Daily Archives: 2019-06-11

Company fined $44,500 for unauthorised excavation works and damage to water main

Construction company Megastone Holdings Pte Ltd was fined $44,500 for carrying out excavation works without an approved plan from National Water Agency PUB and damaging a 300 mm diameter water main along Pan Island Expressway (PIE), which led to a loss of approximately 1.8 million litres of potable water, equivalent to three quarters the size of an Olympic swimming pool. PUB …

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SCDF ragging death: Officers dismissed concerns that the young serviceman couldn’t swim and did not attempt to stop the incident

A couple of Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) officers are contesting the charges against them in relation to the ragging incident which led to the death of a full-time national servicemen back in May 2018. The two officers, Kenneth Chong Chee Boon (lieutenant) and Nazhan Mohamed Nazi (first senior warrant officer) were the commander and deputy commander of the station …

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MAS issues prohibition on the offering of loan services by remittance licensees

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has issued a prohibition on the offering of loan services by remittance licensees yesterday (10 Jun). Remittance firms are expected to cease offering such services by 10 Sep this year. The prohibition, however, will not apply to existing loans including restructured and refinancing loans, ST observed. A MAS spokesperson told The Straits Times that …

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Singapore seen as one of the easiest countries to do business in Asia

Based on a report by TMF Group, a provider of international administrative services, Singapore is ranked the sixth easiest place to do business in Asia. The Global Business Complexity Index, which compares key administrative and compliance demands across 76 jurisdictions worldwide, found only Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan provided a more straightforward environment for firms looking to …

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LKY’s account shows Singapore supported Khmer Rouge initially before dumping them

It was reported on TOC that Ministry if Foreign Affairs’ press release about Singapore had never supported the Khmer Rogue contradicted with what Singapore’s founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew wrote in his memoir (‘MFA says Singapore did not support the Khmer Rogue but LKY’s book reveals that it provided US$55 million in aid to the Cambodian resistance movement against …

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12 offenders in past cases would have been expelled under new sexual misconduct disciplinary framework says NUS review committee; old cases will not be reopened

According to the review committee on sexual conduct convened by the National University of Singapore (NUS), the current (old) sanctions were not a ‘strong deterrent’, adding that 12 offenders in prior cases would have been expelled under the newly proposed tougher framework. The committee, chaired by NUS Board of Trustee Member Madam Kay Kuok, was convened in April 2019 following …

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Singaporeans continue to support Huawei despite Google ban

Last month, Google stopped its business operations with China’s Huawei with immediate effect, and the suspension include services that involve the transfer of hardware and software as well as technical services except those that are publicly available through open source licensing. Google took this move after Huawei and other 70 affiliates were added to the US Commerce Department’s Entity List …

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Review committee recommends heavier sanctions for sexual misconduct and a gender-balanced BOD; NUS accepts

The National University of Singapore (NUS) says that it has accepted all the recommendations by the review committee on sexual conduct. This includes imposing tougher penalties for serious offences such as a minimum one-year suspension and immediate expulsion in severe and aggravated cases. The committee also recommended a more gender-balanced Board of Discipline (BOD) at NUS. Earlier this year, a …

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PDPC imposes S$8,000 fine on law firm for incorrect disclosure of clients’ personal data via emails

The Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC) has issued an S$8,000 fine against a law firm after an administrative staff was found sending email correspondences meant for a client to an incorrect email address by mistake on two separate occasions in 2017. A third email correspondence was mistakenly sent by Matthew Chiong Partnership’s Managing Partner and Data Protection Officer to the …

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