Smiley Face


Daily Dose: Smiley Face

When you see a smiley face, you would think happy thoughts. However, for a few individuals, it may potentially turn into a bad day at the office.

This was what happened what MP Louis Ng was seen in photos holding a white sheet of paper with the words ' Support Them' and a smiley face next to hawkers. This eventually turned into a police case and Louis is being investigated for public assembly without permit. The rationale, Jovolvan Wham , an activist was arrested for posting similar photos sans the words Support Them and Hawkers. Just a board with a smiley face.

Locals and foreigners alike found this ridiculous as seen in comments and reports. From now on, a smiley face is not just used to symbolise happiness, it is a political weapon too.

1) 23 New Covid19 cases

  • 2 Community Cases
  • 21 Imported

After a few lull days, community cases are back. The first is an 82-year old male who was first tested negative on 22 Feb and subsequently positive for 1 March. Symptoms started on 14 Feb. Given the dates, there is a possibility of more infection as it was CNY period if he had visitors during that period. 

The other case was a Singapore PR who was detected when she was preparing for a trip to India. It was rather surprising that trips are allowed to high-risk countries given that she is a homemaker. Since this was unlinked, there are probably more cases from it.

Imported cases are as follow

  • 1 (Case 60618) is a Singapore Permanent Resident who arrived from Indonesia.
  • 20 (Cases 60594, 60597, 60598, 60599, 60600, 60601, 60602, 60603, 60604, 60605, 60606, 60607, 60608, 60609, 60610, 60611, 60612, 60613, 60614 and 60616) are Work Pass holders who arrived from India, Nepal and Nigeria.

Source: MOH

2 Louis Ng public assembly investigation: Dos and Don't under the Public Order Act

Judging by the response online, the majority felt that this was nonsensical.

The act states

An assembly includes a gathering with the purpose of demonstrating support for, or opposing, the views or actions of any person, group or government.

It also applies to publicising a cause and commemorating any event, and includes a demonstration by a person alone. 

Frankly, holding a card that says 'Support Them' in support of hawkers is hardly an act "which may cause enmity, hatred, ill will or hostility between different racial or religious groups in Singapore"

We really should review this. 

Source: ST

3 Primary 1 registration framework under review to possibly increase Phase 2C places

Currently, Phase 2 C is based on home-school distance without affiliation. Each school sets aside 20 places for this phase.

A possible solution. Maintain Phase 2A o 2B, but change the priority to those staying within 1 to 2km. Thereafter for those staying within 1-2km under Phase 2C will get priority. Eliminate Phase 2A and 2B for those staying more than 2 Km away. 

Source: CNA

4 Mustafa Centre, Coffee Shop in AMK among places visited by Covdi19

It has been a while since this list was updated. Take note if you had been to the following places.

  • Ang Mo Supermarket at Block 407 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10 on Feb 26 between 10.55am and 11.50am
  • GHK 407 Food House at Block 407 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10 on Feb 26 between 11.50am and 12.30pm
  • Sri Vadapathira Kaliamman Temple at 555 Serangoon Road on March 2 between 8.15pm and 9pm
  • Murugan Idli Shop — an Indian vegetarian restaurant — at 76 Syed Alwi Road on March 2 between 9.30pm and 10pm
  • Mustafa Centre on March 2 between 10.25pm and 11.10pm

Source: Today

5 From May 1, dependant's pass holders will need to obtain work passes if they want to work in Singapore

Would this include freelancers too?

Source: Today

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