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Danisha Hakeem

GRC system enables “PAP backbenchers” who are are nothing more than “yes” men to be “swept into Parliament”: Founder of People’s Voice Party

In a bid to garner the support of Singaporeans for the People’s Voice Party, founder Lim Tean has proposed to remove the Group Representative Constituency (GRC) system should representatives from the party be elected to Parliament, as he believes that the system has enabled representatives from the People’s Action Party (PAP) who are “not qualified to be MPs” to be …

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Go-Jek to launch beta app in Singapore before the end of December

Commuters may expect to have more choices in e-hailing service providers in the very near future as Jakarta-based ride-hailing platform Go-Jek enters the Singapore market with its beta mobile application before the end of this year. Speaking to reporters after a casual discussion at the Singapore Fintech Festival on Wednesday (14 Nov), Go-Jek president Andre Soelistyo revealed that the beta …

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SingHealth cyberattack fiasco: Cybersecurity “a key feature,” not merely a “technical issue” or an “afterthought,” says CEO of CSA

The robustness or a lack thereof of a cybersecurity system should be viewed as a “key feature” of risk management, not as “an afterthought” and an issue that is exclusive to IT personnel, according to the chief executive officer of the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA). In his testimony before the Committee of Inquiry (COI) on the final day of …

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Malaysia abolishes death penalty for 32 offences, according to Minister Liew; death penalty however still under review, says DPM Wan Azizah

Following the announcement made by Malaysia’s Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Liew Vui Keong regarding the Cabinet’s decision to abolish the death penalty, Deputy Prime Minister Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said that the Government will be reviewing the death penalty in relation to drug abuse. Speaking in Parliament on Tuesday (13 Nov), Mr Liew noted that the death penalty …

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No policy “that prohibits alleged falsehoods”: Facebook on refusal to remove States Times Review post

Following its refusal to take down a post by States Times Review (STR) which contained allegations of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong involvement in the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), social media giant Facebook has revealed the reason behind its course of action. Responding to queries from Channel NewsAsia, a spokesperson for Facebook said: “We have a responsibility to handle any …

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In-app games and various other promotional materials being used by e-commerce players to pique Singaporean consumers’ interest in 11.11

What began as a day to celebrate the singledom of students at Nanjing University in 1993 turned into one of the world’s biggest shopping festivals, thanks to commerce giant company Alibaba in 2009, and Singaporean consumers as well as businesses, particularly e-commerce ones, are not exempt from the hype surrounding 11.11. A recent study by iPrice Group has identified several trends utilised …

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The next General Election “will be a new test for the PAP”: PM Lee

While he believes that the People’s Action Party (PAP) had managed to garner overwhelming support from Singaporeans in the last General Election (GE), Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has also expressed his reservations about falling into complacency, and cautions the party against taking such support for granted. Delivering part of his address in Mandarin during the recent PAP conference on …

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ICA to implement new multi-biometrics system at checkpoints starting April next year

A new scanning system which will include the use of two additional biometric markers, namely facial recognition and iris recognition, will be introduced by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) in April next year at all checkpoints. The addition of the new biometric identifiers will eliminate the problem of the inability of the current system – the enhanced-Immigration Automated Clearance …

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NEA’s changes to contractual terms between social enterprises and hawkers “a good direction forward” for the latter, but “more needs to be done regarding costs” shouldered by hawkers, says stallholder in Yishun

Following the heated discussions surrounding social enterprise operators and their seemingly coercive method of running hawker centres of late, the National Environment Agency (NEA) announced earlier this month on 9 Nov that it has reviewed key contractual terms between the five social enterprises managing the seven new hawker centres and stallholders, namely Fei Siong Social Enterprise, OTMH, Timbre+Hawkers, Hawker Management, and NTUC Foodfare Co-operative. A stallholder who …

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