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Daily Archives: 2018-06-11

Series of PR gaffes even as SG tries hard to impress

by Serene Ong Based on events and incidents that took place within 24 hours of North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un's arrival in Singapore on Sunday afternoon, there are indeed lessons the Singapore Government needs to learn - and may they quickly do so. The first gaffe occurred shortly after Kim was introduced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to a …

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Mahathir calls for review of Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement

Newly elected Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has called for a review of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. He told reporters in an interview with Japan's Nikkei published on Saturday (9 June) that smaller economies like Malaysia were at a disadvantage under the current terms. He noted that the trade pact, which includes Japan and Canada, should take into consideration …

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$180 million of Medisave top-ups for Pioneers in 2018

Pioneers will receive letters informing them of their Pioneer Generation MediSave top-ups for 2018, which will be credited in July in the coming week. This is announced by the Ministry of Finance (MOF) on Monday (11 June), noting that this forms part of the Pioneer Generation Package to thank and honour Pioneers for their hard work and dedication to make …

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EIU analyst on NK-US summit in Singapore: “Indirect benefits, both for the government and businesses, will eventually be significantly higher than the costs”

Speaking to the media on Sunday (10 June), Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong confirmed that Singapore will spend about S$20 million on the summit where American President Donald Trump will meet with North Korean Leader, Kim Jong Un on Tuesday (12 June). On the amount spent, PM Lee said: "We are willing to pay and its our contribution to an international …

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91 arrested in 5-day island-wide operation by Central Narcotics Bureau

91 suspected drug offenders were arrested and about 48g of ‘Ice’, 12g of heroin, 32g of cannabis, 23 ‘Ecstasy’ tablets, 1g of ketamine, 1g of cocaine, 55 Erimin-5 tablets and three LSD stamps were seized. The latest island-wide operation carried out by the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB), from the morning of 2 June to the morning of 7 June 2018. …

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Extrajudicial killings need speedy independent investigations, says Malaysian NGO

A Malaysian Non-Government Organisation is calling for speedy independent investigations by the new Pakatan Harapan government as six individuals have been reportedly shot to death by police After Pakatan Harapan became Government. In a statement issued on Monday morning, MADPET(Malaysians Against Death Penalty and Torture) expressed its disappointment with the lack of response of the new Pakatan Harapan government, in …

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A Truly Historic Summit

by Jung-kyu Kim The summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un has captured the world’s attention. To watch the two flamboyant leaders – who have exchanged such colourful insults as the “Rocket Man” and the “mentally deranged US dotard” – come together in an apparent show of reconciliation is fascinating in itself However, to appreciate the true significance of …

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