Monthly Archives: December 2016

Appeals against dismissal of SMRT staff are still pending

National Transport Workers’ Union (NTWU) said that the appeals against the dismissal of two SMRT staffs are still pending. Mr Rahmat Mohd, 49, the train driver involved in the fatal accident on 22 March, which claimed lives of two SMRT trainees, Muhammad Asyraf Ahmad Buhari, 24, and Nasrulhudin Najumudin, 26, near Pasir Ris MRT station, had been assigned to a non-driving job …

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Second meeting between APL and Hong Kong Customs held for seized Terrex vehicles

Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) said that the second meeting between the shipping firm APL and Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department to resolve the issue of the detention of the Terrex Infantry Carrier Vehicles (ICV) was held yesterday (1 December). The formal reasons for the detention were not yet provided but customs officials hoped to complete their investigation soon. APL and …

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Signing of HSR agreement between Singapore and Malaysia postponed

Malaysia’s Minister in the Prime Minister Department Abdul Rahman Dahlan has announced that an agreement on the High-Speed Rail (HSR) between Malaysia and Singapore will be signed by the end of the year, most likely around 21 December. The signing of the agreement was previously scheduled next Monday (5 December). However, due to scheduling and administrative matters, both sides agreed to …

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Financial penalties imposed upon Standard Chartered Bank and Coutts & Co Ltd for breaches of anti-money laundering requirements

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has announced today (2 December) that it has imposed financial penalties of S$5.2 million and S$2.4 million respectively on Standard Chartered Bank, Singapore Branch (SCB) and Coutts & Co Ltd, Singapore Branch (Coutts) for breaches of MAS’ anti-money laundering (AML) requirements. It said that these breaches occurred in the context of 1MDB-related fund flows …

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AGC appointment of Mr Kwek Mean Luck as Solicitor-General and Ms Mavis Chionh as 2nd SG

Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) has announced the appointment of Mr Kwek Mean Luck as the Solicitor-General and Ms Mavis Chionh as the Second Solicitor-General of the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) with effect from 14 January 2017. Mr Kwek, 43, who takes over from Solicitor-General Lionel Yee Woon Chin, took up law at the University of Cambridge on an Overseas Merit Scholarship from the Public Service …

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The legal aspect of SAF’s armoured personnel carriers dispute with China

By Tan Wah Piow Almost a week into the seizure of nine Singapore’s Terrex armoured Infantry Carrier Vehicles (ICVs) in Hong Kong, the Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen told the press that Singapore would commence legal proceedings for its recovery after the reasons for the detainment were made clear. I find this requirement for “clarification” rather superfluous as the Hong …

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Swimming pool at Toa Payoh turns green

Caused by a burst on the pool wall one of the swimming pool at Toa Payoh Training Ground has become a ‘green tea pool’. The brick burst had caused the filter of the pool to stop working and after some time,  the water turned green, Lianhe Wanbao reported on Thursday (1 Dec). Wanbao wrote that the training pool has been …

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Orchid hybrid was named in honor of Myanmar’s State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi.

The Papilionanda Aung San Suu Kyi has been unveiled in the Singapore Botanic Gardens, where the orchid hybrid was named in honour of Myanmar’s State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi. Ms Suu Kyi has visited the National Orchid Garden to receive the honor in the morning of 1 December, accompanied by Foreign Mininster Vivian Balakrishnan, during her three-day official call to …

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