Danisha Hakeem

Mustafa Centre investigated for alleged violation of Employment of Foreign Manpower Act

The Online Citizen understands that complaints have been made against the renowned Mustafa Centre to the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) for collecting “cash back” from its workers and terminating their contract without valid reasons. The company is being investigated for allegedly violating the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act 1990. Several former foreign workers have come out with their testimonies regarding the …

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Malaysia-Singapore water deal: Singapore adamant on sticking to 1962 agreement

Singapore has expressed its reluctance to review the price of water originally stipulated under the 1962 Water Agreement, according to a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday on 31 July. In a meeting between Singapore’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan and Malaysia’s Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah in Singapore during the latter’s introductory visit on 30 July, …

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Johor-Singapore Rapid Transit System project given the green light by Cabinet “in principle”: Malaysian transport minister

An in-principle approval has been granted by the Malaysian Cabinet regarding the Johor-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS) project, according to the country’s Transport Minister, Mr Anthony Loke. Mr Loke said yesterday on 30 July that a joint operating company between Malaysia and Singapore will be established once a full approval is granted, according to Malay Mail Online. Spanning 4 kilometres …

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Malaysia’s Parliament tables Bill to repeal Goods and Services Tax

Three taxation-related Bills were tabled in the Malaysian Parliament today on 31 July, including the GST (Repeal) Bill 2018 for its first reading, by the nation’s new Government. The repeal of the 6% GST, or the Goods and Services Tax, was promised to Malaysians in the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition’s manifesto. The GST, which was introduced during the previous Barisan Nasional …

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River Valley kindergarten retracts letter, stating grassroots leaders can receive P1 recommendation letters for schools, such as River Valley Primary

A letter dated 27 July that was purportedly written by the Chief Executive Officer of MindChamps Preschool @ Liang Court , Mr Ray Ong Swee Liong, went viral for its allegedly elitist and discriminatory content regarding the application for the grassroots leadership of the River Valley Neighbourhood Committee. In the letter, Mr Ong wrote that parents of children attending MindChamps Preschool “have …

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Singaporean documentary maker, Jason Soo among those on board of freedom flotilla intercepted by Israel Defense Forces

Singaporean documentary maker, Jason Soo and Co-Founder and Patron of British charity Medical Aid for Palestinians and widow of Singapore exile Francis Khoo, Dr Ang Swee Chai, were among the 22 multi-national activists on board of the al-Awda (“The Return”) Freedom Flotilla that was intercepted by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) yesterday. According to the Israel Navy, the vessel’s journey …

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