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EuroCham Survey: European businesses in Singapore concerned about rising rental costs for businesses and staff

European businesses in Singapore are concerned about the rising cost of rental for both residential and office spaces. A EuroCham survey found that 50% of employees experienced a rental cost increase of more than 40%, causing anxiety and distress among 97% of them.


Leong Mun Wai gets to sharpen his debating skills while PAP MPs get to...

Opinion: Leong Mun Wai gets to sharpen his debating skills in Parliament with Ministers taking shots at him while Members of Parliament of the ruling party sit at the back to watch.

How relevant was the disclosure of police investigations of Karl Liew as to that...

How relevant was the disclosure of the police investigation against Karl Liew to the disclosure of Lee Hsien Yang and Lee Suet Fern by Mr Teo Chee Hean?

The idea that money buys success and its ripple effect on our society

Opinion: The formula for success for a nation is not as simple as paying the world’s highest salaries, and you attract the best, the brightest, the most talented to run the country.

Home Affairs Minister’s reply still doesn’t explain how Teo Chee Hean knew of ongoing...

The Minister for Home Affairs and Law, K Shanmugam, explained the government's approach to revealing the names of people under police investigation, specifically in the case of Lee Hsien Yang and Mrs Lee Suet Fern. The Minister clarified that the two had not been issued any order under the CPC to attend any investigations but had absconded from police investigation. His explanation, however, does not clarify how Mr Teo, whose portfolio has nothing to do with law enforcement, learned of the ongoing investigations against LHY and LSF. The use of the word "abscond" by the Minister is also troubling, and it is unclear why an offense is being suggested when the police did not issue an order for LHY and LSF to attend the interview.

Troubling issues rising from Teo Chee Hean’s disclosure on investigation against Lee Hsien Yang...

The recent disclosure of investigations against Lee Hsien Yang and Mrs Lee Suet Fern by Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security, Teo Chee Hean, has raised concerns. The revelation has led to questions about Mr Teo's awareness of ongoing investigations handled by other ministries and government agencies. It is unclear why he had to disclose this information while answering a parliamentary question about an e-book. The fact that Mr. Teo is a veteran politician from the ruling party and has no apparent connection to law enforcement raises further concerns about his access to sensitive information.


India’s parliament adjourned after protests over Gandhi expulsion

India's parliament descended into chaos as lawmakers protested the expulsion of top opposition figure Rahul Gandhi. Gandhi lost his parliamentary seat after being convicted in a case that critics say shows how the rule of law is under threat in India's largest democracy under Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Protests have erupted in recent weeks over potential links between Modi and tycoon Gautam Adani's business empire, and comments made by Gandhi that Indian democracy is "under attack". The opposition has accused Modi's government of using legal action to silence critics and harass press organizations.

Taiwan ex-president Ma heads to China ‘to improve cross-strait atmosphere’

Former Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou embarks on a 12-day visit to China, the first cross-strait trip by a current or former leader in over seven decades, focusing on paying tribute to his ancestors and promoting youth exchanges, without any official meetings.

Myanmar junta chief vows continued crackdown, then elections

Myanmar's junta chief vowed to continue the crackdown on opponents and insisted the military would hold elections, despite admitting it did not control enough territory to allow a vote. The putsch sparked renewed fighting with ethnic rebels and birthed dozens of anti-junta "People's Defence Forces" (PDFs), with swathes of the country now ravaged by fighting and the economy in tatters. More than 3,100 people have been killed in the military's crackdown on dissent since the coup, according to a local monitoring group.

Progress Singapore Party elects new CEC, former Secretary-General Francis Yuen steps down

Progress Singapore Party (PSP) has announced its Central Executive Committee (CEC) after holding its election on Sunday (26 Mar), which will serve for two years until March 2025.

Leong Mun Wai amends Facebook post that K Shanmugam wants to be deleted

Non-constituency Member of Parliament Leong Mun Wai has updated his Facebook post, which was the subject of a heated exchange in Parliament with Minister for Home Affairs and Law K Shanmugam. The post questioned the government's alleged double standards and the characterization of Lee Hsien Yang and Mrs. Lee Suet Fern as "absconders." Mr Shanmugam accused Leong of violating parliamentary procedures and demanded him to delete his post and to apologise. In his amended post on Friday, Mr Leong admitted his mistake in suggesting the guilt of the Keppel Offshore & Marine corruption case executives and has amended his post on Monday accordingly. However, he declined to delete the entire post, stating that other points were valid and not objected by members of the House.




‘Everything Everywhere’ claims early Oscars as gala kicks off with slap...

The sci-fi film "Everything Everywhere All at Once" won early prizes at the Oscars, including best supporting actor and actress for Ke Huy Quan and Jamie Lee Curtis. The film, which features multiple universes and hot dog fingers, has grossed $100 million at the box office and leads the overall nominations count, with 11. Another strong contender for best picture is "Top Gun: Maverick," while the lead acting contests are expected to be incredibly tight. The Oscars hope nominations for popular blockbusters will bring viewers back and improve ratings.

Arts & Culture

Malaysia’s PM congratulates Michelle Yeoh historical achievement; Netizens urge Govt to elevate local creative...

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim congratulates Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh for her historic Best Actress win at the 95th Academy Awards. Yeoh made showbiz history for her performance in the sci-fi film “Everything Everywhere All at Once”. The PM called it a significant achievement and a source of great inspiration and motivation to homegrown actors and actresses, adding that it would provide impetus to the growth of Malaysia's local industry.

Taiwan 34th Lantern Festival celebration signifies return to pre-pandemic normalcy

TAIPEI, TAIWAN —  The celebration of Taiwan's 34th Lantern Festival officially kicked off last Sunday (5 Feb) in Taipei, which also marked the starting...

Venerable Master Hsing Yun passed away at age 97

TAIWAN —  Venerable Master Hsing Yun, the founding patriarch of the Fo Guang Shan (Buddha’s Light Mountain) Buddhist Order, passed away on Sunday (5...

Malay girl astonishes netizens with her outstanding Chinese Lion Dance performance at regional competition

MALAYSIA— When Malaysia Tourism Board promoted the slogan, “Malaysia, Truly Asia” many years ago, the agency wanted to appeal to visiting tourists with the...

Getty Images targets AI firm for ‘copying’ photos

PARIS, FRANCE -- US firm Getty Images on Tuesday threatened to sue a tech company it accuses of illegally copying millions of photos for...