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Danisha Hakeem

“Singapore rapidly developed” due to Malaysia’s raw water supply; Johor must push on water price renegotiation: Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad

The people of Johor, particularly the state government, should speak up on their rights in relation to the water price agreement, particularly regarding the rate at which water is sold to Singapore, said Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad. Bernama reported the prime minister as saying at the Johor Government Retreat with Federal Cabinet on Thursday (28 Feb) that it …

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Pakatan Harapan may be facing “teething problems”, but “we are certainly not collapsing”: Klang MP Charles Santiago on Bilahari Kausikan’s remarks

While acknowledging that Malaysia’s ruling coalition Pakatan Harapan (PH) is undergoing teething issues, Klang Member of Parliament Charles Santiago rejected the assertion of Singapore’s former Ambassador-at-Large Bilahari Kausikan’s that PH is “falling apart”. Mr Santiago’s response to Mr Kausikan’s comments was published on Malaysiakini on Tue (26 Feb). “I am not denying that Malaysia’s ruling coalition is experiencing teething problems, …

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Govt “aware” of relationship between new Auditor-General and her Senior Minister of State spouse, but maintains that “no conflict of interest” exists: Chan Chun Sing

While the Government is aware of the relationship between Singapore’s new Auditor-General and her spouse, who is a Senior Minister of State, there is no conflict of interest at hand, as she is not a political office holder, said Minister of Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing. Mr Chan was responding, on behalf of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, to …

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Temasek Holdings among other “big-ticket investors” to “lose millions of dollars of investments” following proptech startup Iwjw’s liquidation: China Money Network

Singapore’s government-owned Temasek Holdings is one of several blue-chip investors on the verge of losing “hundreds of millions of dollars” in the aftermath of Shanghai-based residential property tech startup Ai Wu Ji Wu (Iwjw)’s liquidation. Tech and venture capital markets data intelligence platform China Money Network reported on Wednesday (27 Feb) that the Chinese startup had “reportedly gone into liquidation …

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Rapid electricity tariff hikes: Protective measure for ‘gencos’ due to low demand and overcapacity?

The demand in Singapore’s electricity generation sector “has weakened” as “more industrial users pursue energy efficiency” such as solar power, in addition to a slowdown in Singapore’s economic growth, reported The Business Times in Apr last year. While Singapore’s power generation sector presently has a total capacity of 13,350 MW, the highest demand averaged only 7,000 MW up to Mar 2017. …

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#SGBudget2019: Merdeka Generation Package merely a rebranding of Pioneer Generation Package, opines educator and politician Mohd Nassir Ismail

The Merdeka Generation Package (MGP) offered by the Government in Budget 2019 is merely a rebranding of the Pioneer Generation Package (PGP) that was launched five years ago, according to international educator and member of the People’s Voice Party Mohamed Nassir Ismail. “What is Merdeka [Generation Package]? Actually, it is from Pioneer [Generation Package],” said Mr Nassir, adding: “It’s just …

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Bilahari Kausikan’s call to use military force against Malaysia in bilateral spats “akin to cries of desperate opportunists”: Malaysian senator Yusmadi Yusoff

The recent comments made by Singapore’s former Ambassador-at-Large Bilahari Kausikan regarding deploying military force in bilateral conflicts between the Republic and its northern neighbour Malaysia are “akin to cries of desperate opportunists seeking to rally consensus for war against a bogeyman”, opined a Malaysian senator. In an op-ed article published by Malay Mail on Saturday (23 Feb), Member of Dewan …

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Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan to act on behalf of Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan in bilateral talks with Malaysia following the latter’s arm injury

Following Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan’s extended medical leave as a result of an arm fracture after a fall last week, Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan has been appointed as the Acting Minister in Singapore’s bilateral negotiations with Malaysia. In a statement on Monday (25 Feb), the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) announced that Mr Khaw is currently being warded, and “will …

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“Re-position” Sentosa as “the new Bali” for tourists: City Developments Ltd Executive Chairman Kwek Leng Beng

Singapore should “re-position” Sentosa as “the new Bali” for tourists, said City Developments Ltd. Executive Chairman Kwek Leng Beng. Bloomberg reported Mr Kwek as saying on Thursday (21 Feb) that “Sentosa was touted when it first started for the rich and famous”, and that over time, Singapore had overlooked the island. “Her parents just forgot about this young lady … …

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