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Fresh bloodshed in Myanmar as UN set to meet on crisis

A protester was shot dead in Myanmar on Friday, in the latest round of bloodletting at anti-coup demonstrations as the UN Security Council prepared to meet on the escalating crisis. Despite an increasingly brutal crackdown by the military authorities that has seen more than 50 people killed, protesters took to the streets again in towns…

https://www.theonlinecitizen.com/2021/03/05/fresh-bloodshed-in-myanmar-as-un-set-to-meet-on-crisis/
Netizens criticise Govt for not acknowledging how Joint Singles’ Scheme forces low-income singles to live with “complete strangers”

Speaking at the Committee of Supply debate for the Ministry of National Development (MND), Minister of State for National Development, Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim on Thursday (4 Mar) announced a series of measures to help support lower-income households in rental flats as the country continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the measures is piloting a…

https://www.theonlinecitizen.com/2021/03/05/netizens-criticise-govt-for-not-acknowledging-how-joint-singles-scheme-forces-low-income-singles-to-live-with-complete-strangers/
Death of Hong Kong resident not directly linked to Sinovac’s COVID-19 vaccine, says committee

Hong Kong health authorities on Wednesday (3 Mar) revealed that the death of a 63-year-old man was not directly linked to the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine that he took two days before his passing. The elderly man received his first dose of the vaccine at Kwun Chung Sports Centre in Jordan last Friday (26 Feb). He…

https://www.theonlinecitizen.com/2021/03/05/death-of-hong-kong-resident-not-directly-linked-to-sinovacs-covid-19-vaccine-says-committee/
IPI reiterates its call to Singapore to drop police case against New Naratif

The International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists for press freedom, today (5 March) reiterated its call on Singapore authorities to stop their harassment of Dr. PJ Thum, an IPI member and managing director of New Naratif, and drop the police case against him. Dr. Thum was summoned…

https://www.theonlinecitizen.com/2021/03/05/ipi-reiterates-its-call-to-singapore-to-drop-police-case-against-new-naratif/
The Online Citizen stands in Solidarity with Dr. Pj Thum and The New Naratif

Historian and Managing tor of the New Naratif, Dr. PJ Thum has been summoned again for questioning by the Singapore Police yet again over New Naratif’s alleged illegal conduct under s83(2) of the Parliamentary Elections Act (PEA) during the 2020 General Election. The police are interrogating Dr. Thum over five election-related Facebook posts boosted by…

https://www.theonlinecitizen.com/2021/03/05/the-online-citizen-stands-in-solidarity-with-dr-pj-thum-and-the-new-naratif/
Four Hong Kong dissidents released on bail

Four Hong Kong dissidents charged with subversion were let out on bail late Friday after prosecutors at the last minute dropped an appeal against their release. The four are part of a group of 47 democracy activists charged with “conspiracy to commit subversion” in the broadest use yet of a sweeping national security law that…

https://www.theonlinecitizen.com/2021/03/05/four-hong-kong-dissidents-released-on-bail/
13 new cases of COVID-19 in Singapore; one case in community

As of Saturday noon (6 Mar), the Ministry of Health (MOH) has preliminarily confirmed an additional 13 cases of COVID-19 infection in Singapore. This brings the total number of infection cases to 60,020. One of the cases is a community case. The remaining 12 cases were imported and has been placed on stay-home notice upon…

https://www.theonlinecitizen.com/2021/03/06/13-new-cases-of-covid-19-in-singapore-one-case-in-community/
Correlationship between personal indiscretion and sexual offences – more needs to be done

by Joseph Nathan It is a huge relief for many concerned Singaporeans that the Ministry of Law (MinLaw) is finally seeking to increase the penalties for three types of sex offences, further citing that the offender’s educational qualifications or academic potential “should not carry much weight”. When sexual offences kept occurring at our universities, the…

https://www.theonlinecitizen.com/2021/03/07/correlationship-between-personal-indiscretion-and-sexual-offences-more-needs-to-be-done/
ITE transgender student allegedly “disciplined” for using women’s bathroom, threatened with criminal prosecution if she continues to do so

This article contains descriptions of incidents involving transphobia, which some readers may find distressing. Readers’ discretion is advised. Nearly two months after 18-year-old student Ashlee came forward on Reddit about facing discrimination from her school and the Ministry of Education (MOE) for being transgender, an engineering student at the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) was…

https://www.theonlinecitizen.com/2021/03/07/ite-transgender-student-allegedly-disciplined-for-using-womens-bathroom-threatened-with-criminal-prosecution-if-she-continues-to-do-so/
Chinese FM defends Hong Kong reform proposals as ‘reasonable’

Beijing’s controversial proposal to introduce new veto powers on Hong Kong’s legislative elections are “lawful, just and reasonable,” China’s foreign minister said Sunday, after the move was criticised as an attack on the city’s freedoms. Legislation to allow China’s communist rulers to vet all election candidates in Hong Kong was put forward Friday at the…

https://www.theonlinecitizen.com/2021/03/07/chinese-fm-defends-hong-kong-reform-proposals-as-reasonable/