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“Firm action” will be taken against SingPost for lapses in licence requirements and service standards: IMDA

Following the debacle resulting from SingPost’s failure to carry out a flyer printing and distributing service worth $7,000 for a business owner and a netizen’s discovery of unopened letters in public dustbins, the Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) announced on Tuesday (29 Jan) that “firm action” will be taken against SingPost for any lapses in meeting public postal licence requirements …

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Singapore cannot be a post-Brexit model for the UK due to “completely different” set of circumstances: PM Lee

While the “Singapore model” was praised by the United Kingdom’s Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt on his visit to the Republic earlier this month, going so far as to express a desire to emulate Singapore’s low taxation and open-door policy, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has expressed his doubts regarding using Singapore as a benchmark for the UK’s post-Brexit aspirations. In an interview …

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Publicly naming SingHealth cyber-attackers an unhelpful act, counterproductive to system’s security and Singapore’s foreign policy: Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan

The decision to keep the identities of the perpetrators behind Singapore’s largest cyber-attack last year is rooted in the need to protect the Republic’s foreign policy, in addition to serving as a potentially unhelpful and counterproductive act against the public healthcare system, said Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan. Dr Balakrishnan made the statement in response to a question posed by researcher Gillian …

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Singapore housing prices seriously unaffordable: Survey

by PropertyGuru House prices in Singapore are considered “seriously unaffordable”, with a median multiple of 4.6, which means that the median house price is 4.6 times the city-state’s median household income, according to an annual survey conducted by urban planning policy consultancy Demographia in Q3 2018. The 15th Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey (2019) covered 309 cities in eight …

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Dyson HQ relocation to Singapore: White-collar professionals will face “tough competition” from FT counterparts due to the latter’s “lower wage threshold”

The decision of world-renowned British technology company Dyson to move its headquarters to Singapore will primarily benefit the firm itself due to the Republic’s comparatively low corporate tax rates, while local white-collar professionals will potentially face “tough competition from their foreign counterparts, opines retired Singaporean international banker and prominent socioeconomics commentator Chris Kuan. Financial Times reported that Dyson, which already …

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Doctors petition against Singapore Medical Council’s decision to impose $100,000 fine on orthopaedic surgeon for not disclosing all possible side effects of treatment

Close to 6,000 signatures have been garnered in a petition against the Singapore Medical Council (SMC)’s decision to fine a private orthopaedic surgeon for not disclosing all possible side effects of an injection given to his patient. While the SMC tribunal responsible for imposing the fine against Dr Lim Lian Arn did not find any mishaps in the treatment procedure …

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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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