Danisha Hakeem

Singapore’s transport minister meets Malaysian ministers to discuss KL-Singapore High Speed Rail and Johor-Singapore Rapid Transit System

In a visit to Malaysia's administrative capital city Putrajaya yesterday (Aug 23), Singapore's Transport Minister Mr Khaw Boon Wan discussed the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail (HSR) project with Malaysia's Economic Affairs Minister Mr Mohamed Azmin Ali. According to a Ministry of Transport spokesperson, the purpose of the meeting was to "continue the discussion they had on 11 Aug on …

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Malaysia axes East Coast Rail Link, among other China-backed mega projects

Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has announced the cancellation of China-backed mega-projects signed under Najib Razak's Barisan Nasional administration, notably the US$20bil East Coast Rail Link (ECRL), today (21 Aug). Speaking to reporters at the end of his five-day official visit to China, Dr Mahathir said that Chinese authorities as well as the firms involved in the projects will …

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HDB flat buyers should be aware that they are “lessees, not owners”, says renowned real estate agent

Licensed real estate agent with International Property Advisor Pte Ltd and co-founder of HugProperty.com, Mr Ku Swee Yong, has recently advised Singaporeans to shed archaic notions and preconceptions regarding ownership of residential property in Singapore, particularly that of Housing and Development Board (HDB) flats. He argued that it would be more beneficial for Singaporeans to "acknowledge that HDB flat buyers …

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South Korea paving way towards alternative forms of national service for conscientious objectors

In a landmark Constitutional Court ruling on 28 June this year, South Korean authorities were ordered to impose substitutes to military conscription against conscientious objectors in the Republic's national service, nearly 65 years post-Korean War. However, the court remained steadfast in its decision to uphold the imprisonment of able-bodied South Korean men between the age of 18 to 35 who …

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Ryde decides not to recruit private-hire drivers and cabbies following LTA warning

In a turn of events, Singapore's homegrown mobility app Ryde has declared yesterday (16 August) that it will not take on private-hire vehicle (PHV) drivers and taxi cab drivers for the new RydeSend initiative, following the warning received from the Land Transport Authority (LTA) on Wednesday. The company, which has signed up 3,000 taxi drivers but has yet to incorporate them …

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Pakatan Harapan made promises in its “thick” manifesto without anticipating a victory in GE14: Dr Mahathir Mohamad

It was reported by Malaysiakini on Tuesday that Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad had admitted that fulfilling the promises by the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition in its "thick" manifesto has been a challenging feat, considering the fact that the coalition did not truly anticipate coming into power in the 14th General Election on 9 May. Speaking at a gathering …

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