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RESORTS WORLD SENTOSA IS LYING WHEN THEY SAY SINGAPORE HAS NO WILD DOLPHINS!

THEREALSINGAPORE 31 October 2014 - 9:31pm

Last month (Sep 2014), it was reported that Resort World Sentosa's SEA Aquarium and Dolphin Island was granted accreditation by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. How can an accreditated institution spread such gross misinformation about dolphins? This is just the latest in a series of recent news about captive dolphins at Resorts World Sentosa and Underwater World Sentosa.


WHAT IS THE REAL STORY OF HOMELESS REFUSED TO LEAVE HDB HUB?

THEREALSINGAPORE 31 October 2014 - 8:02pm

It states that “The Housing Board (HDB) has responded to a Facebook post by an applicant who claimed that her family’s request to buy a flat has been repeatedly turned down in the last five years with no explanation given. The flat applicant, who goes by the moniker “Rose Devilrose”, said in a Facebook post on Oct 15 that the HDB assumed her family did not have enough savings.


MALAYSIAN AUTHORITIES SEIZE HUNDREDS OF CHRISTIAN CDS, BOOKS AT KUALA LUMPUR AIRPORT

THEREALSINGAPORE 31 October 2014 - 8:38am

Hundreds of Christian compact discs (CDs) and books containing the word “Allah” were confiscated at the Kuala Lumpur International 2 airport in Sepang last Saturday. Sources, who declined to be named due to the sensitivity of the issue, told Malay Mail Online that the Protestant church in Sabah that he attends is attempting to negotiate with the Home Ministry for the return of the books and the CDs.


AN INTERVIEW WITH A FORMER ISD (SPECIAL BRANCH) OFFICER

THEREALSINGAPORE 30 October 2014 - 1:22pm

Former top civil servant William Cheng passed away on 10 November 2010, about a month and a half shy of his 82nd birthday. When the Oral History Centre interviewed him in 1994 for our project, “The Civil Service - A Retrospection”, Cheng recounted some of his most memorable experiences in the public sector, where he began in the Special Branch of the Police Force, moved into the Administrative Service at the ministries of Education and Labour, and later came out of retirement to be a diplomat.


THE WORLD WE ARE LIVING IN CURRENTLY ISN'T THAT BAD WHEN COMPARED TO THE PAST

THEREALSINGAPORE 30 October 2014 - 12:29pm

These series of statistical graphics show that, while there's still plenty of war, hunger, sickness, and poverty in the world, things are much better than what they were only a few decades ago—not to talk about centuries ago. We are still far from utopia, but the data is stubborn: We are getting there. Fast. Check out this graphic of death in wars since 1947—when the Indo-Pakistani war started two years after the end of World War II (the deathliest human conflict in absolute numbers.) Even while the doomsayers argue that we are in another valley of relative peace preceding a major worldwide conflict, even while we there's the ISS, Syria, Iraq, Israel, Ukraine, and Afghanistan, it seems the world is pretty much in calm.


GROWING ISLAMIC FUNDAMENTALISM SEEN PUSHING MALAYS TO QUIT COUNTRY

THEREALSINGAPORE 30 October 2014 - 12:07pm

Malays could be next in line after the Chinese to leave the country, in a bid to escape the growing religious fundamentalism and authoritarianism that leaves little room for free thought and dissent, according to activists and observers. While Malaysia bills itself as a moderate Muslim nation, recent developments have demonstrated an increasingly conservative and hard-line approach to Islam here that is intolerant of cultures and practices not sanctioned by religious groups and authorities.


HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH: SINGAPORE COURT RULING A MAJOR SETBACK FOR GAY RIGHTS

THEREALSINGAPORE 30 October 2014 - 9:41am

A Singapore Supreme Court ruling on October 29, 2014 to uphold the country’s ban on same-sex relations between consenting adult men is a major setback for equal rights in Singapore, Human Rights Watch said today. The court decision sends a message that gay men may lawfully be subject to discrimination. 


VOICE OF AMERICA: SINGAPORE FILM BAN CREATES FREE SPEECH ISSUE

THEREALSINGAPORE 29 October 2014 - 7:57pm

The documentary, “To Singapore, with Love,” has screenings planned this month from Britain to India to Malaysia. One place it won’t be playing: Singapore. The government here banned the film, which presents vignettes of Singaporean dissidents who fled decades ago “to escape the prospect of detention without trial,” as the film’s website says.


ONLY 5% OF SINGAPOREANS SAY THEY ARE BUYING PROPERTY NOW: SURVEY

THEREALSINGAPORE 29 October 2014 - 3:13pm

With developers rushing to launch or re-launch new and existing projects ahead of the festive season, the Saturday after the Hari Raya Haji public holiday saw twenty-two property advertisements in the Straits Times marketing local property projects. Despite aggressive marketing by developers, the PropertySoul.com Blog Readership Survey revealed that only five percent are saying that they are planning to buy a private property now.


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