MON: TROUBLES ACROSS THE SEA OF JAPAN
South Korea has pushed back strongly after Japan’s recent retaliation against a court ruling on compensation for local World War II victims. Many industries have joined in the boycotting of numerous Japanese goods and services, including flights to Sapporo, Japan, leading to a downturn in the tourism and tourism-related sectors. Much of these anti-Japanese sentiments are voluntary, promoting the shift away from Japanese imports and towards local produce.
TUE: PREETI-PLS TAKE THE VIDEO DOWN
Homegrown rapper and Youtuber Preetipls was forced to issue an apology statement after a video she posted drew flak for being racially insensitive. The video was in response to a Mediacorp advertisement featuring actor Dennis Chew appearing in “brownface”, where his skin was darkened to portray an Indian man and a Malay woman. Members of the public have weighed in on the issue, with Minister K Shanmugam condemning the video as a threat to Singapore’s racial harmony and social fabric.
THU: MALAYSIAN SENATOR PROPOSES SEXUAL HARASSMENT LAW TO PROTECT MEN FROM… SEDUCTION?
Malaysian lawmaker Mr Mohd Imran Abd Hamid proposed a law to “protect men from the actions, words and clothing of women” lest they be seduced to “commit acts such as incest, rape, molestation, [watching] pornography and likewise”. He has since retracted the suggestion and apologised, but Malaysians still want him out, with a petition for his resignation gaining traction.
FRI: NUCLEAR WITHDRAW, NO CLEAR WITHHOLDING
The US has formally withdrawn from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia, as the US military prepares to test a new non-nuclear mobile-launched cruise missile. The withdrawal has marked the end of a ban on the development of ground-based missiles with a range of 500 to 5,500 kilometers. This withdrawal comes after Russia tested a cruise missile in 2014, in violation of the accord, and failed to comply with the Treaty even after negotiations.
FRI: AND..THEY’RE OFF! LOOK OUT FOR THE TARIFFS!
On 1st September, Trump will start implementing an additional tariff of 10 percent on US$300bn of Chinese imports. This is on top of the 25 percent tariff implemented in May. This US-China tension has sent markets around the world reeling and falling.
SUN: A NEW FOE HAS APPEARED – PROGRESS SINGAPORE PARTY LAUNCHES
The Progress Singapore Party (PSP) publicly launched last Sunday. Led by former PAP member Tan Cheng Bock, the party is running on a platform of job creation, getting technology-displaced workers rehired, lowering the voting age to 18, and most strikingly, government transparency. With Lee Hsien Yang, PM Lee’s younger brother, recently expressing support for the party, the next general election is bound to be one to watch.