Monday April 22, 2019

Hindus in Singapore enjoy privileged position, says Minister for Law and Foreign Affairs K. Shanmugam

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By Newsgram Staff Writer

Hindus in Singapore are not only  discriminated against, they in fact enjoy a “privileged” position, said Minister for Law and Foreign Affairs K. Shanmugam.

The minister was cited saying all this on Facebook. He posted this as a response to many questions asked related to the long-standing bans on religious foot processions as well as the playing of music during religious processions. The ban on religious foot processions has been there since the riots of 1964.

Shanmugam said Hindus are the only ones given an exemption for three processions by foot: namely Thaipusam, Panguni Uthiram and Thimithi.

“When other non-Hindu religious groups apply to hold foot processions, they are usually rejected,” he wrote.

“On rare occasions when exemption is given, stringent conditions are imposed which including much shorter routes, unlike Thaipusam which lasts the whole day and goes through major roads.”

Earlier, Singapore’s second Minister of Home Affairs S. Iswaran had explained that the country’s ban on playing music at processions was implemented because of the fights between rival groups

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Singapore To Come Up With Strict Alcohol Norms For Pilots

The Singapore Air Operator Certificate holders will be required to strengthen their alcohol abstention policies and implement an Airline Alcohol Management Programme from May to identify, manage and rehabilitate pilots with problematic use of alcohol, the release said. 

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Pilots found to be operating under the influence of alcohol may be subjected to criminal penalties of up to 50,000 Singapore dollars (about $36,878.5) and/or imprisonment of up to two years for the first offence, and up to 100,000 Singapore dollars and/or imprisonment of up to five years for repeat offenders. Pixabay

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) announced here on Thursday that it would tighten the regulatory regime on alcohol abstention to mitigate the risk of pilots operating under the influence of liquor.

According to CAAS, the authority will implement the Airport Alcohol Testing Programme (AATP) and start random testing of pilots at Changi and Seletar airports on March 31, the Xinhua news agency reported.

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Pilots found to be operating under the influence of alcohol may be subjected to criminal penalties of up to 50,000 Singapore dollars (about $36,878.5) and/or imprisonment of up to two years for the first offence, and up to 100,000 Singapore dollars and/or imprisonment of up to five years for repeat offenders. Pixabay

It will set the alcohol abstinence standard at 0.02 grams per 210 liters of breath for pilots. Those found to exceed the standard would not be permitted to fly, it said.

Pilots found to be operating under the influence of alcohol may be subjected to criminal penalties of up to 50,000 Singapore dollars (about $36,878.5) and/or imprisonment of up to two years for the first offence, and up to 100,000 Singapore dollars and/or imprisonment of up to five years for repeat offenders.

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It will set the alcohol abstinence standard at 0.02 grams per 210 liters of breath for pilots. Those found to exceed the standard would not be permitted to fly, it said.
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The Singapore Air Operator Certificate holders will be required to strengthen their alcohol abstention policies and implement an Airline Alcohol Management Programme from May to identify, manage and rehabilitate pilots with problematic use of alcohol, the release said.

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Kevin Shum, Director General of CAAS, said: “The safety of aircraft operations, passengers and crew on board is paramount and the CAAS and the aviation community take a serious view of pilots operating under the influence of alcohol.”

“The new alcohol testing and management programmes will help ensure that pilots’ ability to operate aircraft is not impaired by alcohol,” he said. (IANS)