Tag: democracy

Tharman Shanmugaratnam says GE2020 has changed politics in S’pore permanently

Singapore – Senior Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam said on Sunday (July 19) that Singapore politics has changed permanently after the General Elections. Mr Tharman took to Facebook to share his “basic take on GE2020,” noting that the outcome was good for Singapore. “The results were good...

Dozens held after shopping protest at Hong Kong border town

Protesters hurled petrol bombs Sunday at a Hong Kong police station and at least 60 people were arrested following a march against so-called parallel trading near the Chinese border. The Democratic Party said about 10,000 people marched peacefully in Sheung Shui district, but violence erupted...

China’s Xi gives Hong Kong leader ‘unwavering support’

Chinese President Xi Jinping told beleaguered Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Monday that she had Beijing's "unwavering support" after another huge pro-democracy rally earlier this month and her government's thrashing at recent local elections. The city has been upended by six months of massive...

Hong Kongers attend service for student who died during clashes

Hundreds of mourners attended a memorial service on Thursday for a Hong Kong student whose death led to some of the most violent clashes in six months of democracy protests. Alex Chow, 22, died last month from head injuries sustained during a fall inside a...

Experts quit Hong Kong police probe, in blow to government

An international panel of experts hired to advise Hong Kong on the police response to huge pro-democracy protests announced Wednesday they were quitting, saying the watchdog was not fit for purpose "in a society that values freedoms and rights". The group's damning conclusion is a...

800,000 take to the streets in Hong Kong on Sunday, marking 6 months since protests began

Hong Kong—Despite being an unusually cold day, approximately 800,000 people flocked to Hong Kong’s central park on December 8, Sunday, marking six straight months since the protests began. Sunday’s demonstration was a largely peaceful one, with people marching from Victoria Park to the business district...

Pepe and protest pig: Internet memes come to life at Hong Kong rally

by Su Xinqi Among the sea of faces on Hong Kong's streets on Sunday were more than one hundred people wearing quirky over-sized animal masks -- a band of activists bringing popular protest internet memes to life. Hong Kong's democracy movement is largely leaderless and organised...

Hong Kong protesters vow weekend rally and ‘last chance’ for leader

by Su Xinqi Hong Kong pro-democracy activists on Friday vowed to hold another massive rally over the weekend and warned the city's pro-Beijing leader not to think a recent lull in violence means public anger is weakening. The semi-autonomous financial hub has been battered by six...

Anwar Ibrahim: Do not test my patience

PKR president Anwar Ibrahim who is patiently waiting in the wings to take over from Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad made it clear to his opponents and detractors. He says he is a patient man but patience has its limits. "There are friends who...

Malaysia’s inaugural Defence White Paper tabled in Parliament

The Malaysian Defence Ministry tabled its inaugural Defence White Paper to Parliament today, saying it is set to strengthen the country's defence through more comprehensive means. The document contains plans that will be implemented in the next 10 years. It replaces the National Defence Policy...