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Danisha Hakeem

Daniel Thong: “You know an industry is broken when the government has to step in to tell the industry to pay their workers at least S$1000 a month.”

An industry is considered "broken" when the government needs to intervene in order to get employers to pay their workers "at least S$1000 a month", according to co-founder of co-founder of cleaning start-up Nimbus Daniel Thong, and "cleaning is broken in this industry". Referring to what Temasek Holdings chairman and former labour chief Lim Boon Heng said earlier in the same roundtable discussion …

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Prof Tommy Koh: Govt resistance towards implementing minimum wage rooted in “fake” ideological arguments

Highlighting that schemes such as the Progressive Wage Model (PWM) and the Workfare Income Supplement (WIS) are not the equivalent of a minimum wage, Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and professor of law at the National University of Singapore Professor Tommy Koh argued that the Singapore government's apparent resistance towards implementing a minimum wage in the Republic is rooted …

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Most fake accounts on Facebook set up “not with political intent,” but “with commercial intent”: Facebook’s EMEA vice president for public policy

Noting that most fake accounts are created "not with political intent," but "with commercial intent," which entail creating fake accounts to sell such accounts and even followers of such accounts, Facebook's vice president for public policy for Europe, Middle East and Africa Richard Allan explained that "there will be a three-month period" where "hundreds of millions of such accounts" are …

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Former GIC Chief-economist questions Chan Chun Sing’s apparent downplaying of Govt’s actual role in alleviating socioeconomic inequality

Former Chief Economist at GIC and former adjunct professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Yeoh Lam Keong has criticised Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing's statement regarding collective responsibility in easing the effects of social mobility and globalisation. Mr Yeoh, in his Facebook post on Friday (30 Nov), raised the question as to why the …

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Police investigating PA employee’s reimbursement claims for Chingay 2017 expenses highlighted in AGO report: Minister Chan Chun Sing

Reimbursement claims for overseas purchases worth more than S$140,000 made by a former employee of the People's Association (PA) are being investigated by the police, said Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing. Speaking in Parliament last Tuesday (20 Nov) in response to Workers' Party (WP) Member of Parliament (MP) Png Eng Huat's questions regarding the Chingay 2017 procurement, …

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High time for tech firms to “take some responsibility” for the spread of “fake news”: Senior Minister Edwin Tong

In an age where fake news and disinformation appear to spread like wildfire on social media platforms such as Facebook, technology companies should be urged to "take some responsibility" for the spread of such content, said Senior Minister of State for Law and Health Edwin Tong. Speaking to Channel NewsAsia in London on Monday (26 Nov), Mr Tong added that while …

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Baby’s death “could have been avoided” if domestic helper’s welfare was “taken care of”: Jolovan Wham

The tragic death of one-year-old Richelle Teo Yan Jia two years ago could have been prevented had her parents cared for the welfare of their domestic helper, said labour rights activist Jolovan Wham. Mr Wham highlighted in his Facebook post on Thursday (22 Nov) that the domestic helper, identified as Maryani Usman Utar, was subjected to "18-hour" working days "throughout …

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Author of letter condemning MP Seah Kian Peng’s Facebook post, questioned for six hours over “criminal defamation”

"Willy Sum", the author of an article titled “The take away from Seah Kian Ping’s [sic] Facebook post” published on TOC on 4 Sep was called in by the police for questioning over alleged "criminal defamation". Freelance journalist Kirsten Han, in her Facebook post on Monday (26 Nov), revealed that "Willy Sum" (not his real name) was interrogated twice on …

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Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat to lead PAP’s 4G team

Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat was appointed as the first assistant secretary-general of the People's Action Party (PAP) last Friday (23 Nov) after much speculation as to which one of the fourth generation (4G) leaders will succeed Mr Lee as Prime Minister. Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing, one of the 4G leaders who was initially rumoured to be …

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