The first batch of NS servicemen was enlisted in 1967. All 18 year old, abled-bodied male citizens are obliged to serve two years in a uniformed group. This policy was implemented in the 1960s in response to the external threats that Singapore faced post-independence. As a small and young nation in Southeast Asia, Singapore was, and still is, a vulnerable target in the region. Back in the 1960s, Singapore had to cope with a double whammy in national security. In the north, we were in the shadow of the communist threat from China. Down south, we were faced with political confrontation with Indonesia, our largest Muslim neighbour.
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The hunt to find genes that cause autism has been a long slog, one hampered by a lack of technology and families willing to be tested. But the effort is starting to pay off. On Tuesday, researchers at more than 50 laboratories said they had identified more than 100 genes that are mutated in children with autism, dozens more than were known before. These are mutations that crop up spontaneously, not ones that parents pass down to their children. At least 30 percent of autism cases are caused by these spontaneous mutations, according to researchers at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.
This ‘touch a dog event’ thingy has turned into such a big issue. And so, the organizer of the event has formally apologized for causing unease among Muslims and stressed that the event was not intended to deviate Muslims from the faith, distort Islamic teachings, ridicule Islamic scholars or promote liberalism. He insisted that it was held merely to help the public overcome their fear of dogs and how people may treat the animal in the context of Islam.
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.
World Bank: HK retains attractiveness to business despite protests The World Bank has released its annual ranking of countries for ease of doing business. Singapore retains the first place, helped by the traditional pro-business stance of the PAP. The surprise package however is Hong Kong which comes in Third, behind New Zealand.
The ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) has inspected the pitch of the National Staidum and decided that they will go ahead and hold the Suzuki cup in Singapore. However, half of the games will be moved to Jalan Besar stadium as the grass at the National Stadium is still not good enough. Only those games expected to have large crowds will be held at the National Staidum which has a much larger seating capacity.
Fourteen organisations have expressed their great shock and disappointment with the Singapore courts on their ruling against the rights of same-sex couples. The organisations criticised the court for its narrow interpretation of the Singapore Constitution which will continue to put LGBT individuals at risk of discrimination. Ivan Heng, who married his partner in August, also said that the "ruling effectively legitimises and entrenches discrimination against a significant and vulnerable minority in Singapore,"