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Daily Archives: 2018-09-20

Are Singaporeans “crybabies” who get the government they deserve?

Vlogger Nuseir Yassin, also known as Nas Daily, has branded Singaporeans “crybabies” for taking him to task over his videos effusively praising the country, the latest one even calling Singapore “the almost perfect country.” You may also recall that after a crushing defeat on election day in 2015, Opposition politician Kenneth Jeyaretnam said: “Singaporeans get the government they deserve, so …

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NEA to use thermal cameras to detect errant smokers – and that’s scary

On 10 September, Senior Minister of State for the Environment and Water Resources Dr Amy Khor said in parliament that the NEA is exploring the use of thermal cameras to detect illegal smoking. She says that “the cameras are equipped with heat-detection capabilities that can detect smoking activity and can be operated manually. When deployed, these cameras will be able …

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Singapore hotel tycoon’s alleged involvement in Maldives’ rampant corruption revealed in leaked files

Singaporean luxury hotelier Ong Beng Seng was accused of being involved in what was dubbed by reporters of the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) as "an orgy of corruption" in the Maldives. Ong, who is the co-founder and managing director of Hotel Properties Limited (HPL), which owns the Four Seasons and Hilton hotels in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, the United …

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Intertwining of overlapping relationships between GLCs and PAP govt, what extent is the conflict of interest and lack of accountability

Apart from the obvious problems caused by the recent SingHealth cyber security breach such as the strength of the systems that we have in place and whether or not we are as robust as claimed, the security outage has shed some light on the relationships between our government linked companies (GLCs) and the ruling PAP government. Given the intertwining of …

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Meet the 18 founding members of Alibaba Group

Recently, Jack Ma announced his retirement from a 19 year in the making success of Alibaba Group, at the age of 54. He led the company from his humble beginnings back in his apartment to now what is known as an e-commerce giant worth $420 billion today. Along with the announcement, Daniel Zhang was named as the successor of Ma …

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Man jailed for illegal import of two birds and animal cruelty

A 46-year-male was sentenced to six weeks’ jail by the court today for the illegal import of two birds and six weeks’ jail for another charge of failure to ensure that the birds were not subjected to unnecessary suffering. Both sentences will run concurrently. In a press release on Thursday (19 September), Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said that on …

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Extension of Frequent Traveller Programme to eligible holders of Thai passports

The Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) has announced that the Frequent Traveller Programme (FTP) to eligible holders of Thai international passports will be extended from 24 September 2018. In a press release on Thursday (20 September), it stated that this will enable them to use the automated immigration clearance facilities (also known as the enhanced immigration automated clearance system or …

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Three male Chinese nationals jailed six months each for harbouring immigration offenders

Two male Chinese nationals were sentenced to six months’ imprisonment each on 2 August 2018 for harbouring two immigration offenders. The other male Chinese national was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment on 14 September 2018. In a press release by Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) on Wednesday (19 September), states that investigations revealed that two Chinese nationals, Xu Xiangjie, aged …

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