Danisha Hakeem

MINDEF’s rejection of Ben Davis’ NS deferment not only halts the youngster’s personal dream, but also the aspirations of the nation

The rejection of rising football star Benjamin Davis’s application to defer his National Service (NS) term by the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) will not only place the brakes on the youngster’s personal dreams, but also the hope of “thousands of Singaporeans” who dream of witnessing Singapore’s glory days in football, especially on an international level, said local technopreneur, Hazrul Azhar …

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Education Minister reiterate importance of “meritocracy” and defend PSLE in light of NMPs calling for it to be scrapped

In response to a Parliamentary motion filed by five Nominated MPs on “Education for our Future”, Minister of Education Mr Ong Ye Kung emphasised that assisting students of underprivileged socioeconomic backgrounds should not come at the expense of principles such as meritocracy that have long become the cornerstone of the Singapore education system. In a speech in the Parliament on 11 …

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Benjamin Davis’ signing with Fulham Football Club “no different in principle” from other male Singaporeans’ deferment of overseas study or work opportunities, says former diplomat

Former Singaporean diplomat, Mr Bilahari Kausikan, suggested that local footballer Benjamin Davis’ opportunity to play for English Premier League club, Fulham FC, is “no different in principle” from academic or professional opportunities granted to “many other male Singaporeans [who] have had to defer” such opportunities in order to complete their National Service (NS) first. Mr Kausikan wrote the Facebook post, …

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Main-family of Mustafa Centre caught in legal entanglement with step-family

A lawsuit has been filed against the family of the founder of the iconic Mustafa Centre at Syed Alwi Road, Mr Mustaq Ahmad, by his step-family. It was alleged that Mr Mustaq, 67, who is also a shareholder and director of Mohamed Mustafa & Samsuddin Company Pte Ltd (MMSCPL), had “diluted the interests” of his step-family as the “beneficiaries of …

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Mixed public response on potential ripple effect across the Causeway

On 12 July, Executive Chairman and co-founder of Banyan Tree Limited Holdings, Mr Ho Kwon Ping warned that it would be a “foolish mistake” for Singaporeans to heed Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s suggestion that Singaporeans “must be tired of their government”.   Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad prophesised a ripple effect across the Causeway, merely weeks after Pakatan Harapan (PH, …

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Ho Kwan Ping warns people not to draw wrong lessons from events across the Causeway

Executive Chairman and co-founder of Banyan Tree Limited Holdings, Mr Ho Kwon Ping warned that it would be a “foolish mistake” for Singaporeans to heed Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s suggestion that Singaporeans “must be tired of their government”.   Speaking at the OCBC Global Treasury Economic and Business Forum on “Singapore Politics and Business in an Age of …

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Foreign-owned company still in operation despite having faced prior legal action, SPF and CASE questioned by netizens over lack of action

Data Register Pte Ltd, which has duped 1,056 firms into paying a $490 “subscription fee” in November 2013, is still running its illicit operations this year, despite being slapped with 500 charges under the Companies Act and subsequently hefty fines in 2016. Earlier in 2014, the Commercial Affairs Department (CAD) had also investigated Data Register over the alleged scam and …

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