Good morning! Here are our top stories to kick-start your Thursday, June 13.


Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam calls extradition law protests ‘organised riot’


Protesters gathering and marching in Hong Kong yesterday to oppose the proposed law allowing extraditions to mainland China. Thousands of people began surrounding the Legislative Council from 8am in a bid to cut off lawmakers’ access to the building, and by 11am, the reading of the Bill was postponed. PHOTO: REUTERS

In a strongly-worded three-minute video, Ms Lam said: “This is not an act that shows love for Hong Kong.”

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Why Hong Kong’s extradition Bill is causing an outcry: From a grisly murder to mass protests


Police officer fires tear gas at protesters during a demonstration against a proposed extradition bill in Hong Kong, China on June 12, 2019. PHOTO: REUTERS

What started with a gruesome murder during a local couple’s Valentine’s Day holiday in Taiwan has become the latest flash point in the values clash between Beijing and the West.

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Malaysia’s economic minister Azmin Ali denies he is man in gay sex video, says claims were a ‘nefarious plot’


In his first comments since the video started circulating early on Tuesday, Malaysia’s Economic Affairs Minister Azmin Ali said he has instructed his lawyers to take appropriate action. PHOTO: CHINA PRESS

His denial came after a young government official said in a video confession posted on his Facebook that he and a Cabinet minister were in the video that had been released to reporters and politicians.

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High Court rejects CPF Board’s bid for $417k in alleged arrears, acquits Jurong Country Club


The High Court rejected a bid by the CPF Board to recover nearly $417,000 in alleged arrears of CPF contributions for a gym instructor who worked at the now-defunct Jurong Country Club. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

The court also cleared JCC of four criminal charges of non-payment of CPF contributions, overturning a district court decision last year to convict the club.

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Singapore ratifies international convention on workplace safety and health


Manpower Minister Josephine Teo and International Labour Organization (ILO) director-general Guy Ryder with the instrument of ratification. Singapore has ratified the ILO’s Occupational Safety and Health Convention. PHOTO: INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANIZATION

The agreement commits the Republic to creating, implementing, and periodically reviewing a national policy on workplace safety and health, in consultation with employers and workers.

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Unauthorised data leaks: Grab beefs up data protection measures


GrabCar was fined $16,000 by the Personal Data Protection Commission for the unauthorised disclosure of the names and mobile numbers of 120,747 customers in marketing e-mails in 2017. PHOTO: ST FILE

GrabCar was fined $16,000 by the Personal Data Protection Commission for the unauthorised disclosure of the names and mobile numbers of 120,747 customers in marketing e-mails in 2017.

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More legal protection for sex workers and foreign labourers?


ST ILLUSTRATION: CEL GULAPA

To safeguard the vulnerable, tougher penalties were recently introduced against abusers of five categories of people. Experts and worker advocates see merit in the move and suggest additional areas for consideration.

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NEA issues summons to resident after thermal camera catches smoker in HDB corridor


The National Environment Agency stated in a letter that a surveillance camera had caught on video “people smoking at the corridor… and entering/exiting from the unit” on 12 occasions from April 11-14, 2019. PHOTO: LIANHE WANBAO

In a letter dated June 6 sent to the lessee of a unit at Block 620 Bedok Reservoir Road, NEA stated that a surveillance camera had caught on video “people smoking at the corridor.

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NUH study sees hepatitis B patient cured after stopping medication


PHOTO: ST FILE

Professor Lim Seng Gee, a senior consultant at the NUH department of gastroenterology and hepatology, said stopping medication can allow the body’s immune system to clear the virus on its own.

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Music biopics that get it right – and one that gets it wrong


Rocketman is an inspirational tale of a man beating down his demons. PHOTO: UIP

Some biopics of musicians are beloved award-winners, but how about films that get it all wrong? Film correspondent John Lui takes a look at biopics that stand out, and some that don’t.

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