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Danisha Hakeem

12 Malaysian universities to award over RM11.4mil in scholarships to Palestinian undergraduates and postgraduates residing in Malaysia

Palestinian students pursuing their undergraduate, postgraduate and post-doctoral degrees in 12 Malaysian universities stand to receive almost RM11.5mil in scholarships via the Palestinian Cultural Organisation Malaysia (PCOM), said Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. Among the 12 universities are Multimedia University, UCSI University, Universiti Teknologi Petronas, Universiti Tenaga Nasional, Sunway University, Universiti Kuala Lumpur and Universiti Utara Malaysia. Speaking at the 9th …

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Singapore and Malaysia to suspend RTS link project until end of September as Malaysia revises project scope and costs

Singapore and Malaysia have agreed to suspend the Johor Bahru-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS) link project until the end of Sep this year upon Malaysia’s request to revise the specifics of the infrastructure project, particularly in relation to costs. TODAY reported Singapore’s Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan as saying at a joint press conference on Tue (21 May) that the …

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Drag queen Becca D’Bus condemns Tosh Zhang’s “gross” and “unprofessional” sudden withdrawal from Pink Dot Ambassador role

Drag queen Becca D’Bus has criticised actor-singer Tosh Zhang’s unilateral decision to withdraw from his role as this year’s Pink Dot Ambassador, following the backlash received by the latter after a string of homophobic tweets from 2010 to 2013 have resurfaced. D’Bus took to Facebook on Sat (19 May) to brand Zhang’s decision to do so before consulting the organisers …

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Taiwan becomes the first in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage through groundbreaking Bill

This year’s International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia witnessed a significant moment in the history of LGBTQ rights as Taiwan’s parliamentarians pass Asia’s first same-sex marriage legislation today (17 May), despite strong opposition from the public as seen in the results of a referendum last Nov. Results of the referendum revealed that more than 70 per cent of people …

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PUB rejects Hyflux potential white knight investor Utico’s bid to delay Tuaspring desalination plant takeover

Singapore’s national water agency Public Utilities Board (PUB) has rejected Emirati utilities group Utico’s request to delay the statutory body’s takeover of beleaguered water treatment firm Hyflux’s Tuaspring desalination plant due tomorrow (18 May). PUB told The Straits Times that it will stand by “all the announcements that have already been made about PUB taking over the Tuaspring Desalination Plant”. …

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Singapore-based maritime carrier PIL received loans from Temasek Holdings last year, sovereign wealth fund holds shares in company as collateral

Singapore-based maritime containerline Pacific International Lines (PIL) received “previously unreported loans” from the Republic’s sovereign wealth fund Temasek Holdings in the form of hedge funds last year. Citing world maritime news platform Alphaliner‘s latest weekly report, international maritime and shipping news platform Splash 24/7 added that in return, PIL, the 10th largest ocean carrier globally, had pledged its shares to …

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Third potential white knight investor for Hyflux makes non-binding letter of intent for overseas assets

Debt-laden water treatment firm and genco Hyflux has received yet another non-binding letter of intent from its third potential white knight investor, which has yet to be named. The company revealed the development in a Singapore Exchange announcement yesterday afternoon (15 May), during which it indicated that the potential new investor is the one of the top 10 largest desalination …

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Pink Dot’s 11th edition aims to highlight stories of discrimination against LGBTQ Singaporeans

Homegrown non-profit movement Pink Dot will be ushering into its 11th year by taking a strong stance against the discrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) Singaporeans. This year’s Pink Dot campaign video centres the stories of three individuals who have faced discrimination as a result of their gender and/or their sexual orientation, and depicts them sharing their …

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