Daily Archives: 2018-03-19

Software bug in security system caused outages to SingPass and CorpPass

Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information Janil Puthucheary told Parliament on Monday (19 March) that investigations shown that a software bug in the server of a vendor was behind the two outages to SingPass last month, which disrupted hundreds of essential e-government services in what was the longest disruption to SingPass since it was set up in 2003. He was responding …

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Human rights organisations condemn threat against fundamental freedoms in Singapore

(Singapore/Bangkok, 19 March 2018) – Think Centre and the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM – ASIA) express great concern over the proposed Bill No. 11/2018 on Public Order and Safety (Special Powers), as it puts restrictions on the people of Singapore to exercise their fundamental freedoms. We particularly condemn the inclusion of peaceful protests as a threat to …

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Appointment of Board Members to Enterprise Singapore

The Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) has announced on Monday (19 March) the appointment of 18 Board Members to Enterprise Singapore, which will be established on 1 April 2018 following the merger of SPRING Singapore and International Enterprise (IE) Singapore. The appointments of Mr Peter Ong and Mr Png Cheong Boon as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Enterprise …

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Banks accept Singapore and Brunei currencies at par under Currency Interchangeability Agreement but private entities are not required to do the same

A reader wrote to The Online Citizen expressing her question on the status of the usage of Brunei currency here in Singapore, given that Singapore has bilateral agreements in place “allowing” its usage from decades ago. She wrote, “I had twice experienced rejection of the Bruneian dollar when my friend from Brunei and myself tried to use it, once at …

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Fake news and what you can do about it

by Robin Low The term “Fake News” is of great concern for many governments around the world. And why is there such a fake news problem, and do we fall for fake news? Cognitive dissonance is one of the main reasons why people fall for fake news. The term cognitive dissonance is used to describe the feelings of discomfort that …

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Indonesia advocates for Australia to join Asean

Indonesia’s President Jokowi Dodo, also known as Jokowi, has advocated a move for Australia join the Association of South-east Asian Nations (Asean), saying that it is a good idea. He talked about the matter in an interview with Fairfax Media before leaving for Sydney to attend a summit between Asean and Australia over the weekend and his comments were reported by the Sydney Morning Herald …

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