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Danisha Hakeem

NTUC allegedly coercing hawkers into signing legal documents in English without a translator present, pressuring them to buy mandatory insurance

A viral Facebook post by Gary Ho on Tuesday (23 Oct) revealed the extent to which hawkers are treated by the management of the hawker centre, and in this particular case, NTUC’s oppressive rules against hawkers at the iconic Old Airport Road Hawker Centre following its takeover was highlighted. Mr Ho recalled: “When I went there yesterday, one of the …

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Grab to guarantee its driver-partners gross monthly incomes of $6,888 to $11,888 before costs deduction following impending entry of rival Go-Jek

Controversial ride-hailing platform Grab has announced its plans to introduce a guaranteed income scheme for its driver-partners, following the news that Jakarta-based rival Go-Jek will be entering the Singapore market at the end of November this year. Findings from an online poll conducted by Facebook group Singapore Private Hire Car Drivers & Riders Community revealed that 86 per cent of …

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PM Lee Hsien Loong to meet Dr Mahathir Mohamad in Putrajaya in November

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is scheduled to meet Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in the latter country’s administrative capital of Putrajaya next month at a leaders’ retreat, reported The Straits Times. The visit is expected to take place around 10 days after Dr Mahathir’s visit to Singapore for the ASEAN Summit, which will be held over a …

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14-member committee convened to prepare for Singapore’s nomination of hawker culture for UNESCO Representative List

Amid the furore surrounding social enterprise hawker centres recently, and following Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s announcement to nominate Singapore’s hawker culture as a part of the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, a 14-member committee has been set up to provide recommendations and guidance for that purpose. PM Lee said in his National Day Rally …

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Selective editing in CNA’s “Regardless of Class” video?

The controversial Channel NewsAsia (CNA) documentary “Regardless of Class” has been debunked by RICE Media as being rife with omissions of details that are crucial in shaping the public’s perception of the students involved in the roundtable discussion. Among the contentious omissions specifically highlighted in senior staff writer Grace Yeoh’s commentary were several details that contributed to the seemingly negative …

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Around 18 killed and 178 injured in Taiwan train crash

Approximately 18 deaths were recorded after a train in Yilan County in northeastern Taiwan went off its track, resulting in five out of its eight carriages being overturned in a crash on Sunday (12 Oct), according to Taiwanese authorities. The Puyuma Express No. 6432, which was carrying 366 passengers on board, was en route to the southeastern county of Taitung …

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Spike in child abuse cases recorded in Singapore in recent years

A spike in cases involving child abuse has been recorded in recent years, with the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) observing an increase of 21 cases, from 873 in 2016 to 894 in 2017. An even more marked increase of 322 was recorded previously, from 551 in 2015 to 873 in 2016. Big Love, an initiative by welfare body Montfort …

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Action will be taken against food court operators “found to be errant”: Senior Minister Amy Khor

Action will be taken against food court operators that are “found to be errant” by the National Environment Agency, according to Senior Minister of State for the Environment and Water Resources Amy Khor. Dr Khor wrote in her Facebook post on Friday (19 Oct) that the Government has been paying attention to “the concerns raised” regarding “social enterprise hawker centres,” …

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