ON the eve of Hari Raya, my office received good news. A 62-year-old taxi driver was released under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (SOSMA), 2012. Unknown to him, three of his passengers had no legal travel documents and he was arrested on suspicion of human trafficking. Eventually a dedicated lawyer and a compassionate interrogating officer helped to secure his release and he was home with his two children for Raya. Not all cases have a happy ending SOSMA is a procedural Act and complements the Penal Code and Criminal Procedure Code. It allows for collection of evidence for submission to court trials, investigation and remand remedies. A few Acts are attached to SOSMA, such as Chapter 6 (Offences against the state), Chapter 6A (Offences relating to Terrorism), Section124B & C for activities detrimental to parliamentary democracy under the Penal Code (Act 574) and the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act. When former prime minister Najib … [Read more...] about Preventive detention – let’s think again
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MANILA, Philippines — The 22 fishermen left adrift at sea for hours after their boat was rammed and sunk by a Chinese vessel near Recto Bank last June 9 are urging President Duterte to declare the area their exclusive fishing ground, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said yesterday. “The fishermen are asking the President that Recto Bank, which is their traditional fishing ground, should be their exclusive fishing grounds and they want help in securing the area,” Piñol said at a briefing in a coastal town in Occidental Mindoro where the fishermen live. In their meeting with Piñol, the fishermen also denounced the Chinese for abandoning them after their boat capsized. “They also want to make representations with the Chinese government so the crew would be held accountable criminally because of that act of abandoning them,” he added. The fishermen claimed that foreign vessels have been fishing in Recto Bank since 2014. Recto Bank is 85 … [Read more...] about Fishermen want Recto Bank exclusive for Pinoys
LIVERPOOL: The church organist wanted to meet outside Liverpool's Anfield Stadium. Her name is Anne Preston, and she carried the program of a funeral she'd played the day before, as a document of something both ancient and achingly current.She wanted me to see it, so I'd understand how life, death and resurrection are so tied together with football along the banks of the Mersey River.She arrived with her husband, meeting me between the Sir Kenny Dalglish Stand and the Kop, the mighty Liverpool Kop. As he went over to sort his tickets for the first leg of the Champions League semifinal in Barcelona, she produced the programme and told me about a musical request from the family.The mom made the request herself. To honor her son, whose funeral program had Anfield on the front and the club crest on the back, she wanted Anne to subtly work in "You'll Never Walk Alone" during the Mass.It's a familiar request to Anne, and to every funeral director and organist in Liverpool.At the crematorium … [Read more...] about What a Premier League title would mean for Liverpool
SINGAPORE: A 35-year-old former teacher from international school UWCSEA is on trial for molesting his colleague’s wife after a social event held by the school.Benjamin James Henry, a British national, is accused of running his hand down the 53-year-old woman’s back, to her waist and her buttock on June 17, 2017 at the Singapore Cricket Club where the event was held.On the opening day of the trial on Thursday (May 2), the victim, who cannot be named due to a court order, took the stand and described in detail her version of what happened that night.She attended the event with her husband who at the time was a teacher at UWC, the court heard. There was a live band, dancing and drinks at the event, and she had spritzers and danced with her husband in the “salsa style”, she said. They stayed till the band packed up, which she assumed was after midnight. As they were walking out together, her husband was saying goodbye to people who were passing … [Read more...] about Former UWCSEA teacher on trial for molesting colleague’s wife
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?