Danisha Hakeem

Maintenance company owner loses lawsuit against debt collection agency; ordered to pay $7000 in costs

A 45-year-old maintenance company owner was ordered to pay $7000, excluding disbursements, at the Magistrates’ Court under the State Courts after the court dismissed the lawsuit filed for defamation in slander against JMS Rogers, a debt collection company earlier on 30 April. Lin Mingwei, the sole director and shareholder of Supersonic Maintenance Services Pte Ltd, alleged that the defendant’s employees …

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Issues regarding Work Permit holders’ salary reduction by employers will be tabled in next Parliamentary sitting, says PAP MP

In response to a letter that was allegedly addressed by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) to a Work Permit (WP) holder regarding the worker’s salary reduction by his employer, Member of Parliament (MP) for Nee Soon Group Representation Constituency (GRC), Louis Ng has announced to the public via his official Facebook page that he intends to address several points regarding the issue in …

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Uber and Grab may face unwinding of merger and financial penalties, warns consumer watchdog

The Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS) is pushing for the unwinding of the merger between Grab and Uber here, after a three-month review. The Uber-Grab merger will potentially become the first merger to be ordered to unwind in Singapore, according to TODAY Online. Concerns over Grab’s anti-competition practices and monopoly of the ride-hailing market in Singapore were raised …

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Investigations into 1MDB-related activities in Singapore still running, said MAS managing director

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) is closely monitoring and probing new leads surfacing from Malaysia and elsewhere in relation to the 1MDB scandal, said MAS managing director Ravi Menon on 4 July. In a briefing on the central bank’s annual report, Mr Menon said that the MAS has “proactively” responded to “every request for information made by the Malaysian authorities,” according …

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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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