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Danisha Hakeem

“Seletar Airport is yours, but Pasir Gudang, Johor, Malaysia is ours”: Malaysia’s Transport Minister Anthony Loke to Singapore

"Hi Singapore, Seletar Airport is yours, but Pasir Gudang, Johor, Malaysia is ours. So please hear us out." This was the friendly reminder given by Malaysia's Transport Minister Anthony Loke on Tuesday (11 Dec), which accompanied a video that was posted on his official Facebook page. The video begins with the question: "Why did Firefly suspend ALL its flights into Singapore after the airline …

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Amendments to the Employment Act to cover all PMEs regardless of salary level, broader definition of dismissal

The extension of core provisions of the Employment Act (EA) to cover all employees is one of the most significant changes proposed in the process of amending the Act, among which include the applicability of statutory annual leave to all employees and a broadened definition of "dismissal". Manpower Minister Josephine Teo announced in her second reading of the Amendment Bill …

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Malaysian vessels to remain in disputed maritime zone while negotiations are ongoing: Dr Mahathir

Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has declared that Malaysian vessels will remain present in the maritime territory that has become the subject of contention between Singapore and its northern neighbour. Speaking at a press conference at the Anti-Corruption Excellence Award at the Malaysian Institute of Integrity in Kuala Lumpur on Monday (Dec 10), Dr Mahathir said: "At the moment, …

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Malaysia’s Transport Ministry “prepared to release letters” regarding ILS, says Minister Anthony Loke

Singapore's Transport Ministry (MOT) has been criticised by its Malaysian counterpart for its allegedly "selective" disclosure of information regarding the Instrument Landing System (ILS) operated to and from Seletar Airport. Consequently, Malaysia's Transport Minister Anthony Loke has called upon Singapore's MOT to release the letters from the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) to the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore …

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Singapore has to “now pay the price” over thorny bilateral relations with Malaysia due to Singapore leaders’ rigidity: Former NTUC Income CEO Tan Kin Lian

Singapore has to "pay the price" for frosty bilateral relations with Malaysia, and the consequences will "cost many times more than the money that we should have spent", said Singaporean businessman and former Chief Executive Officer of NTUC Income Tan Kin Lian. In a Facebook post on Friday (7 Dec), Mr Tan wrote, in reference to the recent bilateral disputes …

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TODAY Online article reproduced on Malay Mail regarding contemporary bilateral disputes deemed “biased” by Malaysian netizens

An article detailing the timeline of bilateral disputes between Singapore and Malaysia titled "Why the Singapore-Malaysia maritime and airspace disputes matter" has received flak from Malaysian netizens for its alleged bias towards Singapore and its poor representation of the current Malaysian administration. The article, which was originally published on Singapore's TODAY Online and reproduced on Malaysia's Malay Mail, made the …

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Malaysian netizens rebut Singapore’s former diplomat Bilahari Kausikan’s “bogeyman” statement

The "political uncertainty" in Malaysia, following Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad's return to the premiership post under the Pakatan Harapan coalition, has led to the re-emergence of thorny bilateral relations between the nation and neighbouring Singapore, said Singapore's former Ambassador-at-Large Bilahari Kausikan. The former diplomat wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday (4 Dec) that such political uncertainty, as a …

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Singapore’s Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan tells Malaysian vessels to “back off” from the Republic’s maritime territory “while we pursue sit-down dialogues” as bilateral disputes escalate

Singapore's Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan has issued a stern warning against Malaysian vessels allegedly encroaching the territorial waters of Singapore, and declared that the Republic will not hesitate to take "firm actions" against further intrusions. In a statement on Thursday (6 Dec), Mr Khaw added that in response to the "provocative action on the part of Malaysia", Singapore will …

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Governments, authorities, and political parties decide if elections are “free and fair”, not tech firms such as Facebook: Facebook’s EMEA vice president for public policy

While tech giants such as Facebook want to do what is necessary using the tools they have engineered in order to contribute to a democratic and just election process in the age of online disinformation surrounding politics, Facebook's vice president for public policy for Europe, Middle East and Africa Richard Allan said that ultimately the governments and political parties of …

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Singapore’s Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan urges Malaysia to “cease” encroachment into “Singapore territorial waters”; Malaysia to send protest note to the Republic over unauthorised implementation of instrument landing system near Johor

In order to "avoid escalating tensions on the ground" and in compliance "with international law", Singapore's Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan has urged Malaysia to "cease" ongoing "provocative intrusions" by the neighbouring nation's vessels into Singapore's maritime territory. In a press release by Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday (5 Dec), which detailed a phone conversation between Dr …

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