ONE year after the new PH government has come into office, we find that human rights continue to be perverted because of apparent lack of political will to significantly reform the old institutionalised politics of racism and racial discrimination. The PH reneged on their promises to ratify crucial treaties in their election manifesto, namely International Convention on the Eradication of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) and the Rome Statute on International Criminal Court (ICC). The ICC provides a significant mechanism as an international court to try “crimes against humanity”. Unfortunately, those opposing the ratification of the ICERD have misrepresented and twisted the role of the ICC, suggesting that the sovereignty of our rulers would be at risk. Such a red herring has no justification in our constitutional pond. To date, 122 countries have signed the Rome Statute of the ICC including Cambodia, Palestine and the Republic of Korea. Does the Federal Constitution promote … [Read more...] about Perversion of human rights
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The Mahathir Mohamad administration appears to have fired a decisive shot across the bow of the Johor royalty this past week, with the palace seemingly making a hasty retreat after alleged land-grab exposes and tax evasion tainted the ruler of the southern state's self-styled image as a caring monarch. Political insiders told The Straits Times that while only one such attack came directly from the Prime Minister's Office, it was a concerted campaign that could end the escalating feud that has seen the mercury rise for months. It has been a war of attrition that has eroded the standing of both the government and the Johor monarchy among the Malay majority who see the rulers as guardians of their interests. The heated battle between Prime Minister Mahathir and the Johor royals flared up over the selection of top officials for Johor last month. It came hot on the heels of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government backing out of plans to sign up to the International Criminal Court early last … [Read more...] about KL’s manoeuvres against Johor royals hit home
Pixabay Concerns over the increasing problem of voyeurism have prompted law changes that will make it a separate sexual offence with heavier punishments, possibly caning, said Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam. The changes to the Penal Code will be debated in Parliament today. Mr Shanmugam said: “It shows that the Government is taking this very seriously. It is also a psychological, philosophical setting out that this is very serious.” His comments came in the wake of the controversy over the way the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the police handled a case in which an undergraduate was filmed without her consent. Ms Monica Baey, 23, had taken to social media to express her frustration at what she felt was too light a punishment for the fellow student who filmed her secretly while she was taking a shower at the university’s Eusoff Hall. Police gave the student, also 23, a conditional warning. Mr Shanmugam, referring to the case, told The Straits … [Read more...] about Voyeurs may get caned following changes to Penal Code: Shanmugam
A week before we head to the polls to vote for our senatorial bets, do we really know what we want out of the personalities we will elect? What does it really mean to earn a seat in our senate halls? In this series of ANCX essays, some of our distinguished writers reflect on the careers of past and present senators who have made the most impact, and created a significant difference. As with any other work place, the Philippine Senate has had its fill of cussed eccentrics. Voluble anger was the brand of Miriam Defensor Santiago, while Joker Arroyo was the parsimonious loner. Even Manuel Quezon, Senate President from 1916 to 1935, parlayed his fiery persona as integral to his political identity. In the public eye, these quirks proved more defining than the politician’s beliefs—perhaps since much of Philippine politics over the decades has been seemingly free of ideology apart from being for or against whoever is in power. At first, … [Read more...] about The Last Good Senator: Vicente Sotto
SINGAPORE: Every time freelance writer Clare Lee, 27, uses a changing room when trying on clothes in fashion outlets big and small, she will take a few minutes to inspect every nook and cranny in her cubicle for hidden cameras before feeling safe enough to undress herself.For 27-year-old Fiona, who did not want to give her full name, she will always double-check that the curtains in her bedroom or hotel are fully drawn such that there is not even a teeny-weeny gap for anyone to peek through, and steer clear of unattended baskets in supermarkets.Freelance content creator Hilary See, 27, would refrain from standing near the edge of the escalator where people can look up her skirt, and try to use either a bag or a file to cover the back of her skirt while climbing the stairs.With spycams and phone cameras taking voyeurism to unsavoury new heights, these women are among a growing number of people who have taken extra precautions to protect themselves and their private spaces.As Fiona, … [Read more...] about The Big Read: Singapore’s voyeurism problem – what’s wrong with men, or the world?