· June, 2010

Stories about Singapore from June, 2010

Singapore: Swiss national to be caned for train vandalism

  30 June 2010

A Swiss IT consultant in Singapore was sentenced to three strokes of the cane and five months in prison after he pleaded guilty to breaking into a Singapore train depot last month and vandalising two carriages. Bloggers debate whether caning is an appropriate punishment.

Singapore: No to caning

  29 June 2010

Spotlight on Singapore is against the punishment of caning. Recently, a foreigner who was found guilty of vandalizing a train in Singapore was sentenced to 5 months in jail and three strokes of the cane.

Worldwide: The oil spills that don't make the news

  26 June 2010

The tragic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has the world's attention on the devastation that badly managed oil extraction can bring. However, in some places around the world, people live with toxic spills such as these and through videos people try to bring the world's attention to their plight.

Singapore: Tax on church groups

  24 June 2010

Recognizing that many church groups are establishing various business establishments, Irreligious from Singapore asks whether it is right to exempt church groups from paying taxes.

Singapore: Government steps up anti-littering drive

  21 June 2010

Despite the strict laws against littering in Singapore, the number of offenders still went up in recent years prompting the government to intensify its anti-litter campaign. A more aggressive shame campaign will be implemented and “litter-free Ambassadors” will be recruited. Bloggers react

Singapore: Youth Olympic Games

  19 June 2010

The first Youth Olympic Games will take place in Singapore on August. Young athletes – aged between 14 and 18 years – will compete in 26 sports events.

Singapore: Swiss national charged over train vandalism

  14 June 2010

A Swiss national was charged with vandalism after he was accused of spray-painting a graffiti on one of the trains of Singapore Mass Rapid Transit. Vandalism in Singapore is punishable by up to 3 years in detention plus 3-8 strokes of the cane. Bloggers are displeased over the security breach.

Singapore: Pink Dot 2010

  5 June 2010

More than 4,000 Singaporeans gathered at Hong Lim Park to make a large human pink dot to celebrate love regardless of sexual orientation. It is Singapore’s biggest LGBT parade.