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Daily Archives: 2019-02-11

Hyflux CEO grilled over being paid S$60mil in dividends while firm resorted to seeking protection from creditors

Troubled water treatment firm Hyflux’s Board of Directors, through its founder and executive chairperson Olivia Lum, were grilled by the Securities Investors Association Singapore (SIAS) over her apparent lack of participation in restructuring efforts despite receiving a payment of more than S$60 million in dividends from her 34 per cent ordinary shareholding in the firm. A statement by SIAS written on Friday …

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Hiring international academics serves to reinforce conservatism in Singapore, says scholar

The hiring of international academics at universities in Singapore could reinforce the country’s lack of academic freedom and “make the academy more conservative, said a scholar to Times higher Education (THE). While internationalisation has been hailed by some as a way for the West to contribute a positive influence on academia in authoritarian countries by improving teaching and research practices …

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A “Sorry” that has little meaning

by Lim Tean Ng Eng Hen apologised in Parliament today for the deaths of the 4 NS men during training in the last 17 months. This “Sorry” comes too late in the day to mollify the anger of Singaporeans for the loss of our Singapore sons. Where was he, Lee Hsien Loong or Halimah Yacob when Singaporeans grieved over the …

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Ng Eng Hen apologises for recent deaths of national servicemen

“I am deeply sorry for the loss of four precious NSmen (national servicemen) in the last 17 months,” said Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen in a ministerial statement addressing the deaths. “MINDEF and the SAF will hold ourselves accountable for every single NSman entrusted to us.” The most recent death of national serviceman Aloysius Pang sent shock waves across the island. …

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Comparison of public healthcare financing between Taiwan and Singapore

by Roy Yi Ling Ngerng In an article Channel NewsAsia wrote yesterday, it talked about a Ms Serynn Guay who said that "one of her worries is "unpredictable" healthcare bills". She said: “We don't know how much we’ll need when we're older ... Will we be able to retire comfortably? Will our savings be enough?” She added: “It’s likely that …

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Tensions between Singapore and Malaysia rekindled in the wake of Polaris-Piraeus collision in disputed waters off Tuas

Tensions between Singapore and Malaysia are on the rise again as Singapore has, once again, firmly called upon Malaysia to remove the latter's vessels from the disputed waters off Tuas in the wake of a collision between the Malaysian vessel Polaris and Greece-registered bulk carrier Piraeus on Saturday (9 Feb). In a statement released on Sunday (10 Feb), a spokesperson on …

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Tan Kin Lian: Did not think Tan Jee Say would qualify as candidate in PE2011

Singaporean businessman and former Chief Executive Officer of NTUC Income Tan Kin Lian revealed that after seven years, he is still being attacked for his participation in the 2011 presidential election results. Expressing this on his Facebook page on 7 February (Thursday), Mr Tan noted that the attack came from two groups – members of the Internet Brigade and supporters …

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Chan Chun Sing again talks as if Singaporeans are naive and daft

Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing is a dead giveaway. He started calling Halimah Yacob “Madam President” even before she had resigned as Speaker of Parliament to contest the presidency. Over the weekend, Chan gave the surest signal that the general elections are not far away. He kicked off his election talk – well, more like snake oil salesmanship, …

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