Danisha Hakeem

NETS appointed as “master acquirer” for e-payment transactions at hawker centres and coffee shops

Network for Electronic Transfers (NETS) has been chosen as the service provider that will consolidate up to 20 e-payment methods at hawker centres and coffee shops as well as industrial canteens, according to Enterprise Singapore. In its press release today (12 Sep), Enterprise Singapore elaborated that the decision was made jointly with the Housing and Development Board (HDB), National Environment …

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Penal Code review committee pushing for the repeal of legislation on attempted suicide, recommends treatment in place of criminalisation

The decriminalisation of attempted suicide has become one of the highest priorities of the Penal Code Review Committee (PCRC), as it has found that the criminal justice system is not well-equipped in dealing with individuals experiencing suicide ideation. The PCRC, which was convened by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and the Ministry of Law (MLaw) in July 2016, proposed …

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National Environment Agency officers to be granted authority to enter private spaces at will and enforce smoking prohibitions through new Bill

Following the passing of an amendment of the Smoking (Prohibition in Certain Places) Act through a Bill in Parliament on Monday (10 Sep), officers of the National Environment Agency (NEA) will be given greater authority to enter private premises that fall under the smoking ban, including entertainment spaces such as pubs and nightclubs, without warrants for their investigations, and to …

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Singaporean DJ files constitutional challenge against Section 377A

A court challenge has been filed on constitutional grounds against Section 377A, a provision in the Singapore Penal Code which criminalises sexual activity between two men, by internationally renowned Singaporean disc jockey (DJ) and Pink Dot SG ambassador Mr Johnson Ong Ming on Monday (10 Sep). Mr Ong Ming, or better known by his stage name DJ Big Kid, filed …

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Singaporeans may look forward to hundreds of job opportunities at Facebook’s upcoming S$1.4bil data centre slated to open in 2022

Starting 2022, Singaporeans may anticipate the opening of “hundreds of jobs” at social media giant Facebook’s first custom-built data centre at Tanjong Kling, formerly Data Centre Park, in all of Asia. According to vice president for Infrastructure Data Centres at Facebook, Mr Thomas Furlong, the construction of the 15th Facebook data centre in the world will give rise to “thousands …

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Reuters journalists in Singapore protest imprisonment of colleagues in Myanmar; Singapore Police Force warns public of illegality of public assembly without permit

Following a protest by Reuters journalists and editors outside their Asia-Pacific headquarters at 18 Science Park Drive on Monday (3 Sep), Singapore Police Force (SPF) has issued a warning to the public regarding organising and/or participating in a public assembly without a police permit, stressing that doing so would be illegal. Persons who are found guilty of organising a public …

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Foreign dignitaries can be invited to our National Day celebrations, but only as observers: Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen

Foreign dignitaries can be invited to share the joy and pride during our National Day celebrations — but only as observers, said Defence Minister Mr Ng Eng Hen yesterday (6 Sep). Mr Ng also wrote in his Facebook post that “the SAF [Singapore Armed Forces] pledge is to protect Singapore’s independence and sovereignty “with our lives”. He also said that …

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Meeting was not about undermining Singapore, rather partly about solving congestion problems at Causeway immigration checkpoints: Tan Wah Piow

In light of the controversy that arose as a result of his meeting with Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, Singapore-born lawyer in exile Tan Wah Piow has clarified that there was more than one purpose to meeting the Prime Minister. While the primary aim was to extend an invitation to him to deliver a keynote address at a conference on …

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Polytechnic courses for next year’s intake to be reduced by 20 to 200

In an effort to keep polytechnic courses up to date to prepare students for a rapidly evolving workforce, the Ministry of Education (MOE) has announced that it will be reducing the courses for next year’s intake by 20. Speaking to TODAY Online, MOE said that the total number will be reduced from 220 in 2018 to 200 in 2019, and …

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