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Daily Archives: 2018-03-28

More than 13,000 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes seized at Tuas Checkpoint and Pasir Panjang scanning station

More than 13,000 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes seized by Singapore Customs after an Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officer at the Pasir Panjang Scanning Station directed a 20-footer container on Thursday (22 March) at about 8.30 am for inspection. ICA stated that its officer had noticed anomalies in the scanned images of the container that was declared to contain 1,600 …

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SGX consults public on proposed safeguards for dual class share listings

Singapore Exchange (SGX) has announced on Wednesday (28 March) that it is seeking market feedback on proposed safeguards to address expropriation and entrenchment risks of dual class shares (DCS) following broad support for the structure in an earlier public consultation. Tan Boon Gin, CEO of Singapore Exchange Regulation (SGX RegCo), "As Singapore transitions to the New Economy, we need to …

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900,000 Singaporean households to receive S$126 million worth of S&CC rebate

Housing and Development (HDB) has announced in a news release on Wednesday (28 March) that around 900,000 Singaporean households will receive S$126 million worth of Service and Conservancy Charges (S&CC) rebate from April to January next year. HDB stated that each eligible Singaporean household will receive 1.5 to 3.5 months of S&CC rebate in total, depending on their HDB flat type. Households …

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Clarification on report by Lianhe Zaobao on stance of taking down social media posts and articles

In its report published on Wednesday (28 March), Chinese newspaper Lianhe Zaobao reported on the proceedings of the Select Committee hearing 0n Tuesday (28 March) which had freelance journalist Kirsten Han, Howard Lee, former editor of online news sites, Ngiam Shih-tung, vice-president of MARUAH and me as chief editor of The Online Citizen, as witnesses to present oral evidence on deliberate falsehoods. It …

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Season parking charges imposed on military camps from 1 April 2018

The Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) announced that it has been imposing market rate season parking charges on its camps and bases from 1 April 2018. "Following a recent review, six more MINDEF/Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) camps/bases will charge for season parking," the ministry stated. It then added that this is in addition to the 10 camps/bases and related premises that …

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SDP: Continued suppression and denial of fundamental freedoms is tearing apart the social, economic and cultural fabric of Singapore

The recent series of changes or planned changes to the law to curtail the basic fundamental rights of Singaporeans is of great concern to the SDP. The first is the amendment to the Films Act which gives even greater powers to the Infocommunications Media Development Authority (IMDA) to enter any premises including people's homes and seize films it deems as “serious offences” …

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MHA: Two Malaysians working in Singapore arrested by Malaysian police for allegedly hatching terrorist plots

Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has stated on Sunday (25 March) that the two Malaysians working as janitors in Singapore who were arrested by Malaysian police on 1 March for allegedly hatching terrorist plots did not pose a security threat to Singapore. Seven suspected terrorists were arrested by the Malaysian police in the course of a two-week counter-terrorism operation between …

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Competition Commission of Singapore did not receive formal notification from Grab and Uber

The Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS) stated that it has not received formal notifications from Grab and Uber regarding the acquisition of Uber's Southeast Asia business. According to Channel NewsAsia which has asked for its clarification, CCS had written to both companies to clarify the details of the deal, noting that under Singapore’s competition law, mergers that may result in significantly lesser …

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“Fake News”: Keep changing law to keep up with technology?

by Ghui I applaud the hearings convened by the Select Committee on the issue of "Fake News" which took place over the course of the last week. With allegations of Russian interference in the US elections and the Facebook Cambridge Analytica scandal capturing worldwide attention, the notion of "Fake News" is indeed the issue du jour for 2018. I think …

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