Danisha Hakeem

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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AGC potentially overlooking possible sub judice contempt by pro-PAP Facebook fanpage regarding ongoing WP MPs’ trial

Amidst the controversy surrounding the ongoing trial of three Workers’ Party (WP) Members of Parliament (MPs), a pro-People’s Action Party (PAP) Facebook page has been posting potentially inflammatory commentary regarding the WP MPs’ dispute with the Aljunied-Hougang Town Council (AHTC) and the Pasir Ris-Punggol Town Council (PRPTC), passing off its opinions as undisputed facts. The page, named “Fabrications About The …

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75% of IT security teams in the Asia-Pacific region believe that their IoT devices are susceptible to infiltration, according to new global study

The inability to identify attacks targeting the internet of things (IoT) devices as a gateway was cited by IT security teams as a major loophole in their firms’ overall security blueprint, according to an announcement by the Ponemon Institute on Friday (5 Oct). The Ponemon Institute — which carried out the global research study on behalf of Aruba, a subsidiary of …

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“Elections may be free, but not necessarily fair”: Singaporean historian Dr Thum Ping Tjin cautions against being overly reliant on elections as the sole legitimate tool for political change

Updated on Sunday, 7 Oct 2018 at 8:44 p.m. Singaporean historian and Managing Director of Southeast Asian journalism and research platform New Naratif, Dr Thum Ping Tjin, has cautioned against being “overly reliant” on elections as the ultimate mechanism for political change. Speaking at a panel discussion titled “The Appeal of the Southeast Asian Strongman” on the second day of the …

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S$131mil disbursed to beneficiaries under ComCare in FY2017; amount disbursed slightly lower than in previous FYs

Despite registering an increase in the number of households receiving SMTA (Short- and Medium-Term Assistance) under the Community Care Endowment Fund (ComCare) from financial years (FY) 2013 to 2015, a decrease in the number of households receiving such assistance was subsequently recorded in FY 2016 and 2017. Following the release of the ComCare annual report for FY2017 — which covers …

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StarHub to retrench 300 permanent staff members as part of its restructuring programme, citing “intense” competition

Following its “strategic transformation plan,” telecommunications giant StarHub has announced that it will be reducing its workforce. In a press release dated 3 Oct, StarHub reasoned that the retrenchment of some “300 full-time employees” serves as a part of its “operational efficiency programme”. The “strategic review process,” stated the company, aims to increase “productivity” and “speed in decision making,” as …

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StarHub employees in shock over retrenchment exercise; suggest reduction of senior leadership staff’s salaries instead of layoffs

Despite rumours surrounding an impending retrenchment exercise, StarHub employees did not anticipate the telecommunications giant to slash as many as 300 of its workers. Following the announcement of the company’s restructuring exercise on Wednesday (3 Oct), several StarHub staff members have expressed their apprehension over the news, fearing that they might be a part of the layoff. One StarHub employee …

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Rosmah Mansor, wife of former Prime Minister Najib Razak, to face 17 charges of money laundering involving approximately RM7mil

The wife of controversial former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, Rosmah Mansor, who was arrested by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) yesterday (3 Oct), was charged with 17 counts of money laundering involving the sum of around RM7mil at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court today (4 Oct). She was charged under s4(1) Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds from …

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