Daily Archives: 2019-11-06

DFS offers retrenched staff new severance packages following negotiations

Hong Kong-based duty free retailer DFS has offered its retrenched staff members new severance packages following multiple rounds of negotiations, according to TODAY on Wed (6 Nov). In a letter to retrenched employees, which was seen by TODAY and confirmed by several former employees of the duty free retailer, it was stated that affected staff members will now be receiving …

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Ex-Goldman banker in 1MDB case to face Malaysia trial next year

An ex-Goldman Sachs banker will stand trial in Malaysia in April over the 1MDB scandal after he returns from the US where he has also been charged, an official said Wednesday. Billions of dollars were stolen from Malaysian state fund 1MDB in a fraud allegedly involving former prime minister Najib Razak and his cronies, and spent on everything from high-end …

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Pro-Beijing politician wounded in Hong Kong knife attack

by Jerome TAYLOR / Yan ZHAO A firebrand pro-Beijing politician in Hong Kong was stabbed by a man pretending to be a supporter on Wednesday, the latest tit-for-tat political violence in a city engulfed by seething pro-democracy protests. The attack came as the Hong Kong’s unpopular leader Carrie Lam said her resolve to crack down on the protesters had been …

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Malaysia hands jail term to laundrette cat killer

A Malaysian man who killed a pregnant cat by putting it into a laundrette dryer has been sentenced to 34 months in jail, official media reported, in a case that sparked outrage. K. Ganesh was handed the prison term Tuesday after being found guilty of breaking animal protection laws at the self-service laundry outside Kuala Lumpur in September last year, …

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Duterte foe accepts Philippine drug war post

A fierce critic of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadly anti-drug war accepted a top post on Wednesday to help steer the campaign, pledging to halt killings of the innocent. While critics said the appointment is an effort to tarnish an adversary, the move will put Leni Robredo in the cockpit of the internationally condemned crackdown. Duterte offered the post to …

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PMD users vent frustrations with the sudden ban of e-scooters on footpaths

On Tuesday (5 November), electric scooters were banned from all footpaths in Singapore, after Senior Minister of State for Transport Lam Pin Min announced it a day earlier in Parliament. The Land Transport Authority (LTA) said in a statement that despite “significant efforts” to regulate the use of such personal mobility devices (PMDs) using laws and to educate the public …

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DPM Heng Swee Keat calls for adjournment after being questioned by Sylvia Lim

On Tuesday (5 November), Parliament debated a motion put forth by Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat for Worker’s Party (WP) MPs Sylvia Lim and Low Thia Khiang to recuse themselves from dealing with or having oversight over financial matters of the Aljunied-Huogang Town Council (AHTC) until the court case has ended. In his long speech calling for the motion, …

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Forum panelists condemn racist comments against condo resident Erramalli Ramesh

At a forum organised by interfaith organisation Roses of Peace, National University of Singapore (NUS) and Straits Times on Sunday (3 Nov), panelists urged the silent majority to “call out” racist comments posted online. The forum which was held in NUS was supported by OnePeople.sg, a national body chaired by Dr Puthucheary, the Senior Minister of State of the Communications …

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