Danisha Hakeem

FMSS director’s phone conversation with KPMG employee revealed intention to remove allegedly “hopeless” AHTC chairperson Sylvia Lim

Tensions heightened during the Aljunied-Hougang Town Council (AHTC) trial as a phone conversation between director of the town council’s former managing agent FM Solutions and Services (FMSS) and a KPMG employee was revealed in court on Monday (29 Oct). A transcript of the phone conversation between How Weng Fan — who was also AHTC’s deputy secretary — and the KPMG …

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Executives of Singapore-linked palm oil firm’s subsidiaries arrested by Indonesian authorities in bribery probe

Indonesian anti-graft officials arrested seven people, including one senior executive of palm corporation Sinar Mas Agro Resources and Technology, on Sunday (28 Oct). Deputy chief of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Saut Situmorang declared vice president director of Sinar Mas Agro, Edy Saputra Suradja, chief executive of PT Binasawit Abadi Pratama, Willy Agung Adipradhana, and some members of Central Kalimantan parliament …

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Singaporeans might underestimate the consequences of deliberate online falsehoods despite not being “naive” about them: SMOS Edwin Tong

While Singaporeans are not gullible about online falsehoods, there appears to be a tendency to underestimate the repercussions of unbridled dissemination of such falsehoods, cautioned Senior Minister of State for Law Edwin Tong. Mr Tong, who is also Senior Minister of State for Health, warned: “Once it is out there, and you have no ability to stop it either by …

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Blog post alleges greater lapses in procurement in other government agencies than in AHTC based on audit data observations

An unidentified author by the name, Kueh Lapis, hosted on GitHub, has made several noteworthy observations regarding the alleged lapses in procurement made by the Aljunied-Hougang Town Council (AHTC), upon which a high-profile lawsuit was filed against three Workers’ Party Members of Parliament and the town councillors for AHTC. The source claims to have taken “a data-driven approach” in analysing the …

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Implementation of minimum wage in Singapore impractical for employers, may encourage unemployment: Minister for Manpower Josephine Teo

The prospect of implementing a uniform minimum wage in Singapore remains impractical, as doing so would corner employers into paying their workers a higher salary than the market rate, producing the effect of a “tax” on employment, said Minister for Manpower Josephine Teo on Friday (26 Oct). Speaking at a panel discussion at the Institute of Policy Studies’ 30th Anniversary conference …

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1,000 electric vehicle charging points to be installed by SP Group by 2020

By 2020, SP Group will carry out the installation of 1,000 electric vehicle (EV) charging points, which is twice the original number anticipated in June. In its press release on Thursday (25 Oct), the energy utilities corporation, which is wholly owned by Temasek, announced that 250 of the 1,000 charging points will be high-powered direct current (DC) chargers that will charge …

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Negeri Sembilan palace revokes honorific titles of Najib Razak and Rosmah Mansor

Following investigations made by authorities into the scandal-laden state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor were stripped of their Datuk Seri and Datin Seri titles respectively, with immediate effect today (26 Oct). Bernama reported that Najib’s Darjah Seri Utama Negri Sembilan (SPNS) and Rosmah’s Darjah Seri Paduka Tuanku Ja’afar Yang Amat Terpuji …

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Workers’ Party MP raise nearly $500,000 following public appeal, Party not involved in fundraising

The three Workers’ Party Members of Parliament who are being sued being sued by the Pasir Ris-Punggol Town Council (PRPTC) and an independent panel acting on behalf of the Aljunied-Hougang Town Council (AHTC) over an alleged breach of fiduciary duties as town councillors have managed to raise close to $500,000, following their appeal to the public through their blog, “In Good …

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