Correspondent

Former PAP MP Alvin Yeo accused 2nd time of overcharging clients

The Law Society filed an application on Tuesday (25 Jun) for the High Court to review a decision by the disciplinary tribunal (DT) to acquit Senior Counsel Alvin Yeo for overcharging his client. Alvin Yeo was a former PAP MP. He served as MP for Hong Kah GRC from 2006 to 2011, and for Chua Chu Kang GRC from 2011 …

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Software used in 737 Max crashes linked to Indian software companies

Through an investigative journalism work, Bloomberg published an article today (‘Boeing’s 737 Max Software Outsourced to $9-an-Hour Engineers‘, 29 Jun) establishing that the Boeing’s 737 Max software had been outsourced to Indian software engineers working for only US$9 an hour in India, compared with US$35 to $40 for those in the U.S. on H1B visa or more for a full-time …

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Maybank says SG to enter recession while MAS reports its net profit jumped to $19.2B

According to a Bloomberg report yesterday (26 Jun), Maybank Kim Eng Research said that Singapore’s economy will probably experience a “shallow technical recession” in the third quarter this year, as the global trade outlook worsens. The escalating U.S.-China trade conflict is weighing on Singapore’s export-reliant economy, Maybank noted. It expects the Singapore’s economy to grow only 1.3% this year, lower …

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Govt refutes ST Forum writer that middle-class incomes had stagnated

Last Sat (22 Jun), ST Forum reader Isaac Neo Yi Chong wrote that even as Singapore’s economy has been consistently growing, the rise in income inequality has been accompanied by “middle-class incomes stagnating, and even real wage declines for the lower class”. He also noted that inter-generational income elasticity (the disparity between incomes among generations) is heavily correlated with social …

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Retrenched young working Singaporeans cannot find jobs; Many turn to becoming a private-hire driver

It was recently reported in the media that a young Singaporean in his late 20s lost his engineering job and was unable to secure another job. Feeling hopeless, he holed himself up at home, mostly playing computer games and eventually developed the “hikikomori” syndrome. The term “hikikomori” was coined by Japanese psychologist Tamaki Saitoō in the late 1990s, referring to …

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Bilahari: President Xi must act if protests in Hong Kong continue

On Mon this week (17 Jun), former Singapore Ambassador-at-Large Bilahari Kausikan commented on his Facebook page with regard to the recent mass protests in Hong Kong over its proposed extradition law. The proposed law which would allow Hong Kong to extradite people wanted in China infuriated large number of Hong Kong people. Many fear that people in Hong Kong may …

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Top Parliament absentee for 2018 is Minister Iswaran – missing 9 out of 32 sittings

TOC went through the Parliamentary Votes and Proceedings to examine the attendance records of MPs in Parliament for last year (2018). The Parliamentary Votes and Proceedings are the official minutes of the proceedings of Parliament, including the proceedings of the Committee of the whole Parliament. It contains a record of attendance of the Members, announcements by the Speaker, papers presented …

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