PDIP’s Ganjar Pranowo hints at potential alliance with Prabowo Subianto for 2024 Indonesian Presidential...

The potential partnership between Ganjar Pranowo of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) and Prabowo Subianto in the 2024 Presidential Election is a topic of discussion. At a recent campaign meeting, Pranowo acknowledged the ongoing discourse and stressed that in politics, "anything is possible" until confirmed by the General Election Commission (KPU).

“My policies save more lives than they take away,” K Shanmugam defends capital punishment

Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam asserts that capital punishment aligns with the state's responsibility to maintain safety, security, and save lives in Singapore. Since resuming executions in March 2022, Singapore has executed 16 individuals for drug trafficking. While the government upholds the death penalty as a deterrent, human rights groups advocate for more humane and evidence-driven approaches to combat drug-related crime.

Malaysia’s Unity Government grapples with policy challenges in the wake of Six-State Elections

The Unity Government in Malaysia, composed of diverse political parties, faces hurdles in implementing reforms after recent state elections. While social stability remains stable, political diversity may lead to policy gridlock and a shift towards race-based policies, potentially impacting the country's reform agenda, as indicated by BMI, a unit of Fitch Solutions.

US attorney general denies political influence on Trump, Biden prosecutions

US Attorney General Merrick Garland refutes Republican claims of bias, denying protection for Hunter Biden and asserting impartiality in prosecuting both Trump and Biden-related cases. Political tension escalates.

Rejected suspension of MP appointment; Netizens question Iswaran’s S$192,500 allowance amidst unfulfilled MP duties

On Tuesday, Singapore's Parliament rejected NCMP Hazel Poa's motion, which sought to suspend Transport Minister S. Iswaran from his parliamentary role for the remainder of the 14th Parliament session. However, the debate's conclusion hasn't halted discussions on social media, with some supporting Progress Singapore Party (PSP)'s motion, while others echo the position by the Leader of the Opposition, emphasizing the importance of due process.

Singaporeans fined for sonar system sale to Myanmar Navy amidst investigations into arms trade

Two Singaporeans were fined a total of S$80,000 for their role in selling a sonar system to the Myanmar Navy. The system later ended up with Myanmar entity Light of Universe for US$1.58 million. In related news, Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan had earlier confirmed 138 Singapore-based entities' involvement in Myanmar's military supply chain.

Lim Tean expresses outrage over Indranee’s counter-motion on Minister Iswaran’s MP Pay suspension

Indranee Rajah, Leader of the House has filed a distinct motion in response to PSP Hazel Poa's motion which sought to advocate that Parliament address Minister S Iswaran's annual S$192,500 MP pay only after the conclusion of the CPIB investigations. Ms Indranee's motion calls on the House to resolve to consider the matter concerning Minister Iswaran once the outcome of the ongoing investigations against him becomes known. Lim Tean, leader of Peoples Voice, vehemently criticized Indranee's decision, "Do you think if you are being investigated by the CPIB, or you have been charged and you have been suspended by your employer, you will continue getting your pay?"

NUS Asst Prof apologised for POFMA-ed article and retracts it from East Asia Forum

Dr Chan Ying-Kit, author of "A Spate of Scandals Strikes Singapore" on East Asia Forum has retracted his article from the online publication and apologized through Singapore's TODAY media. This follows a correction directive from the POFMA office on 13 September, issued under the instruction of Ms Indranee Rajah, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).

Taiwan says 55 Chinese warplanes detected around island

Tensions escalate as Chinese warplanes and naval vessels approach Taiwan, prompting the island's defense ministry to urge China to cease "provocative actions" and calling for de-escalation.

China hits out at German FM’s ‘dictator’ Xi comment

China condemns German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock's characterization of President Xi Jinping as a "dictator," calling it an "open political provocation" and a serious affront to China's political dignity.

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Indonesia’s minister touts robust post-Covid-19 economic recovery with consistent 5% growth

Indonesia's Coordinating Minister, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, touts the nation's robust post-pandemic economic recovery at the UAE-Indonesia Economic Business Forum 2023, highlighting strong growth and investment potential.

Indonesian TikTok Influencer sentenced to 2 years in prison for controversial TikTok video on...

In a landmark ruling, Lina Mukherjee, an Indonesian TikTok influencer, has been sentenced to two years in prison and fined IDR 250 million (US$16,200) for her contentious video, where she uttered "bismillah" before eating pork, igniting a debate on religious insensitivity in Indonesia.

PDIP’s Ganjar Pranowo hints at potential alliance with Prabowo Subianto for 2024 Indonesian Presidential...

The potential partnership between Ganjar Pranowo of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) and Prabowo Subianto in the 2024 Presidential Election is a topic of discussion. At a recent campaign meeting, Pranowo acknowledged the ongoing discourse and stressed that in politics, "anything is possible" until confirmed by the General Election Commission (KPU).

Is the withdrawal of access blocking direction of East Asia Forum, an example of...

In the recent reversal involving POFMA and the East Asia Forum, Singapore's legal approach has raised questions. The differential treatment between local and foreign entities, combined with apparent selective enforcement, raises concerns about the nation's commitment to the rule of law versus the rule by law.

Trial begins for Chinese #MeToo journalist, labour activist

Chinese activists Sophia Huang Xueqin and Wang Jianbing face trial for "inciting subversion of state power," raising health concerns after two years in detention. The closed-door trial heightens worries about China's shrinking civil society space.

Geylang restaurant seeks customers overcharged with S$840 instead of S$84 due to typo error

A Geylang restaurant, Fok Lok Kee Private Kitchen, accidentally overcharged two customers, seeking them through social media for a refund of S$840. Despite being given a receipt, customers hadn't returned after two days. The restaurant turned to social media for help. They plan to contact the card company for a partial refund if needed. The delay in their Facebook post was said to be unintentional and clarified to be due to discrepancies in posting and transaction dates. Fortunately, the issue has been resolved using PayNow instead of the bank refund process.

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Chinese tourist discovers hidden cameras in Kota Kinabalu Airbnb during honeymoon

During her honeymoon in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, a Chinese national woman uncovered hidden cameras in her Airbnb accommodation, sparking concerns about privacy and safety while traveling. The discovery left both her and her husband deeply distressed.

Tourist files police report over S$900 crab bill at Seafood Paradise; restaurant responds with...

Japanese tourist Junko Shinba and her group faced a pricing dispute at Seafood Paradise in Clarke Quay when ordering chili crab. They claimed the restaurant staff failed to clarify the pricing of the Alaskan King Crab, leading to a shocking bill of $938 for the crab dish alone. The total bill was $1,322.37. Shinba requested police intervention, and the restaurant offered a $107.40 discount. However, the Paradise Group, which owns the restaurant, disputed her claims, stating they communicated the price and weight clearly. The Consumers Association of Singapore is investigating the incident.

Singapore finance influencer uses S$10 Lee Kuan Yew coin for payment, baffles cashiers

Finance influencer Seth Wee embarked on an unorthodox mission to test the practicality of Singapore's LKY100 commemorative coin. His quirky payment experiment left cashiers bewildered and sparked questions about the coin's legal tender status.

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Singapore's vibrant Chinatown, affectionately known as "牛车水," recently dazzled with Mid-Autumn Festival decorations. However, a lantern decoration on Upper Cross Street came loose, leading to double-decker bus disruptions and commuter frustrations on Thursday.