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SHANMUGAM: HINDUS ARE THE MOST PRIVILEGED IN SINGAPORE

Hindus - Privileged or Discriminated against? Most people don't realise, that in Singapore, all religious foot processions are banned. This ban was imposed in 1964, after riots. But Hindus were given an exemption: Hindus have been allowed three religious foot processions: Thaipusam, Panguni Uthiram and Thimithi. The Hindu religious foot processsions go through major roads. No other religion is given this privilege.

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A DIPLOMAT’S SECRET WEAPON

I told my wife that although New York and Washington DC were only a few hundred miles apart, the nature of my old and new postings was different. The UN posting was a multilateral posting and my mission was to represent Singapore in the Parliament of the world. My job was to befriend and earn the goodwill of as many delegations as possible.

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SHANMUGAM: OPPOSITION SUPPORTERS HIJACKED OUR RESIDENT FEEDBACK WALL

Unfortunately, there was also some unconstructive element to it. Some Opposition supporters (clearly identifiable because of what they did) decided to co-ordinate and hijack the Wall – defacing the Wall, writing over other comments, scratching out existing comments, and standing by the Wall and asking people to write down negative comments, calling for the death of one of our founding fathers. They also took screen shots of the negative comments which they themselves wrote, presumably so that they can post them on line and pretend that that these were comments by residents.

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5 CPF MYTHS BUSTED

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Tharman Shanmugaratnam and Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin tackled some common myths and misconceptions about the Central Provident Fund system during Tuesday's Parliament session. MYTH NO. 1 - Your Minimum Sum keeps going up ...

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Shanmugam: Allegations against govt must be backed up with facts

People can criticise the government in Singapore but if any allegations are made, they must be backed up with facts. Law and Foreign Affairs Minister K Shanmugam made that point on Friday, adding that there is no rule preventing people from critiquing national policies. He suggested, however, that a sound approach would be to keep debates honest.

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Shanmugam: Criminals convicted of raping women or children which results in their death should get a default death penalty

A profile on Law Minister K Shanmugam published in the Business Times on 17 May [paywall] included an alarming proposal. In the article, Mr Shanmugam mentioned his intention to pass laws that would impose the death penalty on those convicted of raping or sexually assaulting women or children in a way that results in the victim’s death. Mr Shanmugam was quoted as saying: “My thinking is that there should be a default death sentence for those who rape or sexually assault women, resulting in the victim’s death, and for those who hurt a child and the child ends up dead. The accused in such cases should face the death penalty, unless he can prove why there shouldn’t be such a penalty.”

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Why Take so Long to Suspend Woffles Wu?

What is callous about him is he had no qualms to ask his employee, an elderly man of 76 years to take the rap for him for a speeding offense in 2005. The four month suspension from practice by Singapore Medical Council doesn't seem to affect him as he be going for vacation and writing articles. I think 8 days magazine should stop asking him to write articles for them. We should just boycott 8days magazine for supporting such a heartless man like Woffles Wu who is not repentant for his action.

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WOFFLES WU NOT SPARED BECAUSE HE IS RICH

Speaking to reporters while visiting Yishun yesterday evening, The Sunday Times reported that Mr Shanmugam said that Wu's offences were committed before the Penal Code was tightened in 2008 to make giving the traffic police misleading information a more serious crime. Wu's speeding convictions happened in Sep 2005 and Nov 2006 and he was charged under the Road Traffic Act rather than the Penal Code which provides for stiffer penalties. Mr Shanmugam pointed out that Wu was, therefore, charged according to what was the normal practice prior to 2008 saying "you can't charge a person for an offence if the section was not in existence at that time".

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