Monthly Archives: July 2018

Court of Appeal reserves judgment in criminal reference to clarify legal criteria of “import” and “in transit” under the Endangered Species Act

by Guo Rendi On Monday (2 July 2018), a five-judge Court of Appeal reserved judgment on a landmark criminal reference filed by a Singaporean businessman and his firm, who were convicted of illegally importing Madagascan rosewood logs by the High Court in March last year, seeking to clarify the correct legal test to determine when scheduled species, being protected under the …

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LTA disappointed in oBike’s failure to return users’ deposit in light of Singapore exit

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has expressed disappointment over bike-sharing operator oBike’s failure to return the latter’s users’ deposits. oBike’s chairman Shi Yi was previously quoted as saying that the company hopes that the LTA will not levy fees against them in the event that the company fails to remove its fleet of bicycles from public spaces throughout Singapore. Speaking to …

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Spare us the talk about humility, why not put it into practice?

by Augustine Low The government seems to have shifted from talking about building trust with the people to its latest pet topic: Humility. Marking the start of the annual Public Service Week, Minister Chan Chun Sing preached to public officers about the importance of staying humble and working together as a team. Recently, when announcing in Parliament that 4G leaders …

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“Bigging up” the SAF to send a message to our neighbouring countries?

There seem to be 2 types of communication between the Singapore establishment and the Malaysian government. There are the face to face meetings and then there is the sending of messages through the media. Take for instance the High Speed Rail project – its cancellation was announced to the media by Mahathir before any communication was made between official channels. Indeed, …

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1MDB Task Force has no legal grounds to arrest Najib, claims Malaysian Bar Council

The Malaysian Bar has launched criticisms against the 1MDB Special Task Force regarding their announcement of former Prime Minister Najib Razak’s arrest yesterday. George Varughese, the Bar Council’s president, said on 3 July that the task force does not have any legal authority in making such arrests. “The Malaysian Bar is shocked and troubled by the press statement issued today by …

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New heads of Malaysian GLCs should not expect big salaries, says Dr Mahathir

Under the new Pakatan Harapan government, those who have been appointed to spearhead Malaysian government linked-companies (GLCs) should no longer expect to receive big salaries. Speaking to Malaysian media at the end of his two-day visit to Jakarta on an ASEAN tour on 30 June, Malaysian Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said that while their salaries will not be …

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Fines imposed by LTA might affect funds available to return customers’ deposits, said oBike chairman

Any fines imposed by Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) on oBike should the latter still fail to remove its bicycles from the streets by the stipulated Jul 4 deadline might affect the funds available to oBike for the purpose of returning customers’ deposits, said oBikes’s founding investor and chairman, Shi Yi. The 29-year-old told Channel NewsAsia via an email correspondence that the company is hoping …

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Action will be taken against employers who misclassify employees as executives to avoid paying overtime, MOM declares

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has made a declaration against employers who misclassify employees as executives or managers in order to avoid paying them for overtime work. In a statement made by Then Yee Thoong, Divisional Director of the Labour Relations and Workplaces Division under the Ministry of Manpower, he stated that an employee is entitled to being paid for …

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