SINGAPORE’S HEATH PROMOTION BOARD’S FAQ ON HOMOSEXUALITY… IS ACTUALLY VERY GOOD

Seeing the current political climate in Singapore, I never have thought the government would ever acknowledge the existence of homosexual outside the 377A debate. But lo and behold, Singapore’s Health Promotion Board has released an FAQ regarding Homosexuality that actually meets the standard of the international community (well, civilized international community, not the desert religions community).

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VIOLENCE AND EXPLOSIONS IN THAILAND AS PROTESTORS CLASH BEFORE ELECTIONS TOMORROW

Violence erupted in Bangkok on Saturday, the eve of tense Thai elections, with explosions and heavy gunfire breaking out in clashes between pro- and anti-government protesters, according to an AFP journalist. Bystanders, security personnel and journalists raced to take cover in a north Bangkok shopping mall after a man pulled an assault rifle from a bag and began spraying bullets during a stand-off between government supporters and scores of opposition demonstrators, an AFP reporter at the scene said.

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BCA awards scholarships to 160 ITE students

About 160 ITE students who study built environment courses have received scholarships from the Building and Construction Authority (BCA). The BCA Built Environment ITE scholarship, which was announced in January last year, aims to attract more locals to the growing sector. Acting Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin handed out the scholarships at ITE College Central on Jan 28.

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First batch of Pinoy construction workers due in Singapore next month

The first group of 15 construction workers from the Philippines is expected to arrive in Singapore next month. These workers obtained their skills certification after completing training and tests at the new Overseas Testing Centre (OTC) in the Philippines. Singapore targets to bring in some 200 Filipino construction workers a month when all four testing centres are operational by the middle of this year.

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MYANMAR NATIONAL PAID $220 FOR SEX WITH 16-YEAR-OLD IN JURONG FLAT

A Myanmar national became the seventh man to be jailed for having commercial sex with a 16-year-old girl, reports The Straits Times. Lu Maw, 34, who is a permanent resident, was sentenced to 12 weeks' jail on Monday. He was an engineer at the time he paid $220 for the sexual services of the minor at a flat in Jurong East Street 24 on March 1 last year.

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SPOILING THE FESTIVE AIR IN HOUGANG ON CHINESE NEW YEAR EVE

The goon squad from the National Environment Agency (NEA) raided a floral fair at the Hougang Central Hub where last minute shoppers were hunting down flowers like the pussy willow to decorate their homes for an auspicious start of the Lunar New Year. Their quarrel was obviously with the opposition party organising the event, but ordinary residents were not spared the collateral damage. Together with the Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council (AHPETC), stall holders were also summoned to appear in court on Feb 18, for manning stalls from Jan 9 to 30, without a licence.

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Health Minister visits healthcare workers at Tan Tock Seng Hospital

Health Minister Gan Kim Yong visited Tan Tock Seng Hospital today (Jan 31) to show his appreciation towards the hospital staff. It may be the first day of the Lunar New Year but it was business as usual at Tan Tock Seng Hospital, where Mr Gan dropped by to distribute oranges and hongbaos to staff and visit patients.

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REFORM IS LESS RISKY THAN REVOLUTION BUT HOW LONG CAN WE WAIT?

People ask why we don’t have a revolution in Singapore or at least some kind of reform like what we had in the past. Middle incomes are sinking, the ranks of the poor are swelling, almost all the economic gains are going to the top, and big money is corrupting our democracy. So why isn’t there more of a ruckus?

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