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Police probing Facebook post of Singapore flag shown being ripped apart

4 days after a Facebook post disrespecting the Singapore flag went viral, the police have commenced investigations on this matter. The Facebook post in question showed a black T-shirt with a graphic depicting the Singapore flag being ripped apart to reveal an Indian flag underneath The post was made by a Singapore Permanent Resident Avijit Das Patnaik on Tuesday (14 Aug) …

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COI finds inadequate on-site casualty management and delayed evacuation of CFC Dave Lee as factors to his death

Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said in Parliament on Monday (6 Aug) that inadequate on-site casualty management and delayed evacuation to the medical centre were the likely reasons for CFC Dave Lee succumbing to this heat stroke injuries. The Minister was presenting the report from the Committee of Inquiry (COI). CFC Lee Han Xuan Dave was a Guardsman from the 1st Battalion Singapore …

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Malaysian political activist: PAP risks falling like BN if it starts to believe too much in its own propaganda

In an opinion piece for Malaysiakini entitled 'The fallacy of Singaporean exceptionalism' on Wed (25 Jul), Malaysian Political Activist Nathaniel Tan has argued that supporters of the PAP should not blindly believe in their own propaganda. The idea that they are the best and are therefore irreplaceable is not valid in today's political environment. Tan's opinion piece took a swipe at Banyan …

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Barely 4 months after Temasek invested millions in Turkish restaurant chain, its parent conglomerate is facing severe debt restructuring woes

Earlier in April, it was reported that Temasek Holdings – together with Britain's Metric Capital – had invested $200 million for a 17% stake in Turkey's Dogus Restaurant Entertainment and Management (D.ream). The D.ream group had 42 restaurants under its name, most notable was the Nusr-Et steakhouse. The steakhouse gained online attention after chef Nusret Gokce (better known as “Salt Bae”) posted videos …

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Award-winning columnist: Mahathir’s win will shock the “complacent” Lee Hsien Loong into much needed reform

In an article for Nikkei Asia on Monday (23 Jul), famed Bloomberg columnist William Pesek has argued that Mahathir’s success will be the one saving Singapore from itself. This is because “if any government needs a jolt, it is Singapore's”. The award-winning journalist started by arguing that “Malaysia's rot was many decades in the making” because of corruption and a Bumiputra policy which allowed …

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Chan says that diversity in leadership needed, even as government lacks succession plans and is seen as elitist

Speaking to this year's Public Service Commission (PSC) scholarship recipients on Wednesday (17 Jul), Minister-in-charge of the Public Service Chan Chun Sing said that there is a need for a diversity of experience within the Singapore’s leadership. This is particularly because the issues facing Singapore will become increasingly complex. Drawing an analogy, the 4G leader said that we "need to …

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Despite Chan’s optimism, Bloomberg says that Singapore’s growth will be “good, but no longer distinctive”

On Thursday (19 Jul), well-known South-East Asian Economy reporter Michelle Jamrisko wrote an article for Bloomberg Entitled ‘Singapore's Future Is Good, Not Great, Economists Estimate’ Jamrisko was referring to a report released the previous day by Oxford Economics which said that Singapore’s reliance on the manufacturing sector to support growth was no longer feasible as rising labour costs and aging …

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Bloomberg: Singapore’s economic lead over Malaysia is Shrinking

In an article on Tuesday (17 Jul), Bloomberg noted that the economic gap between Singapore and its Northern neighbour is set to shrink over the next year. The author noted that after trailing for a third consecutive year, Malaysia “is inching closer to regaining its lead over Singapore’s economy”. Malaysia’s GDP in 2017 was $314.5 billion, which is approximately $9.4 billion …

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