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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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Pakatan Harapan’s internal chaos fuelling frictions between Malaysia and Singapore: Bilahari Kausikan

Singapore is being used as a scapegoat to divert attention from political infighting among parties within the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition, said Singapore’s former Ambassador-at-Large Bilahari Kausikan, in reference to the heightened tensions between Malaysia and Singapore in the recent months since the coalition came to power on 9 May last year. The Malaysian Insight reported Mr Kausikan as saying …

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High Court grants homegrown water treatment firm Hyflux leave to convene scheme meeting on 5 Apr

Following the High Court’s approval of troubled homegrown water treatment firm Hyflux’s application to convene a scheme meeting with its creditors, the company will be holding the meeting on 5 Apr as a part of its financial restructuring process. The application was made on 16 Feb jointly with three of Hyflux’s subsidiaries: Hydrochem, Hyflux Engineering and Hyflux Membrane Manufacturing. The meeting …

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Wealth such as capital income and inheritances ought to be taxed to curb growing inequality in Singapore: Prof Donald Low

The absence of any mention regarding new forms of wealth taxation or increase in current forms of such taxation in the 2019 Budget Statement is a cause for concern, as it may pave the way to greater wealth inequality in Singapore when coupled with slow economic growth and an ageing population, said Professor of Practice and Director (Leadership and Public Policy) …

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Democracy, despite its shortcomings, is the best system of governance to have, relative to other systems: Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad

Democracy, despite its shortcomings, is the best system of governance to have in relative to other systems of governance, as citizens have the power to overthrow their government “with a stroke of the pen” at the polls, in contrast to authoritarian systems in which violent revolutions involving wars and bloodshed have to occur for a change to take place, said …

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Former DPP chief Benjamin Pwee submits application to join SDP

Following an announcement regarding his intention to join a “bigger” and “more effective” party earlier this month, former secretary-general of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Benjamin Pwee has submitted his application to join the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) after heading DPP for six years. Earlier in a Facebook post, Mr Pwee revealed that the decision was made “after much internal discussion …

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Talks on 1962 Water Agreement “overshadowed” by new issues surrounding ILS and JPL disputes: MFA S’pore

Following the meeting between Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his Malaysian counterpart Mahathir Mohamad in Nov last year regarding the 1962 Water Agreement between the two nations, a subsequent meeting between the Attorneys-General of both countries was held regarding the issue the following month. A spokesperson for Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, however, revealed on Tuesday (19 Feb) that the …

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#SGBudget2019: Gov expenditure to increase in key areas such as defence & security, technology & enterprise, and social spending

In a bid to manage the ever-growing threats of cybersecurity breaches and terrorism in the Southeast Asian region, as well as to mitigate the negative effects of a globalised economy and workforce, the Singapore Government will increase its expenditure in key areas such as defence and security, technology and enterprise, and social spending to uplift the livelihoods of Singaporeans. Finance …

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