Danisha Hakeem

Businesses should “diversify” foreign workforce, invest in developing S’porean workers: Trade and Industry Minister

The diversification of Singapore’s workforce is a crucial step for businesses in “managing concentration risks” and maintaining “business continuity”, said Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing. Speaking at a bicentennial commemoration dinner organised by the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCCI) at the Shangri-La Hotel on Tue (3 Dec), Chan added that businesses in Singapore should continue to …

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ICA in early stages of six-month contactless immigration trial at T4 Changi Airport

The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) is in its early stages of a six-month trial for contactless immigration clearance at Changi Airport Terminal 4 (T4)’s arrival hall for eligible Singaporeans. The trial, which began on 25 Nov, requires the verification of travellers’ iris and facial images for immigration clearance, said ICA on its Facebook page on Wed (4 Nov). The facial …

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New rendition of S’pore’s national anthem debuts on air

The new rendition of Singapore’s national anthem Majulah Singapura made its debut on public airwaves on Tue (3 Dec). The release of the new version, recorded by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, marks the 60th anniversary of the Republic’s national symbols — namely the National Anthem, the state crest and flag. Composed by the late Zubir Said in 1958, Majulah Singapura was adapted …

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Govt should provide HDB flat owners with affordable 99-year lease renewal after 50 years: Nonpartisan experts publish proposals on housing policy

The Government should provide Housing Development Board (HDB) flat owners with an affordable one-time top up of the 99-year lease after 50 years, according to three industry experts and academicians from ground-up imitative, Future Of Singapore . In their public housing policy paper Addressing Singapore’s Key Housing Problems: Asset Protection, Affordability and Access, Chief Executive Officer of International Property Advisor …

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Bukit Batok fire: JCTC to issue Non-Performance notice to contractor tasked to maintain hose reels, accuses JKeart of negligence

The Jurong-Clementi Town Council (JCTC) will issue a Notice of Non-Performance to J. Keart Alliances Pte Ltd (JKeart) for allegedly failing to ensure that a selector switch at the pump room was correctly set after a maintenance exercise of the pumps carried out two weeks beforehand. JKeart, the contractor responsible for maintaining the hose reels at Block 210A at Bukit …

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PVP chief slams Govt decision to change S’pore’s National Anthem in absence of national referendum

The ruling People’s Action Party (PAP)’s decision to introduce a new rendition of Majulah Singapura, Singapore’s National Anthem, is “another sign of the PAP’s total disdain and disregard for the common Singaporean”, charged lawyer and People’s Voice Party chief Lim Tean. “There was no advance notice, no consultation whatsoever by this government … on a matter that is as important …

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Introduction of SERS Plus, Universal Sale and Lease Back Scheme among proposals in WP’s new housing policy paper

The introduction of SERS Plus and a Universal Sale and Lease Back Scheme (USB) are among several alternatives listed in WP’s new housing policy paper to the Voluntary Early Redevelopment Scheme (VERS) introduced by the Government this year. VERS, which was mentioned by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in his National Day Rally speech this year, will grant residents living in …

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