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Daily Archives: 2017-11-22

MOF: Govt did not say it will not raise taxes (Yes, they did)

The Ministry of Finance issued a rebuttal on its website against accusations that the government has reversed its 2015 position on not raising taxes. Quoting DPM Tharman Shanmugaratnam, they said that the following statement made in 2015 was still accurate today: 'For this current term of government, we have enough revenue.' The ministry explains, "The government began its five-year term of …

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UN experts repeat call for laws to enshrine gender equality in Singapore

The United Nations’ CEDAW committee has repeated its recommendation that Singapore include in its Constitution or laws a definition and prohibition of all forms of discrimination against women. The Committee, comprising international experts, issued its recommendations in a document “Concluding Observations” on Tuesday 21 Nov following the discussions it had in Geneva in October with a delegation from the Singapore …

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SMRT: Driver involved in Joo Koon train collision not be blamed

Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (SMRT) said during media briefing on Tuesday (21 November) that the driver involved in the recent train collision at Joo Koon MRT Station is not to be blamed for the accident, because it was "very difficult and challenging" for him to understand what was happening and respond to the situation. SMRT’s senior vice-president of rail operations for …

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Uber Singapore in process of notifying various regulatory and government authorities

Uber Singapore has announced that it is in the process of notifying various regulatory and government authorities. This comes after chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi revealed on Tuesday (21 November) that hackers compromised personal data from some 57 million riders and drivers in a breach kept hidden for a year. An Uber Singapore spokesperson told TODAY on Wednesday, in response to a query …

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QR code payment offered by banks, citizens voice concerns and ask why the rush

In a Channel NewsAsia report dated 20 November (Monday), it is reported that seven banks in Singapore have announced that they will offer consumers the option of paying using NETS QR code by the middle of next year. DBS Bank, OCBC, and UOB stated in a joint press briefing on Monday (20 November) that they have incorporated NETS' QR code platform and will be …

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How does Singapore score in terms of  “Social Solidarity Economy”? 

I attended the Asian Solidarity Economy Council (ASEC) conference in Manila from 11 to 13 November, which was held in conjunction with the ASEAN People’s Forum (APF)/Asean Civil Society Conference (ACSC). How does Singapore relate to the core values of “Social Solidarity Economy” (SSE)? Governance – participation of the poor in ownership and management – Singapore is arguably lacking in …

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