Monthly Archives: July 2019

SDP set to launch transformative education policy while PAP continues to follow its lead in education reform

The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) will be launching its new transformative education policy titled ‘Educating for Creativity and Equality: An Agenda for Transformation’ this Saturday afternoon (12 July) at its headquarters in [email protected] In a press release that was sent out by the SDP earlier today (10 July), the party said it will continue to light up the path and …

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Netizens fume after Transport Minister hinted that public transportation fares may increase following large losses incurred by the Government

While speaking in Parliament on Monday (8 July), Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan revealed that the Government is currently subsidising more than 30% of public transport operations, and it would not be sustainable to continue this practice of relying on government subsidies to fund public transport infrastructure. He said that the total cost of running the rail network has increased …

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Internet Society’s Online Trust Alliance reports cybersecurity incidents cost $45B in 2018

Cybercriminals are getting better at monetising their activities, yet 95 per cent of them could have been avoided. On Tuesday (9 July), the Internet Society’s Online Trust Alliance (OTA), which identifies and promotes security and privacy best practices that build consumer confidence in the Internet, released its Cyber Incident & Breach Trends Report. The report found the financial impact of …

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Malaysia Airlines staff retrenchment will not be part of solution: Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad

Just two days after agreeing to make room for the Prime Minister’s Question Time in the Malaysian Parliament every Wednesday, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad addressed the first question in the Dewan Rakyat sitting this morning (10 Jul), which coincidentally falls on his 94th birthday. Responding to a question from Pontian Member of Parliament (MP) Ahmad Maslan regarding the government’s next …

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Billionaire James Dyson buys Singapore’s most expensive penthouse at S$73.8 million

British billionaire James Dyson – of Dyson vacuum cleaner fame – has purchased the most expensive penthouse in Singapore. The inventor of the bagless vacuum cleaners bought the three-storey penthouse situated on a 62nd to 64th floor Wallich Residence. The penthouse comes complete with a private infinity pool, jacuzzi, barbecue pit, and private lift lobby. The Business Times reported that …

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MOE spends at least S$340 million each year on scholarships and tuition grants for foreign students in tertiary institutions

The Ministry of Education (MOM) announced that it spent about S$130 million annually on scholarships for international students studying in local schools and autonomous universities in the last five years. This was revealed by the Education Minister Ong Ye Kung in a Parliamentary written answer on Monday (July 8), after Non-Constituency Member of Parliament Leon Perera raised this question. “The …

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Food caterer “Stamford Catering” downgraded by SFA over food poisoning incident

Food caterer Stamford Catering’s food establishment grading was demoted to a “C” grade after an incident of 52 persons were reported to have gastroenteritis symptoms, with one case hospitalised, after consuming its food on 2 March 2019. Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) held a joint inspection which was conducted at the Stamford Catering premises located …

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ST Forumer praises Halimah for suggesting to hold cohesiveness conference more often

ST Forumer, Tara Hasnain, praised President Halimah in a forum letter today (9 Jul) for suggesting to hold the cohesiveness conference more often. Halimah mentioned this at a recently held international conference on cohesive societies. “What a positive initiative!” said Ms Hasnain. “Singapore, with its strong cohesion in the political, social, cultural and many other spheres, is certainly a good …

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