Tag Archives: SINGAPORE

Balance Surveillance With Public Discourse

Surveillance measures have their merits and have indeed been useful in past instances, but their gradual expansion in Singapore should not go unchallenged (Jan. 18). In an unstable world perpetuated by Rumsfeld’s “unknown unknowns” – terrorism, conflicts, general instability – it is assumed that people feel safer and more secure under watchful eyes, electronic or otherwise. Over the weekend Second Minister for Home Affairs S. Iswaran encouraged owners of private buildings to strengthen protocols for video surveillance, and also recognised AMK Hub for adding 20 new cameras to its 110-strong CCTV contingent.

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Anonymous Hacker Threatens to Attack Singapore Government Social Media Profiles

The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) has advised the public not to be alarmed if they notice “any unusual activity on Government social media channels”, in response to a cyber threat issued by a person claiming to be from the hacktivist collective Anonymous. The person had published a “press release” on Pastebin last Thursday, demanding the release of the five men who were arrested for vandalising a wall in Singapore.

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What is happening to my country?

I am beginning to feel despondent about Singapore, the country that gave me so many opportunities to build my home, educate my children and lead a safe and secure life. But in the last few years I am seeing a different Singapore, one that moves clumsily from one error to another with alarming regularity. The system is creaking, even cracking. The journey down the slippery slope started in 2008 when the country’s most wanted man, terrorist Mas Selamat, slipped out of a detention centre in the simplest of ways – by jumping out of a toilet window.

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Illegal for Malaysians to work in Singapore without valid work passes

It is illegal for Malaysians to work in Singapore if they do not have valid work passes, said Acting Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin in Parliament on Tuesday. He was responding to a question from Mr Baey Yam Keng (Tampines GRC) who wanted to know how many Malaysians cross the Causeway regularly on social visit passes to work in the informal sector here, such as as freelance plumbers, technicians or electricians. The ministry conducts random checks and acts on public complaints, he said, but it is not realistic to expect the practice to be completely eradicated.

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Singapore Govt gives tuition grants of $210 million a year to foreign students

MOE said that the Govt gives tuition grants of $210 million a year to foreign students. It said that most of the foreign students who received grant have been “contributing to our economy”. Most of the grant recipients have been working and are contributing to our economy, while some did not start work immediately as they had deferred their bonds to pursue further studies. Actions will be taken against those who default on their obligations.

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Bill seeks to give police extra powers in Little India area

Those who knock back beers in public outside the permitted hours or whose behaviour could cause a riot may be banned from Little India for up to 30 days. Police and auxiliary police officers will have the authority to ask those in the area or who are about to enter it to state their names and addresses and why they are there, to empty their bags and pockets and to strip search them. They may use force to remove someone from the zone.

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Pussy Riot fine with not winning art award here since their political objective is achieved

Members from dissident Russian music/art collective Pussy Riot say they did not have trouble coming to Singapore to attend the inaugural Prudential Eye Awards, which were held on Saturday night at Suntec City Mall. They were in town because their work was nominated in the digital/video category of the awards, but they did not win. They say not winning does not bother them the least bit. "We are people who engage in social issues and political activism. Art is a means through which we can speak. This is a good chance for us to meet with you, to visit Asia, and to make contacts here.'"

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MOE reminds schools to be vigilant about student safety after PE deaths

The Ministry of Education (MOE) has issued a circular to schools reminding them to stay vigilant about student safety during Physical Education lessons and co-curricular activities (CCAs), after two students died last week during PE lessons. In particular, they highlighted the need for PE teachers — including substitute teachers — to stay updated on students’ pre-existing medical conditions and said it was important to have teachers and school personnel trained and confident to carry out cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

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