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Danisha Hakeem

Tripartite workgroup to provide update on raising retirement and re-employment ages before Sep: Manpower Minister Josephine Teo

Members of the public can expect to be updated on the Tripartite Workgroup on Older Workers’ efforts to raise the ages of retirement and re-employment for Singaporeans before Sep this year, said Manpower Minister Josephine Teo. In a statement on Tue (11 Jun), Mrs Teo added that there has been “very good progress” on the workgroup’s efforts, and that “there …

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Prediction of “stable” hiring prospects for Q3 2019 may not be all-encompassing as unemployment rate continues to rise among Singaporeans in Q1

Following the findings of a new survey predicting employment prospects in Singapore for the third quarter of this year, veteran blogger and financial advisor Leong Sze Hian has suggested that there is an increase in the unemployment rate among Singaporeans in the first quarter this year, while the unemployment rate among permanent residents and foreigners are likely to have decreased. …

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MAS issues prohibition on the offering of loan services by remittance licensees

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has issued a prohibition on the offering of loan services by remittance licensees yesterday (10 Jun). Remittance firms are expected to cease offering such services by 10 Sep this year. The prohibition, however, will not apply to existing loans including restructured and refinancing loans, ST observed. A MAS spokesperson told The Straits Times that …

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PDPC imposes S$8,000 fine on law firm for incorrect disclosure of clients’ personal data via emails

The Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC) has issued an S$8,000 fine against a law firm after an administrative staff was found sending email correspondences meant for a client to an incorrect email address by mistake on two separate occasions in 2017. A third email correspondence was mistakenly sent by Matthew Chiong Partnership’s Managing Partner and Data Protection Officer to the …

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PUB fines 38 companies including BreadTalk for illegal waste disposal into public sewers

38 companies including renowned bakery and food manufacturing firm BreadTalk were slapped with hefty fines for disposing regulated chemicals over allowable limits into public sewers over the period of Jun last year and May this year. Public Utilities Board (PUB) said yesterday (10 Jun) that BreadTalk was fined S$16,300 under the Sewerage and Drainage (Trade Effluent) Regulations (SD(TE)R) after it …

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Bhutan succeeds India in decriminalising homosexuality as National Assembly passes Penal Code amendment

Less than a year after its neighbour India repealed a colonial-era law which criminalised homosexuality for centuries, the kingdom of Bhutan’s National Assembly had almost unanimously passed an amendment to the nation’s Penal Code on Fri (7 Jun). Local dailies Kuensel and The Bhutanese reported that only one parliamentarian in Bhutan’s lower house of Parliament voted against the amendment to repeal …

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PDPC fines computer service vendor S$4,000 over programming error resulting in disclosure of NSmen’s personal data

The Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC) has issued a S$4,000 fine against a computer service vendor for a programming error that resulted in the disclosure of the personal data of over 400 national servicemen (NSmen) in Jun last year, comprising the NSmen’s login identification, email addresses, delivery addresses and mobile numbers. Option Gift Pte Ltd, the vendor responsible for handling …

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PM Lee’s Vietnamese “invasion” remarks “suggest an insolence” to Khmer Rouge massacre victims; politicians need “human rights awareness and training”: M Ravi

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s recent remarks on Vietnam’s intervention in Cambodia preceding the Khmer Rouge regime’s downfall “suggest an insolence” to over 1.6mil victims of the genocide, said Singaporean international human rights lawyer Ravi Madasamy, more commonly known as M Ravi. In the wake of former Thai PM and President of the Privy Council Prem Tinsulanonda’s passing, Mr Lee …

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Visa introduces contactless payment for public transport in partnership with LTA’s SimplyGo initiative

Commuters taking public transport in Singapore will now have the option to tap their Visa contactless cards or compatible mobile devices at MRT stations or buses as a part of the global payment system’s partnership with the Land Transport Authority under the SimplyGo initiative. Covering 30,000 contactless payment acceptance points worldwide, multinational banks such as Bank of China, CIMB, Citibank, …

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