Danisha Hakeem

Indonesia’s anti-graft bill ushered in after deadly protests

A controversial law critics say would weaken Indonesia’s anti-corruption agency came into effect Thursday after it sparked nationwide protests that left at least three students dead and scores injured. The new bill was introduced as the Southeast Asian nation is on high alert ahead of President Joko Widodo’s second-term inauguration Sunday, after Islamic State-linked militants tried to assassinate a government …

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Section 377A originally enacted to deal with rampant male prostitution in S’pore, provision no longer serves original purpose today: Ex-CJ Chan Sek Keong

The controversial Section 377A of the Penal Code, widely believed to be a piece of legislation that criminalises sexual intercourse between two men, was in fact enacted as a means of dealing with rampant male prostitution in the late-1930s, said former Chief Justice Chan Sek Keong in a 72-page article in the Singapore Academy of Law Journal published on Mon …

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NTUC to set up taskforce to assist pre-retrenchment older workers

The National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) is looking at establishing a taskforce aimed at securing the future of older workers in Singapore, particularly those in the “pre-retrenchment” phase who are in their 40s or 50s, said secretary-general Ng Chee Meng on Wed (16 Oct). Speaking to reporters at the end of the NTUC Delegates’ Conference yesterday, Ng, who is also …

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PAP and NTUC ‘twins’ in S’pore labour system, workers should build upon the system instead of tearing it down: PM Lee

There is no need for workers to dismantle Singapore’s current labour system, as the symbiotic alliance between the People’s Action Party (PAP) government and the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) has always been founded on a common desire to improve and secure the the well-being and future of workers in Singapore, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. The partnership between …

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Investors channel S$1bil into Singapore’s fintech ventures in first nine months of 2019 — but face talent shortage

Financial technology (fintech) companies in Singapore raked in US$735mil (S$1bil) in investments in the first nine months of 2019, according to a report by Accenture released on Tue (16 Oct). The total value of investments marked a 69 per cent jump from the same period the previous year, from US$435mil to US$735 mil. The number of fintech investments made, however, saw …

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S. Korea’s bid to raise retirement age draws criticism, analysts warn against potential repercussions to economy and labour market

The South Korean government’s proposal to raise the official age of retirement from 60 to 65 has received considerable criticism, as experts warn against the possibility of further disruption to the labour market and a widened economic gap in society. Bloomberg reported Mon (14 Oct) that South Korea’s poverty rate among the elderly is the worst out of all of …

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