Daily Archives: 2019-11-05

PAP-dominated Parliament passed motion to call for WP’s Sylvia Lim, Low Thia Khiang to be recused from AHTC’s financial affairs

The motion calling for Aljunied-Hougang Town Council (AHTC) to require Workers’ Party (WP) leaders Sylvia Lim and Low Thia Khiang to “recuse” themselves from financial matters has been passed in Parliament on Tuesday (5 Nov). After a lengthy debate of more than four hours over the motion, 52 Members of Parliament stood in support of the motion and nine WP …

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Khush Chopra: Singapore’s strong stance against favouring foreigners and CECA

Will employment pass requirements be tightened or made more flexible? by Khush Chopra Mr Saktiandi Supaat, a People’s Action Party Member of Parliament asked for eligibility criteria for employment pass (EP) holders be tightened in Parliament yesterday. He said: “We cannot continue to have the inflow of foreign specialists in perpetuity without regard for the well-being of our Singapore core.” …

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GrabFood warns longer waiting time and cancelled orders due to e-scooter ban

Following the ban of e-scooters from footpaths starting today (5 November), food delivery provider GrabFood had announced that customers could experience longer waiting time and cancelled orders due to this ban. “As you may be aware, the Singapore government will prohibit the riding of electric scooters (e-scooters) on all footpaths from 5 November 2019. This means that our delivery-partners who …

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Robin Low: Inability to admit mistake for lack of regulations for PMDs

by Robin Low I have seen more cities transform their infrastructure to be more friendly to cyclists, and when there are cycling lanes on the roads, laws that require cyclists to wear a helmet, and getting them to cycle in the direction of traffic. Wearing a motorcycle helmet correctly can reduce the risk of death by almost 40% and the …

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Hong Kong’s economic woes deepen with plunging business outlook

Hong Kong’s economic woes showed no sign of easing Wednesday after a key measure of business confidence fell to its lowest level in more than a decade as the city reels from the global trade war and violent democracy protests. The Purchasing Managers Index — which measures the health of the private sector — dropped to 39.3 in October, its …

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Xi voices ‘high degree of trust’ in Hong Kong leader over unrest

by Dan Martin with Yan Zhao in Hong Kong Chinese President Xi Jinping has expressed a “high degree of trust” in Hong Kong’s unpopular leader Carrie Lam as the two met after months of increasingly violent protests in the semi-autonomous city. Xi’s show of support follows speculation that Beijing was preparing to remove Lam as city authorities struggle to contain …

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Hiring of foreigners in positions prone to foreign influence must be viewed from “broader perspective”: Law and Home Affairs Minister

The nature of organisations and the Government’s own ability to identify any possible foreign influence should be looked into when assessing the risks of employing foreigners in positions prone to said influence, and must be viewed from a “broader perspective”, said Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam in Parliament on Mon (4 Nov). Mr Shanmugam was responding to a …

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In a Hong Kong tea house Beijing loyalists decry protests

by Catherine LAI Serving sweet milk tea and French toast with fermented tofu, Kate Lee’s traditional diner has become a sanctuary for Hong Kongers opposed to youth-led democracy protests sweeping the city. On a recent Saturday morning, the restaurant was packed with hungry patrons served by volunteers who have flocked to take orders and bus tables after Lee spoke out …

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