Danisha Hakeem

Political secretary of Malaysia’s Finance Minister launches criticism against ST’s “persistent misreporting”

In a press statement on Malaysian news channel Astro AWANI, Political Secretary to Malaysia’s Finance Minister and Damansara Member of Parliament Mr Tony Pua has declared his dissatisfaction against The Straits Times (ST) for its “persistent misreporting” on the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal. Quoting two news stories by ST, Mr Pua expressed his “bemusement” and “surprise” at “the shocking …

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Bilateral relations between US and China a greater concern for Singapore than developments in Malaysia, says Minister for Foreign Affairs

Although Singapore does not deny the significance of developments taking place in Malaysia, the Republic is primarily keeping an eye on developments concerning bilateral relations between the United States and China for the time being, said Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan. Speaking to Malaysian journalists at the 12th Malaysian Journalists Visit Programme in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday (9 …

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Allegations regarding absence of signatures and documentation on certain invoices scrutinised by PRPTC

The court’s attention was shifted to the allegations brought upon by the Pasir Ris-Punggol Town Council (PRPTC) surrounding several invoices as the controversial trial involving three Workers’ Party (WP) Members of Parliament (MPs) entered its fifth day on Thursday (11 Oct). In a cross-examination between Senior Counsel Chelva Retnam Rajah — who represents the three WP MPs, namely former secretary-general Low …

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International Longshoremen’s Association launches boycott of congress in Singapore due to ITF’s endorsement of fully automated maritime terminals

Following the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF)’s plans to sign an agreement with the Ong Teng Cheong Labour Leadership Institute of Singapore’s National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) that endorses the use of fully automated maritime terminals, the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) has released a statement announcing its boycott of the 44th Congress, which will be held in Singapore starting Sunday …

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WP MPs paid additional S$2.8mil for more expensive architectural services due to previous contractors’ act of renegotiating fees: Defence

In rebutting the allegation against his clients of making “improper payments” to the Aljunied-Hougang Town Council (AHTC)’s service providers, Senior Counsel (SC) Chelva Retnam Rajah pointed out that the town councillors had chosen LST Architects over Design Metabolists (DM) despite having to fork out an additional S$2.8mil for the former, as the latter had shown signs of potentially reneging on …

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KPMG comparison between CPG and FMSS regarding costs incurred by AHTC “inaccurate” and ‘highly speculative”: Defence

Taking over from Senior Counsel Chelva Retnam Rajah, Mr Leslie Netto – representing Ms How and FMSS – argued that some of the calculations cited in the KPMG report in relation to the price difference between CPG and FMSS’ managing agent fees in his cross-examination of Mr Hawkes on Wednesday (10 Oct). AHTC’s appointment of FMSS as the managing agent …

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Conflict of interest related to managing director of ATC’s PAP-appointed managing agent present; KPMG’s comparison of managing agent costs between CPG and FMSS disputed by defence

A conflict of interest concerning the managing director of CPG Facilities Management Mr Jeffrey Chua was highlighted by the defence in the Aljunied-Hougang Town Council (AHTC) trial on Tuesday (9 Oct). Mr Chua, who was also secretary of Aljunied Town Council (ATC), was a stakeholder in CPG’s holding company, according to Senior Counsel Chelva Retnam Rajah. Prior to the Workers’ …

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Civil rights activist Jolovan Wham and Singapore Democratic Party’s John Tan convicted under new contempt of court laws over Facebook posts allegedly “scandalising the judiciary”

Civil rights activist Jolovan Wham and Singapore Democratic Party (SDP)’s John Tan Liang Joo became the first individuals to be convicted under new laws governing instances of contempt of court in Singapore, particularly the Administration of Justice (Protection) Act 2016, which came into effect on 1 Oct last year. In deciding that Mr Wham and Mr Tan were guilty of contempt …

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