Daily Archives: 2019-11-01

Fugitive Malaysian 1MDB financier offered asylum: spokesperson

A Malaysian financier wanted for his role in the multi-billion-dollar 1MDB financial scandal has been offered asylum abroad, his spokesman said Friday, as reports surfaced he was in the Middle East. The news came a day after US officials announced that Low Taek Jho had struck a settlement to forfeit assets worth $700 million, including a Beverly Hills hotel and a private …

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‘Bulletproof’ China-backed site attacks HK democracy activists

by Esther Chan / Rachel BLUNDY Using Russia-based servers and promoted by powerful groups linked to China’s ruling Communist Party, a sophisticated anonymous website is targeting Hong Kong pro-democracy figures — and there is almost no way to stop it. From high-profile activists to journalists and lawmakers, about 200 people seen as supporting Hong Kong’s protest movement have been “doxxed” …

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China warns it won’t tolerate dissent in Hong Kong

by Poornima Weerasekara with Jerome Taylor in Hong Kong China warned Friday it would not tolerate any challenge to Hong Kong’s governing system, as it laid out plans to boost patriotism in the city and change how its leader is chosen or removed after months of pro-democracy protests. Beijing also said it would brook no foreign interference in Hong Kong …

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Security agency at Eight Riversuites replaced; residents claim it is not related to Ramesh Erramalli incident but due to prior complaints of performance

According to an article by The Straits Times (ST) on Friday (1 Nov), the services of the security agency at Eight Riversuites condominium, which has made headlines this past week following the recent viral video of a resident berating a security officer during the Deepavali weekend, have been replaced with a new security agency. What’s more, as reported by TODAY, …

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ST total circulation trending downwards in last 8 years

SPH has just published its latest annual report for the financial year ending August 2019. It its report, SPH revealed that the total print and digital circulation of its flagship newspaper Straits Times (ST) increased 4.2% from 370,000 to 386,100. This total increase of 4.2% reversed the trend of its last three years’ figures of -18.4% (2016), -2.5% (2017) and …

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Appointment of losing PAP candidates as PA grassroots advisors “compromises” S’pore’s democracy: WP chief rebuts Lianhe Zaobao journalist’s op-ed

The appointment of losing People’s Action Party (PAP) candidates as People’s Association (PA) grassroots advisors brings about consequences that are “far more fundamental and political” than having control over taxpayer monies for upgrading works in HDB estates, said Workers’ Party chief Pritam Singh. Responding to an op-ed originally written by Ng Wai Mun, a Lianhe Zaobao senior journalist, and which …

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41% of Singaporeans don’t feel optimistic about their financial future, according to GoBear’s regional Financial Health Index

According to GoBear’s regional Financial Health Index, despite living in the most financially healthy country in Asia Pacific, Singaporeans don’t feel optimistic about their financial future. GoBear, Asia’s leading financial supermarket, commissioned an online survey with over 4,000 respondents across four countries (Hong Kong, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, and Thailand) in Asia Pacific to better understand the financial health of people …

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India seeks answers from WhatsApp after cyberespionage

India demanded answers from WhatsApp over a snooping scandal Thursday after coming under fire from critics who accused authorities of using malware installed on the Facebook-owned messaging service to spy on citizens. WhatsApp has filed a lawsuit in the United States against Israeli technology firm NSO Group, accusing it of using the hugely popular instant messaging platform to conduct cyberespionage …

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PA Grassroots to organise Deepavali celebration after a letter about its Halloween event was published on ST forum

A member of the public Jason Goh Yew Choon wrote to ST Forum on Tuesday (29 Oct), questioning why the grassroots organisations at Tanjong Pagar GRC and Radin Mas SMC chose to celebrate Halloween instead of Deepavali, which is a Singapore’s festival celebrated on Sunday (27 Oct) this year (‘Forum: Community event could have focused on Deepavali instead‘). “Tanjong Pagar …

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