The Singapore’s High Court on Tuesday rejected a constitutional challenge brought by 36 death row inmates against new measures designed to prevent delays in their executions.
The 36 inmates, who are not represented by a lawyer, argued that two of the provisions were “onerous”, “oppressive” and inconsistent with the rights to a fair trial and access to justice contained in Article 9 of the Constitution.
Commenting on the judgement, M Ravi said the fact that 36 death row inmates were unrepresented is an indictment on the entire legal profession and a black day for Singapore.
“What has happened to our oath to argue cases without fear or favour? It is clear that it’s a broken system when lawyers are afraid to represent death row inmates and this state of affairs puts the entire profession into disrepute,“
Health Minister Ong Ye Kung confirmed active investigation into Cordlife Group Limited’s breaches compromising cord blood units.
He mentioned in a Friday Facebook post that regulatory actions will ensue based on the severity of the breaches and their impact on clients, contingent on investigation findings.
Proofer Bakery, with 17 outlets in Singapore, fined S$3,000 for violating food safety rules, citing lapses in central kitchen cleanliness.
Amid public outcry, netizens demand stricter penalties and regulatory reforms, emphasizing concerns over repeated hygiene-related suspensions and advocating for enhanced oversight in food production.