On 4 September, Justice Chan Seng Onn acquitted Parti Liyani of theft, as he found that Mr Liew and his son had an “improper motive”. They had lodge a police report after Parti Liyani threatened to complain to MOM about her being illegally seconded to Mr Liew’s son’s home and office.
Thai students have mustered their courage to launch a revolution, and the protests in Hong Kong is a source of inspiration for them. They demand the Prime Minister resign, corruption to be clamped down, reforms to education and acceptance of LGBTQ.
On 4 September’s session of Parliament, Minister for Communications and Information S. Iswaran announced that the Government agreed “in principle” to the live-streaming of parliamentary sessions. His ministry would study how to implement live broadcasts and meet demands for more convenient methods to view government proceedings.
Border disputes in the Eastern Mediterranean has intensified since the discovery of large reserves of oil and gas. Existing geopolitical tensions between Greece and Turkey have proven hindrance to an agreement over extraction of the resources. It remains to be seen whether cooler heads will prevail or if attempts at negotiations will fall through.
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On 13 August, the United Arab Emirates and Israel agreed upon the Abraham Accords. It sees Israel agreeing to postpone plans to annex the West Bank from Palestine, in exchange for normalized diplomatic relations with the UAE. Could this be the beginning of a more stable geopolitical climate in the Middle East?
On 27 August, the New Zealand High Court sentenced the mass killer of the 2019 Christchurch mosque shootings to life imprisonment without parole. During the 4-day sentencing hearing, survivors and relatives of the deceased gave victim impact statements. They remain united in defiance against the shooter’s ideology of hate and division.
On 28 August, Shinzo Abe announced his resignation as Prime Minister of Japan citing health reasons – the same reason cited for his first resignation in 2007. He will be leaving the post as Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, having served an unprecedented four consecutive terms as premier.
In this age of social media, you either die a hero or live long enough to be cancelled. In 2018, Dee Kosh cancelled Eden Ang for the latter’s alleged sexual misconduct. In 2020, Dee Kosh gets cancelled for his own alleged sexual misconduct. How the turntables.
Since 9 August, tens of thousands have taken to the streets of Minsk, Belarus to protest the re-election of incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko. Despite overwhelming public support for Svetlana Tikhanovskaya prior to the election, Lukashenko had declared a landslide victory, with 80% of the votes.