Danisha Hakeem

Social media giants have to take responsibility in today’s world of misinformation

Dr Cherian George, professor of media studies at the journalism department of Hong Kong Baptist University and a former journalist of The Straits Times in Singapore, has criticised social media giants such as Facebook for not being proactive enough in fighting the spread of deliberate misinformation and malicious content throughout its platforms. Speaking at a panel discussion on fighting fake news at …

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The law “should not play favourites” when it comes to legislation regarding fake news: media studies academic

Dr Cherian George, professor of media studies at the journalism department of Hong Kong Baptist University and a former journalist of The Straits Times in Singapore, has expressed concerns over the potential of misuse of legislation targeting the spread of fake news in the hands of the government. Speaking at a panel discussion on fighting fake news at the East West International Media …

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Procedural amendments of laws against “vexatious litigants” redundant, says human rights lawyer

International Human Rights lawyer M. Ravi has voiced his disagreement with the Ministry of Law’s proposal to impose more stringent procedures in granting courts greater authority in controlling “vexatious” proceedings. “Vexatious” proceedings refer to proceedings that are brought upon in court without sufficient grounds for winning, usually to cause annoyance to the defendant. In a release on the proposed amendments …

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Former Malaysian PM, Najib Razak, charged with criminal breach of trust and corruption

KUALA LUMPUR, 4 July — Former Prime Minister of Malaysia Najib Razak has been charged with criminal breach of trust and corruption, two months after being investigated over a multibillion dollar graft scandal under the 1MDB state investment fund. He was arrested on 2 July by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officials over a suspicious transfer of RM42mil (approximately S$14.2mil) into …

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LTA disappointed in oBike’s failure to return users’ deposit in light of Singapore exit

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has expressed disappointment over bike-sharing operator oBike’s failure to return the latter’s users’ deposits. oBike’s chairman Shi Yi was previously quoted as saying that the company hopes that the LTA will not levy fees against them in the event that the company fails to remove its fleet of bicycles from public spaces throughout Singapore. Speaking to …

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1MDB Task Force has no legal grounds to arrest Najib, claims Malaysian Bar Council

The Malaysian Bar has launched criticisms against the 1MDB Special Task Force regarding their announcement of former Prime Minister Najib Razak’s arrest yesterday. George Varughese, the Bar Council’s president, said on 3 July that the task force does not have any legal authority in making such arrests. “The Malaysian Bar is shocked and troubled by the press statement issued today by …

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New heads of Malaysian GLCs should not expect big salaries, says Dr Mahathir

Under the new Pakatan Harapan government, those who have been appointed to spearhead Malaysian government linked-companies (GLCs) should no longer expect to receive big salaries. Speaking to Malaysian media at the end of his two-day visit to Jakarta on an ASEAN tour on 30 June, Malaysian Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said that while their salaries will not be …

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Fines imposed by LTA might affect funds available to return customers’ deposits, said oBike chairman

Any fines imposed by Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) on oBike should the latter still fail to remove its bicycles from the streets by the stipulated Jul 4 deadline might affect the funds available to oBike for the purpose of returning customers’ deposits, said oBikes’s founding investor and chairman, Shi Yi. The 29-year-old told Channel NewsAsia via an email correspondence that the company is hoping …

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Action will be taken against employers who misclassify employees as executives to avoid paying overtime, MOM declares

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has made a declaration against employers who misclassify employees as executives or managers in order to avoid paying them for overtime work. In a statement made by Then Yee Thoong, Divisional Director of the Labour Relations and Workplaces Division under the Ministry of Manpower, he stated that an employee is entitled to being paid for …

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Former Malaysian PM Najib Razak arrested by MACC in his home today

    (Updated as of 5.37 p.m., SGT) KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 3 — Former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Datuk Seri Najib Razak has been arrested today. Officials from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) have confirmed the arrest was made at Najib’s house on Jalan Langgak Duta in the capital city today at 2.35pm. He is expected to be brought to …

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