Danisha Hakeem

CPF members can now check their balance in four different languages

Starting now, Singaporeans will have the convenience to access their Central Provident Fund (CPF) balances in the Republic’s four main languages: English, Malay, Chinese, and Tamil. Upon a successful log-in process and arrival on the “My CPF Homepage,” users will be able to see a box stating “[TRIAL]: Translated CPF Information”. Once users click the “Start” button, tabs for each of the four languages …

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Hearing for civil lawsuits against Workers’ Party MPs to commence 5 Oct

This Friday (5 Oct) marks the commencement of the civil lawsuits hearings against three Workers’ Party (WP) Members of Parliament (MPs) over alleged improper payments made through town councils. The civil lawsuits were brought upon in July and September last year by an independent panel on behalf of the Aljunied-Hougang Town Council (AHTC) and the Pasir-Ris Punggol Town Council (PRPTC). …

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Alleged negligence of management regarding security loophole in SingHealth’s EMR system highlighted during COI public hearing

In a cross-examination that lasted more than two hours on Friday (28 Sep), deputy director at the Chief Information Officer’s Office at SingHealth Clarence Kua was probed by the Committee of Inquiry (COI) as to why he had overlooked an alleged security flaw in SingHealth’s Electronic Medical Records (EMR) in 2014. The sixth day of the public hearing witnessed Mr …

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US Deputy Secretary of State: Disputes surrounding the South China Sea ought to be resolved by international law and not “a unilateral decision by one country”

Deputy Secretary of State of the United States of America John J. Sullivan has stated that ASEAN countries and the U.S. jointly believe that international law ought to be followed in disputes surrounding the South China Sea instead of “a unilateral decision by one country”. Speaking at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Ministerial Meeting at Lotte New York Palace …

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Widow’s Home Protection Scheme claim rejected; late husband accused of concealing his health condition

While many other families were happily making their preparations for the Mid-Autumn Festival, Madam Li Yue was forced to deal with grave disappointment after receiving a letter from the Central Provident Fund (CPF) Board informing her that her Home Protection Scheme (HPS) claim was rejected. Madam Li Yue’s late husband, Mr Se Chun Hua, had passed away five months ago after …

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“Gig-economy” will be the norm; workers should engage in lifelong learning: Impending NMP appointee Douglas Foo

Douglas Foo, the founder of Sakae Sushi, a multiple award-winning sushi chain in Singapore, spoke to TOC about the ever-evolving economic landscape in the Republic, in anticipation of his appointment as one of the nine new Nominated Members of Parliament (NMPs), which will take place next Monday (1 Oct). Mr Foo, who is also the founder, chairman and chief executive officer …

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Steady leadership transition fundamental to Singapore’s stability, says Minister for Home Affairs K Shanmugam

In a small nation where governance plays a pivotal role in all areas, a steady transition of political leadership is crucial, according to Minister of Home Affairs K Shanmugam. Speaking at the launch of the 9th Corporate Governance Week by the Securities Investors Association (Singapore) yesterday (24 Sep), Mr Shanmugam emphasised that any leadership setbacks and obstacles will produce great consequences …

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Vehicle Entry Permit for foreign vehicles may be implemented by end of 2018: Malaysia’s Road Transport Department

Beginning the end of this year, Jabatan Pengangkutan Jalan (JPJ), or The Road Transport Department of Malaysia (RTD), will oversee the implementation of the Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) against all foreign vehicles entering Malaysia through the Johor Bahru-Woodlands Causeway and the Tuas Second-Link Expressway. RTD director-general Datuk Seri Saharuddin Khalid revealed to Bernama that the permit system is currently undergoing …

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“Activism does not go against Lasallian values; it is central to it”: St Joseph Institution alumni

In a submission to TOC, an alumnus of St Joseph Institution (SJI) has expressed his disappointment towards the anti-activism stance held by the current heads of his alma mater, and their subsequent silence regarding the matter. The alumnus wrote that “many alumni of the school were in shock, and there have been intense debates on closed Facebook groups” regarding Vice-Principal …

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