The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has released a statement regarding the 2 Singaporeans jailed for crossdressing in Abu Dhabi. MFA officials met with them on 4 occasions to ensure their well-being and will be giving them consular assistance. It also reminded Singaporeans to respect local laws when they are overseas.
Following the detention of the 2 Singaporean men in Abu Dhabi, UAE, for allegedly "crossdressing" and "behaving indecently", Singaporean netizens have turned up in force on social media to demand that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan work out a way to bring the 2 Singaporeans home.
Freelance fashion photographer Muhammad Fadli Bin Abdul Rahman, 26, and his friend, Nur Qistina Fitriah Ibrahim, 37, a transgender Singaporean who has not undergone a sex-change operation, were arrested in Abu Dhabi for wearing women's clothes.
Singapore should not kowtow to China whenever it is unhappy about issues that Singapore puts forward in its own interests, says a prominent netizen, Andrew Loh. Instead of turning on each other every time the Asian giant rants on its news mouthpiece, The Global Times, Singaporeans should band together instead and stand behind the government when it comes to international disputes.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said that it would study a report linking locally based company Glocm, a military equipment company, to North Korea and "take the necessary steps to ensure that Singapore is in compliance with the UN Security Council Resolutions (UNSCRs) on the DPRK".
According to anti-death penalty activist Ravi M, Malaysia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has assured his team of lawyers and activists that it would study the possibility of bringing Singapore to the International Court of Justice over the case of Prabagaran Srivijayan, a drug smuggler of Malaysian origin who was caught in Singapore.
President Tony Tan Keng Yam and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong have written to President of the Republic of Indonesia Joko Widodo to offer their condolences over the earthquake in Pidie Jaya Regency, Aceh, Indonesia on 7 December 2016
Speaking to reporters after the APEC summit, PM Lee said that “a sense of identity and togetherness must be developed in Singapore to avoid deep social divides”.link He was referring to UK’s Brexit referendum and US presidential election.
Given these developments, Singaporeans should reconsider the need for non-essential travel to Ankara and Istanbul at this point in time. Singaporeans are further advised to avoid travel to the border regions between Turkey and Syria due to the unpredictable security situation associated with the ongoing conflict in Syria.
In a report submitted by the Singapore government to the UN in October this year, but which was released yesterday by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Singapore government explained its decision to retain Section 377A of the Penal Code. S377A bans sex between men.