Danisha Hakeem

Additional Buyer’s Stamp Duty rates and Loan to Value limits revised to prevent property bubble burst, says National Development Minister

The Singapore government has revised Additional Buyer’s Stamp Duty (ABSD) rates and Loan-to-Value (LTV) limits on purchases made on residential property as a preventative measure against a catastrophic property bubble burst. In a joint media release by the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of National Development and the Monetary Authority of Singapore, titled Raising Additional Buyer’s Stamp Duty Rates and …

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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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