SINGAPORE: A man was jailed five days and fined S$3,000 on Tuesday (Nov 24) for importing a stun gun from China. As he was unable to pay the fine, he will serve an additional five days' jail for his crime under the Arms and Explosives Act. Sak Yong Meng, 40, pleaded guilty to one count of importing into Singapore a black stun gun that could temporarily incapacitate or injure a person. A second charge involving another stun gun was taken into consideration. The court heard that Sak ordered a S$20 stun gun resembling a flashlight on online shopping platform Wish.com on Jan 19 this year. The device was listed as a stun gun and a "3 in 1 self-defense electric shock portable LED flashlight laser tazer", and was to be shipped from China to Singapore. He also ordered three other stun guns, two pepper sprays and a spring crowbar from the website. On the morning of Jan 28, an Immigration and Checkpoints Authority officer on screening duty at Singapore Post Centre in Eunos … [Read more...] about Man jailed for importing stun gun from China, package spotted at SingPost
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BANGKOK: When Sunantha Ratchawat was hit, her body went numb. It was dark inside the bar, popular with young Thais drinking and dancing and on this night, it was crowded. Music - American hip hop - was blasting through the venue’s speakers. Sunantha, who goes by the name of Pam, was in her early 20s and on a casual night out in 2006 with friends on Khao San Road, a rowdy nightlife district in Bangkok. It was a normal place for her to hang out, and when an altercation broke out near her inside the bar, she initially did not pay much attention. But when gunfire ripped through the bar, her life changed. “I heard that someone shot a gun,” Pam said. “My friend was so scared and we tried to sit down and make ourselves as safe as much as we could. “But unfortunately, the one that was shot and ran away from the bad guy came to us and fell down on us and the bad guy tried to kill him. But it was me and my friend that were shot.” “The second I got shot, I didn’t know myself … [Read more...] about Gun violence in Thailand: A problem that can’t be solved?
BANGKOK: Thailand arguably has a gun problem, but sensational headlines about the country being a regional, even global, leader of gun violence are misleading and dubious. Though it’s difficult to know the extent of the issue for sure, both official and independent data trends indicate that, rates of armed violence are falling in the Southeast Asian country and are not the highest in the region as many have claimed, even if they remain significant. But, many of Thailand’s gun homicides are clearly preventable, and a system that allows for the ready availability of firearms must be rethought. WHY MANY THAIS OWN GUNS Thailand is home to a vibrant gun culture and trade. Bangkok has a neighbourhood entirely devoted to selling firearms and their accessories, where tens of shops offer top-of-the-line and often eccentrically-styled handguns, shotguns and rifles. According to the Ministry of Interior, there are more than 6 million registered firearms in Thailand. Geneva-based … [Read more...] about Commentary: Uncovering the dangerous subculture behind gun violence in Thailand
Niger is due to hold a run-off presidential election on February 21 after no candidate was granted a majority of the vote in last year's December 27 election. The election is expected to be a historical moment for the West African country, with incumbent president Mahamadou Issoufou planning to voluntarily step down after two five-year terms in office. Transitioning power to a new democratically-elected leader will be a first for Niger. The Sahelian nation has only functioned as a multi-party democracy for a decade. Since gaining independence from France in 1960, it has experienced multiple coups and has never witnessed a peaceful hand-over of power. How Niger handles the electoral process at the polls and in the days following will determine how the country has democratically matured in the last ten years. "February 21 is an opportunity eagerly awaited by the people of Niger to witness a transfer of power from an outgoing president to another," political analyst and … [Read more...] about Niger set for first-ever peaceful transition of power
BANGKOK: When South Korea’s Democratic Party, under the leadership of President Moon Jae-in, romped to a comprehensive victory in national elections last month, it signalled overwhelming confidence in the incumbent government during a period of crisis. In effect, it also endorsed Moon’s newly launched climate change policy, which he has dubbed South Korea’s Green New Deal, echoing language used in Europe and the United States for a transformative agenda to shift away from damaging fossil fuels. It puts the country, which is currently the seventh biggest carbon polluter in the world, on a crash course with a painful, controversial but necessary overhaul of its energy systems. The action plan that the government announced in March - including a large-scale investment in renewable energy, the phasing out of coal operations and financing, a new carbon tax and a target of zero net emissions by 2050 - is at odds with much of the existing infrastructure and policies. Achieving … [Read more...] about South Korea’s Green New Deal ‘stunningly ambitious’ for one of region’s top polluters