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Monthly Archives: Mar 2016

Singapore-based carrier, Jetstar adopts Singlish as official customer-facing language

Update: Oh, it's an April Fool's Joke. Singapore-based carrier, Jetstar will be speaking Singlish to individuals based in the city-state. From 31 March 2016, Singapore-based customers who visit www.jetstar.com will be automatically redirected to a Singlish version of the website. The Singlish homepage is Jetstar’s first step towards its localisation strategy, as Jetstar looks to build stronger connections with consumers across Asia. …

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Shophouse saga leads property agent to sue for her commission share

By 99.co The shophouses at Sophia Road Around 2008, a row of nine shophouses along Sophia Road was put up for collective sale. There were around 10 different owners, but for simplicity's sake we refer to them as just “the owners”. That year a representative of the owners met with Aurum Land - a developer known for high end projects …

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Takashimaya and Ngee Ann Development in dispute over rent

The landlord of Ngee Ann City and its anchor tenant, department store Takashimaya, are currently in a dispute over rent and have taken the case to the High Court. Takashimaya and Ngee Ann Development have been in a business partnership for over 22 years. In 1993, Takashimaya signed a lease with Ngee Ann Development for 20 years, which also give …

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Taiwan president-elect writes to deceased four-year-old girl, “Auntie will not let your sacrifice go to waste”

On 28 March, a four-year-old Taiwanese girl was brutally beheaded in broad daylight as she was on her bicycle with her mother following close behind. Among calls from the Taiwanese public for the harsh punishment for the killer, a 33-year-old man named Wang Ching-yu, Taiwanese president-elect Tsai Ing-Wen has also come forward to speak about the incident. In a Facebook …

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What does Budget 2016 mean for housing?

By 99.co Budget 2016 introduces some subtle, but significant, policies. In particular, we note that the government is sticking to its long time promise of affordable housing. Despite brushing off calls for the lifting of cooling measures, we feel that Minister Heng Swee Keat has nonetheless put in changes that could have a positive effect on the property market. How …

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Widow of technican killed by LRT sued SMRT for negligence in 2010

The track incident that led to the deaths of the two young SMRT trainees - Nasrulhudin Najumudin and Muhammad Asyraf Ahmad Buhari - was tragic, avoidable and certainly not unprecedented. In fact, just 6 years back, SMRT Technician Mr Chia Teck Heng was killed under similar circumstances. In the morning of 27 October 2010, Mr Chia Teck Heng, a technician who …

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Safety First, Murphy’s Laws & SMRT’s safety protocols

By Law Kim Hwee My Malay friends have shown me how resilient they are. When an unexpected death occurs, family members and friends will close rank, grief deeply but not showily – and then move on with life. As Muslims, they believe anything that can happen is Allah’s will. Still, may I extend my deep condolences to the families and friends …

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