Correspondent

PM Lee: Online falsehoods to ‘manipulate opinions, influence elections’ will be checked

In a speech at the 29th Inter-Pacific Bar Association conference yesterday (25 Apr), Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said that online falsehoods attempting to ‘manipulate opinions, influence elections’ will be tackled by the recent proposed Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill, which was tabled in Parliament earlier this month. The second reading of the Bill is expected to take …

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Heng led team in concluding CECA with India opening up SG for Indian FTs to work in

On 29 June 2005, India and Singapore signed the India-Singapore Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA). This free trade agreement not only enables Singapore and India to trade goods freely, it also allows professionals to work in each other country more easily. The CECA was concluded after 13 rounds of negotiation and the Singapore’s side was led by none other than …

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New PM-in-waiting Heng Swee Keat supports 10M population and GST increase to 9%

The Prime Minister’s Office announced yesterday (23 Apr) that Heng Swee Keat would be promoted to Deputy Prime Minister on May Day. He will remain Finance Minister and continue chairing the Future Economy Council and National Research Foundation, PMO said. Current Deputy Prime Ministers Teo Chee Hean and Tharman Shanmugaratnam will relinquish their roles but remain in the Cabinet as …

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Lawyers puzzled why AG didn’t want to prosecute NUS peeping tom

In a media report yesterday (22 Apr), several lawyers interviewed were puzzled why the recent peeping tom caught at National University of Singapore was not prosecuted by the Attorney-General. For the background, Ms Monica Baey, who is an undergraduate student from the National University of Singapore (NUS) took to her Instagram account on 18 April to call out the school …

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China forgives and invites PM Lee to attend its “Belt and Road” Forum

China held its first high-profile “Belt and Road” Forum in May 2017. Some 29 heads of state as well as representatives of 28 other countries were invited to attend the forum. The “Belt and Road” initiative is China’s attempt to revive ancient Silk Road trade routes and build infrastructure across the region. However, conspicuously, PM Lee was missing among the …

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ST Forumer: Shouldn’t you be proud of what Singapore has achieved?

A member of the public, Calvin Sim Pheng Hoe, wrote to ST Forum today lamenting that the Singapore spirit has gone missing these days in Singapore (‘Singapore spirit has gone missing‘, 19 Apr). “I have been observing that over the past few years, Singaporeans’ pride in the Republic has been diminishing,” he said. He blamed this on the “rise of …

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