Daily Archives: 2016-12-13

Singapore and Malaysia signs bilateral agreement on High Speed Rail

A bilateral agreement on the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail (HSR) has been signed by Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Minister for Transport Khaw Boon Wan and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Abdul Rahman Dahlan and was witnessed by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak in Putrajaya on Tuesday (13 december). The agreement set the …

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Malaysia enthrones new king in lavish customary oath-taking ceremony

In a lavish ceremony full of customs and centuries of tradition, the Malaysian 15th king, Sultan Muhammad V (47), dressed in gold-colored traditional Malay formal wear, took the oath of office in the Istana Negara in Kuala Lumpur today (13 Dec). The Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Shah, also took the oath of office as the Timbalan Yang di-Pertuan Agong. …

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23 months’ jail and 6 cane strokes for police officer impersonator

The court punished a jobless man for duping and imposing as a police officer to an intellectually disabled woman with 23 months’ jail and six strokes of cane on 13 December. The man, Samad Saptu (47) had posed as police officer and ordered a woman with mild intellectual disability to get into his car along a service road leading to Jalan …

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Number of journalists detained worldwide continues to rise

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is today releasing its annual worldwide round-up of journalists who are detained, held hostage or missing. The numbers are rising dramatically. A total of 348 journalists are currently detained worldwide – 6% more than were detained at this time last year. The number of detained professional journalists in Turkey has risen 22% after quadrupling in the …

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13,730 workers laid off in first nine months of 2016

Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has announced that in the third quarter of 2016 the resident long-term unemployment rate rose from a year ago, with the increase broad-based across age and qualifications In the first nine months of 2016, 13,730 workers were laid off, higher than the same period in 2015 (10,220) and the highest since 2009 (21,210) during the financial crisis. …

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MOM: Tripartite Partners to step up help for workers affected by economic situation

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) stated that a contraction in total employment, increased redundancy levels, and decreases in job vacancies to unemployed ratio have reflected the current subdued global economic conditions and ongoing economic restructuring. The MOM stated in its press release today (13 Dec) that the tripartite partners: the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC), …

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Significant drop in dengue infection cases compared to the week before

The number of dengue cases between  from 4 to 10 December, had a significant fall in cases, where there had been 61 cases of dengue infection, which was the lowest figure in the year. The weekly figure came up to be 26 cases lesser when compared to the week before, continuing the trend of low infection rate which stayed below …

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MOM accepts recommendations of Tripartite Cluster for Cleaners

Ministry of Manpower (MOM) announced on Monday that the Government has considered and accepted the recommendations contained in the report of the Tripartite Cluster for Cleaners (TCC) dated December 2016 on the enhancements to the Progressive Wage Model (PWM) for the cleaning sector. The TCC comprises representatives from the Government, unions, cleaning service providers and buyers. The TCC recommended an increase …

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