Danisha Hakeem

Introduction of SERS Plus, Universal Sale and Lease Back Scheme among proposals in WP’s new housing policy paper

The introduction of SERS Plus and a Universal Sale and Lease Back Scheme (USB) are among several alternatives listed in WP’s new housing policy paper to the Voluntary Early Redevelopment Scheme (VERS) introduced by the Government this year. VERS, which was mentioned by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in his National Day Rally speech this year, will grant residents living in …

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Govt must set up necessary training programs for S’poreans in fields frequently filled by foreign workers: PVP chief

The Government must set up “necessary training programs” to train Singaporeans for jobs often filled by foreign workers and “which they claim Singaporeans are not qualified to do”, said People’s Voice Party chief Lim Tean. Narrating the story of a Singaporean taxi driver in his early 40s named Derick on Fri morning (29 Nov), Lim said that Derick had left …

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POFMA Office issues Targeted Correction Direction to Facebook, commences investigations against States Times Review editor

Following the States Times Review (STR) founding editor Alex Tan Zhi Xiang’s non-compliance with the Correction Direction (CD) issued by the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA) Office on Thu (28 Nov), the Minister for Home Affairs has instructed the Office to issue a Targeted Correction Direction (TCD) to Facebook. The POFMA Office, in a statement on Fri …

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District judge dismisses M Ravi’s application to refer Daniel De Costa’s criminal defamation case to High Court

A district judge on Wed (27 Nov) has dismissed lawyer M Ravi’s application to bring a constitutional challenge pertaining to his client’s criminal defamation case to the High Court. District Judge Christopher Tan, during the open court hearing, decided that the issue “does not merit” a referral to the High Court. In making a case for the constitutional challenge, Mr …

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“Pointless” and “futile” for political and business elites to condemn Hong Kong protests, better to acknowledge losing right to govern: S’porean academic Donald Low

It is “pointless” and “futile” for political and business elites to condemn the Hong Kong protests, to paint the protesters as “enemies of the people”, or to claim the support of the “silent majority”, as they are not “popularly elected” representatives of the people of Hong Kong, opined a Singaporean academic based in Hong Kong. Prof Donald Low, a senior …

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Section 377A does not violate constitutional provisions, right to sexual freedom not “unenumerated” in Constitution

The right to sexual freedom or privacy is not inherently enshrined in the Singapore Constitution, and the legality of various forms of voluntary sexual conduct “are questions of societal values and morality” left for Parliament to decide, said the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC). “There is no unenumerated free-standing right to sexual freedom or privacy in the Constitution,” argued Deputy Chief Counsel …

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PM Lee reassures PAP’s mission “has not changed” — but Lee Hsien Yang says ruling party “no longer the PAP of my father”

The People’s Action Party (PAP)’s mission “to build a fair and just society” for all “has not changed” since its inception, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Thu (21 Nov). In an open letter published on the PAP website yesterday, Mr Lee said that PAP’s goal “to spread the benefits of progress widely to all” has stayed the same, …

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