Daily Archives: 2017-01-12

Human Rights Watch: New repression of dissenting voices in Singapore

Narrowing Space for Critics Undermines City’s International Aims (New York, January 12, 2016) – Singapore heightened restrictions on and harassment of activists and bloggers over the past year, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2017.  In the 687-page World Report, its 27th edition, Human Rights Watch reviews human rights practices in more than 90 countries. In his introductory …

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Retirement and Re-employment (Amendment) Bill 2016 to take effect from 1 July 2017

The Retirement and Re-employment (Amendment) Bill 2016 was passed by Parliament on Monday (9 January). In April 2016, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) announced that following extensive tripartite consultations, the tripartite partners had agreed for the following to take effect from 1 July 2017: raise the re-employment age from 65 to 67. introduce an option to allow eligible employees to …

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What Trump didn’t say adds uncertainty, dollar slumps

By Margaret Yang, CMC Markets US president- elect Donald Trump held his first press conference last night. He acknowledges Moscow hacked the election; He also made it clear that he would isolate himself from his own business to avoid potential conflict of interests, although still maintain ownership. But it is what he didn’t mention – fiscal stimulus - that worries …

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School staff can only accompany young suspects from school to police station

A multi-agency review committee was earlier formed to consider the State Coroner’s suggestions in interviewing young suspects and has reviewed that any young person conveyed from one of the schools to the Police station for an interview will generally be accompanied by an appointed school personnel familiar to the young person. This is the response filed by Assoc Prof Daniel …

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Youth arrested for suspected involvement in several cases of online purchase scams

Singapore Police Force (SPF) has announced that it had arrested a 16-year-old youth for her suspected involvement in several cases of online purchase scams. The police said that since 28 September 2016, it has received several reports from victims who were purportedly cheated after placing orders for slimming cream online. It said that the victims had come across the online advertisement …

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ElderShield may be made mandatory? Claims, premiums?

ElderShield: Stay voluntary or be made mandatory? A Straits Times article, “ElderShield: Stay voluntary or be made mandatory?" on 12 January states that “As the severe disability insurance scheme ElderShield is being reviewed, one new question is whether it should remain voluntary or be made mandatory." "This is part of the feedback received by the ElderShield Review Committee so far, said …

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MRT performance improved or “meaningless” statistics?

MRT network performance up 30% as trains travelled longer distances before delays? The Straits Times article on 12 January, “MRT network performance up 30 per cent in 2016 from 2015” states that “MRT trains generally travelled longer distances before encountering delays last year, compared to the year before, going by latest data from the Government showing improved train network performance. Last …

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Service 382 extended to Sumang Lane and Sumang Crescent starting from 22 January

Ministry of Transport (MOT) and Land Transport Authority (LTA) has announced that the route of existing Service 382 will be extended to Sumang Lane and Sumang Crescent starting from Sunday (22 January). They said that the route extension is to better serve the residents in the area with greater accessibility to Punggol Bus Interchange and MRT Station. It will also …

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