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Danisha Hakeem

Manpower Minister Josephine Teo insists Progressive Wage Model uplifts low-wage workers’ pay; experts argue otherwise, citing depressed wages due to unbridled influx of migrant workers into Singapore

While Manpower Minister Josephine Teo continues to sing high praises of her Ministry's Progressive Wage Model (PWM) in uplifting the earnings of low-wage workers in Singapore, a public policy expert and former economist have argued otherwise, highlighting the trend of depressed wages among such low-wage earners due to a high influx of foreign workers into the Republic. Mrs Teo was …

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Singapore proposes extension of Seletar’s ILS and Pasir Gudang’s RA following meeting between transport ministers

Following the meeting between Singapore's Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan and his Malaysian counterpart Saifuddin Abdullah regarding the ongoing bilateral disputes, the Republic's Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan has proposed to extend the suspension of the Instrument Landing System (ILS) at Seletar Airport in order to facilitate negotiations with Malaysia regarding the airspace issue. After what Khaw dubbed as "a heart-to-heart …

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Higher number of graft-related reports received as a result of govt efforts: Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad

More corruption cases have come to light as a result of the Pakatan Harapan government's efforts to fight graft, said Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. Speaking at the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) in Laxenburg, Austria on Monday (21 Jan), Dr Mahathir noted that the increase is due to a lack of fear regarding the possible consequences of reporting such cases, as …

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Unnecessary for Singapore to “send warships” to “chase” Johor Chief Minister “away”: Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad at Oxford Union dialogue

Singapore's act of sending "warships" to "chase away" Johor's Chief Minister Osman Sapian was unnecessary and a "severe" overreaction, said Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. In a broadcast of the Oxford Union forum by Astro AWANI on Friday (18 Jan), Dr Mahathir delivered an address that touched on the 14th General Election last year and how it has transformed the …

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Johor Chief Minister was cautioned against visiting Johor Bahru port, fearing “counter-productive” outcome to bilateral negotiations with Singapore: Malaysia’s Foreign Ministry

Following Johor Chief Minister Osman Sapian's controversial visit to the Johor Bahru port on board of Malaysian vessel MV Pedoman earlier this month, Malaysia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs revealed that it has advised the Chief Minister to withdraw his plans to visit the port. The visit, which was deemed by Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs as an "unauthorised visit" to …

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Slower economic growth in Singapore due to decrease in export demand and overall “weaker global trade growth”: GECS Q4 2018 report by ACCA and IMA

Economic growth in Singapore - one of the two "most trade-dependent economies in the Asia Pacific region" besides Hong Kong - is slowing as the demand for exports fell in Q4 last year, according to the latest edition of Global Economic Conditions (GECS), based on the ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) and IMA (Institute of Management Accountants). The …

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Malaysia refuses to host any events involving Israeli participants, says Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah; discreet economic relations with Israel “booming” despite Malaysia’s diplomatic hostility?

Following the announcement by Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad regarding the ban on Israeli athletes against entering Malaysia and subsequently participating in the upcoming 2019 World Para Swimming Championships in Kuching, the Malaysian government has decided to prohibit Israeli representatives from entering the country for any kind of programme in the future. Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah mentioned, in addition to …

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Malaysia’s Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng envisions a “normal, boring democracy” after a scandal-ridden “global kleptocracy”

The Malaysian government is channelling all of its efforts into seeking reparations as a result of the financial damage caused by the scandal-ridden state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) during the previous administration, said Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng. In an exclusive interview with with CNN news anchor Kristie Lu Stout on News Stream during an official visit to Hong Kong on Monday …

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Malaysia to remain “steadfast in negotiating”, refuses to “compromise our interests”: Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah on bilateral disputes with Singapore

Malaysia will remain "steadfast in negotiating" with Singapore regarding the bilateral territorial disputes concerning Johor's airspace and the maritime area off Tuas in order to safeguard the former's sovereignty and independence, said Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah. Datuk Saifuddin told reporters after a press conference at Wisma Putra, Malaysia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on Wednesday (16 Jan): “What is most important …

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