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  1. News - Asia - SINGAPORE

    Filipinos forced to cancel Independence Day celebrations in Singapore after campaign of abuse

    Posted May 26th 2014, 04:41pm by Agence France-Presse

    ... Agence France-Presse in Singapore Filipinos scrap celebration plan amid abuse Organisers of a Philippine independence celebration have dropped plans to hold it in a busy Singapore shopping district after an abusive campaign by online commentators opposed to the event's venue. The Philippines marks its 116th year of independence on June 12 and a group of Filipino residents ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1519650/filipinos-forced-cancel-independence-day-celebrations-singapore-after
  2. News - Asia - SINGAPORE

    Singapore in 'mid-life crisis' as Lee Hsien Loong marks 10 years in power

    Posted Aug 17th 2014, 06:43am by Satish Cheney

    ... age is against him. He has also said he was not keen on the job. "For many reasons, including ethnicity, he is unlikely to rise any further," Vadaketh said. It is widely believed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1575046/singapore-mid-life-crisis-lee-hsien-loong-marks-10-years-power
  3. News - Asia - SINGAPORE

    Singapore warns maid agencies against ‘undignified’ adverts

    Posted Jul 17th 2014, 02:27pm by Agence France-Presse in Singapore

    ... Agence France-Presse in Singapore City-state issues advisory to domestic maid agencies following complaints and media reports that workers were being marketed as commodities Singapore has warned maid employment agencies in the city-state against “undignified” advertising following complaints by rights groups that domestic workers are being marketed as commodities. In an advisory ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1555579/singapore-warns-maid-agencies-against-undignified-adverts
  4. News - Asia - SINGAPORE

    Locals-first job website launched by Singapore amid backlash against migrants

    Posted Jul 14th 2014, 10:40pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Singapore Locals-first job scheme launched Singapore yesterday launched a jobs website favouring citizens and permanent residents in response to mounting complaints that foreigners are stealing professional jobs from locals. The &q ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1554278/locals-first-job-website-launched-singapore-amid-backlash-against-migrants
  5. News - Asia - SINGAPORE

    Toll protest causes long traffic jam at Singapore-Malaysia border

    Posted Aug 01st 2014, 02:12pm by Agence France-Presse in Singapore

    ... traffic jams disrupted the morning rush-hour at the Malaysia-Singapore border on Friday as Malaysian bus drivers staged a wildcat strike to protest against a sharp increase in toll charges to enter the city state. Singapore’s Land Transport Authority said in an advisory to local motorists early on Friday that heavy traffic was due to a protest “against [an] increase in Malaysian toll ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1564149/toll-protest-causes-long-traffic-jam-singapore-malaysia-border
  6. News - Asia - SINGAPORE

    76-year-old ban on gay sex challenged in Singapore’s top court

    Posted Jul 14th 2014, 10:39pm by BLOOM

    ... challenges to a 76-year-old ban on gay sex. Lawyers for Kenneth Chee and Gary Lim argued that the ban, first adopted under British colonial rule in 1938, discriminates against gay men and violates ... as Section 377A, when they repealed related provisions that had made heterosexual oral and anal sex a crime. Gay-rights activists and church groups advocated last year against and for the ban, which ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1554280/76-year-old-ban-gay-sex-challenged-singapores-top-court
  7. News - Asia - SINGAPORE

    Singapore book prize judges quit in gay censorship row

    Posted Jul 16th 2014, 10:54pm by AFP

    ... Board (NLB) decision last week to pulp three titles that went against its "pro-family" stance. "We condemn in the strongest terms the NLB's decision to remove and destroy ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1555421/singapore-book-prize-judges-quit-gay-censorship-row
  8. News - Asia - SINGAPORE

    Singaporeans ‘no longer trust their government’: Writer Catherine Lim criticises PM in open letter

    Posted Jun 09th 2014, 03:54am by Satish Cheney

    ... to improve the lives of citizens but warned that the better-educated internet generation demanded more. She heavily criticised Lee's recent defamation suit against Roy Ngerng, a young blogger ... chided the Singaporean government for using the threat of defamation suits as a way of stifling opposing voices. "When Mr Lee Kuan Yew liberally used the defamation suit against his critics, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1528124/writer-catherine-lims-open-letter-singaporean-pm-fuels-social-media-debate
  9. News - Asia - SINGAPORE

    Row erupts in Singapore over pulling of children’s books with gay themes

    Posted Jul 11th 2014, 06:08pm by Satish Cheney

    ... Satish Cheney in Singapore Authorities in Singapore are facing an online backlash after public libraries withdrew and decided to pulp three children's book titles because they were against family values. One of them, And Tango Makes Three, is based on a true story of two male penguins taking care of a baby chick at Central Park Zoo in New York. We sieve through the contents ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1552084/backlash-after-singapore-libraries-see-red-over-gay-penguin-books
  10. News - Asia - SINGAPORE

    ‘Filipino infestation in Singapore’ blog sparks embassy call for probe

    Posted Jun 19th 2014, 04:14pm by AP

    ... asked Singapore authorities to take action against a blogger who suggested Singaporeans should shove Filipinos on the street and be rude to Filipino workers. The blog, titled "Filipino ... to celebrate their nation's independence day at Singapore's prime shopping district, Orchard Road. It followed an uproar by groups who said it would be an infringement of their sovereign ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1536176/philippines-asks-singapore-probe-racist-blog

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