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New bill on Contempt of Court proposes unusually harsh punishment

By Remy Choo The striking thing about the Administration of Justice (Protection) Bill is the potential punishment for Contempt of Court appear to be very harsh: a fine of up to S$100,000 or imprisonment of up to 3 years or both in the case of contempt jurisdiction exercised by the High Court. In what was described as the “worst case …

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Curtailment of Foreign Sponsorship at Speakers’ Corner – an impotent and purposeless exercise

By George Hwang On 7 Jun 2016, the Ministry of Home Affairs (“MHA”) issued a press release against foreign sponsorships of Pink Dot. Subsequently, it was reported that MHA would be reviewing the rules governing usage of Speakers’ Corner. This unprecedented move lacks sound policy reasoning. The claim that foreign entities should not interfere with our domestic issues is superficial. …

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Singapore’s public servants to be cut off from internet at their work soon?

Straits Times reported on Wednesday that all computers used officially by public servants in Singapore will be cut off from the Internet from May next year to tighten data security. The newspaper states that it had learnt about a memo going out to all government agencies, ministries and statutory boards in Singapore about the Internet blockade a year from now. It …

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Government in talks for stricter laws to combat errant retailers

After a series of high-profile convictions of errant retailers in Sim Lin Square, the Government has proposed changes in legislature that would allow stricter action to be taken against these retailers. The proposed amendments will affect the Consumer Protection (Fair Trading) Act. The proposed changes to the Consumer Protection (Fair Trading) Act will give more power to the Standards, Productivity …

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Snippets from Lord Anthony Lester’s book, “Five ideas to fight for”

By Tan Wah Piow I can now share some snippets from Lord Anthony Lester book Five Ideas to Fight For. Lord Lester QC in this week’s BBC Hardtalk interview described British judges in the earlier years as “reactionary and blinkered.” In the book he made reference to a 1980 death penalty case. He represented Ong Ah Chuan in an appeal …

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CPF interest rate and HDB mortgage rate to remain unchanged

Central Provident Fund (CPF) interest rates will remain the same at 2.5 per cent interest for Ordinary Account (OA) holders, and 4 per cent interest for those with Special and Medisave Accounts. These rates for 1 July to 30 September this year were outlined in a joint media release by the CPF Board and the Housing and Development Board (HDB) …

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MOM releases revised re-employment guidelines for older workers

With the raising of the re-employment age from 65 to 67 from 1 July 2017 onwards, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) announced a set of revised Tripartite Guidelines on the Re-employment of Older Employees on 18 May aimed to better prepare both employers and employees for the change. The plans for the raising of the re-employment age were outlined in …

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Comments on the amendment to the Government Proceedings Act

On Monday at Parliament, MPs from the Workers’ Party, Ms Sylvia Lim and Mr Low Thia Khiang took issue with Clause 9 in the Statues (Miscellaneous Amendments) Act 2016, which would see a change to Section 29(4) of the Government Proceedings Act (GPA). The two MPs argued that the change would make it more prohibitive for individuals to enter into …

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