Archive for the Current affairs Category

Petition to shut down STOMP

Here is something that you most likely won’t see on STOMP or any SPH newspaper/websites. A petition asking SPH to shut down STOMP is gaining widespread support from Singaporeans. The petition currently has more than 15,000 signatures and growing.

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I think a lot of us have enough of the rubbish on STOMP. Everyone still remember that STOMP article about SMRT door remaining open while moving. We thought things will improve after that. It didn’t. If you go to STOMP now, you still can see lots of irresponsible reporting. The site give Citizen Journalism a bad name. It promote false information, hate speech and xenophobia. Recently, STOMP started a “Don’t be a Social Media Idiot” campaign to encourage readers to shame “idiots” on social media platform like Facebook.

I think Singaporeans had enough. It is time we demand SPH to shut down STOMP and stop tarnishing the name of Citizen Journalism.

This petition should have been started long time ago. But I guess it is never too late to start. You can sign the online petition here.

The longest-ever dry spell in Singapore

Singapore is currently in the midst of its longest-ever dry spell, where rain has not fallen for 27 days between Jan 13 and Feb 8. According to NEA, the dry weather will probably persist into the first half of next month.

But luckily for Singapore, we still have a healthy level of water in the reservoirs. This is because PUB has increased the amount of NEWater it injects into the reservoirs and the desalination plants are working at near full capacity. These two sources were aable to provide 55 per cent of the water demands. Imported water from Malaysia make up the remaining water demand.

As a results, there is no need for Singapore to implement water rationing. The last time Singapore had water rationing was back in the 1960s.

According to PUB, water consumption has increased slightly last week. The agency will send advisories on water conservation methods. Companies are being encouraged to switch off their water features while Town Council may reduce the frequency of their cleaning using water.

I think we should give credits where credit is due. PUD did a great job by making sure Singapore have enough water supply during this long dry spell. All thanks to the forward planning with NEWater and desalination plants. Good job guys!

The alleged dog abuse case at Pasir Ris Camp

I’m sure by now most of you have read about the alleged dog abuse case at Pasir Ris Camp. Mindef released a statement saying that they have completed the investigation and found no evidence of dog abuse.

Straits Times reported that the NSF who send the video to Animal Lovers League was punished. The NSF’s father wrote a Facebook post saying that the dogs were being abused.

Some people asked why did Mindef punish the whistle blower but not the officer.

The NSF was punished for unauthorized video recording and unauthorized disclosure of information to 3rd party. What he should have done is report the matter to his commanding officer. If the commanding officer don’t take action, then report to the next person up the chain of command until action is being taken. He should not have send the video to an external party. I believe unauthorized video recording in camp carry a heavy sentence. However, the NSF was given 21 days of suspension of leave. I think Mindef gave him a lighter sentence since he did it to save the dog.

As for the officer, Mindef and AVA conducted an investigation and found no evidence of dog abuse. That’s why the officer wasn’t punished. Because there wasn’t any abuse. If the NSF’s father have any evidence of dog abuse in the camp, he should contact Mindef directly and request that they re-investigate the case. We keep hearing from Animal Lovers League saying that there is dog abuse. My question is, where? Are they able to provide any photo evidence of dog abuse or any medical checkup from vet?

Nothing.

Mindef however showed us a photo of someone bitten by the dogs in camp. If you scroll through the tons of comments on Singapore Army Facebook page, you will also see some comments from Paris Ris camp personnel saying that they were almost attacked by the dogs.

So we have evidence of dogs attacking human but no evidence of dog abuse.

A lot of people were saying that the way they tie the dog in the toilet is cruel. Personally, I think they could have restrain the dog in a better manner. But bear in mind that these are soldiers, not train animals rescuers. They do not have the proper equipment to catch and confine a stray dog until AVA arrives. Thus they use whatever tools they have in camp to do the job. I believe they tried their best and without ill intent. They could have done better but I wouldn’t call it dog abuse. After all, AVA did perform a medical checkup on the dog and found no signs of abuse.

Some people said that Mindef and AVA are trying to cover up. My question to those people is, Why? Why would Mindef want to cover up for an officer when the whole incident has gone so public? And why would AVA agree to cover up together with Mindef? What is so special about this officer that Mindef and AVA are willing to risk their public image to protect him?

There are several reported cases of dogs attacking people in the camp. If the officer didn’t take any action and someone get seriously injured by the dogs, Mindef gets the blame. I agree that the way they catch and confine the dog could have been done better. But keep in mind that they are not trained to do so and there is no evidence that they did it with ill intent. All they wanted to do is to protect their men from being attack by the dogs again.

And until now, nobody, not even Animal Lovers League, is able to provide concrete evidence of dog abuse at Pasir Ris Camp.

SingCERT reports more than 80 Singapore websites hacked

The Singapore Computer Emergency Response Team (SingCert) have issued an alert to more than 80 websites hosting providers after their sites were found to be defaced. The hosting providers were notified yesterday at 11am so that they can investigate and take the necessary actions. It is reported that 3 of the hacked websites belong to the Singapore Reformed Party.

No government sites were among those affected.

SingCERT also urged businesses and individuals to take the necessary precautions to enhance their cyber security, and visit GoSafe Online to seek assistance.

3rd Guards Battalion Weapons Presentation Ceremony

15 February is Total Defence Day. It is the day that Lieutenant-General Arthur Percival formally surrendered Singapore to Japan 72 years ago. To commemorate this day, the Singapore Armed Forces held a Weapon Presentation Ceremony at the War Memorial Park for the new recruits of 3rd Battalion, Singapore Guards.

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The weapon presentation is usually held within the first few weeks of Basic Military Training, and is a symbolic first step for a recruit in becoming a soldier of the SAF. The ceremony is usually held in SAF camps or at a place of historical significance.

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The War Memorial Park has been selected by the unit as the location for their Weapons Presentation Ceremony because it was constructed to remember civilians of all races who were victims of World War II. This location will remind the soldiers that what they do in training is for the ultimate purpose of defending Singapore. It will also remind them of the importance of the SAF and their role as National Servicemen.

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I, hereby swear before this Flag, that I will be brave, honourable, disciplined, vigilant, and I will take good care of my rifle, at all times!

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At the ceremony, the recruits reaffirm their resolve to defend Singapore with their live.

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“Singaporeans must never again allow what is ours to be taken away.” – LTC Joseph Lin, CO of 3rd Guards Battalion

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