conduct should be more severely punished — that is not bowing down; that is understanding where the weight of public opinion is." Minister K Shanmugam was talking about this in an interview with TODAY. What he is saying is that the government need to hear public's opinions on whether the punishment given for a crime befits the crime itself, and if the public agrees with it.

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GANGSTERS VANDALIZE BUGIS+ & UOB FACADE LOOKING FOR A FIGHT

Vandals have scrawled gang-related graffiti on the walls and pillars of Singapore's Bugis district over what appears to be a dispute with members from the number 18 gang. According to netizens who posted the photos of a pillar at Bugis+ (near retailer Pull & Bear) and another wall at Fu Lu Shou UOB, the words written in Mandarin read as a challenge to come out and settle the scores in a fight.

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SG AUTHOR & MENTAL HEALTH AMBASSADOR PLEADS WITH PUBLIC TO BUY BOOK TO FUND CATARACT OPERATION

Help me raise funds for my cataract operations through my Bestseller –Loving a Schizophrenic that promotes the sanctity of marriage. For many years, my late wife, Doris Lau Siew Lang, before and after our marriage, had to stay “hidden” because of the blatant discrimination of her mental illness. Doris passed away 3 years ago and until today, I still feel her loss.

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DRIVER SHARES 7 TIPS TO BE THE PERFECT GRABHITCH RIDER

Picked up one of the best rider yesterday. Accepted him for 9pm booking. He gave me a very detailed description of the drop off point. But told him will confirm the timing after dinner time. He told me his timing is flexible so given the time to prepare my kid, I told him 930pm pick up. He agreed swiftly in a nice and steady manner.

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CAN SG SCHOOLS EVER MIX FOREIGNERS, LOCALS, ELEMENTARY AND SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS UNDER ONE ROOF?

There are 250 students, including 12 special needs children who are mixed with the overall student population. It has 58 teachers and 25 staff, which works out to a teachers to students ratio of about 2.3 : 10, and a staff to students ratio of about 1 : 10. The teachers’ salary range from 2.5 to 5.5 million rupiah (S$265 to S$582).

The school is licensed to operate by the Government and has been refusing to take certain government funding for many years, because of the conditions that come with such funding. Needy students also get scholarships to study free of charge. Of the about 250 students – about eight of them are foreigners. No distinction is made between Indonesian and foreign students.

Many graduates from the school keep coming back to be volunteers. I spoke to one who spoke in perfect English, who was full of praise for his experience as a student.

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S'PORE TIGER MOM THREATENS TO KICK DAUGHTER OUT OF THE HOUSE IF SHE DIDN'T TAKE TRIPLE SCIENCE

So, my parents are making me go double or triple science. My dad genuinely believes '[a]ll the three sciences and two maths is important in giving me an opportunity to assume a challenging and professional career in future' (he made me type out his list of questions and viewpoints for me to ask my guidance counselor). My mom and her friends all say my grades are good so I should go triple science, but I hate science and never have liked it. Yesterday she said either I quit school or go pure science, and tried to evict me from the house for not wanting pure science.

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