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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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At what cost of citizen’s privacy, comes their freedom and security

By M Ravi Had a fruitful panel discussion in Bangkok this afternoon organized by the International Commission of Jurists ( ICJ). The panel discussion is part of a 2 day Annual ASEAN Lawyers Meeting on Countering Terrorism and Protecting Human Rights. I was slated to speak on Counter Terrorism, National Security and the right to privacy in Singapore. I started …

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Definition of “animals” in Road Traffic Act to be reviewed: MHA

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) intends to review the definition of what is considered an “animal” under the Road Traffic Act in a move that aims to make it clearer for motorists in the event that an animal is hit while driving. The Road Traffic Act was enacted in 1963. Currently, it defines “animal” as “any horse, cattle, ass, …

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Online voting not feasible for overseas Singaporeans: Chan Chun Sing

On 6 April in Parliament, it was decided that online voting for Singaporeans living abroad using the SingPass portal still remained unfeasible due to concerns over authenticity of votes and the privacy of voters. This decision comes in response to queries from Non-Constituency Member of Parliament (NMP) Dennis Tan with regard to whether online voting will be implemented for overseas …

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Equal maternity leave for unwed mothers

Unwed mothers are to receive the same benefits as married mothers, announced Minister for Social and Family Development Tan Chuan-Jin in Parliament on 12 April. 16 weeks of Government-paid maternity leave for mothers and a Child Development Account (CDA) for their children will soon be granted to all unwed mothers, matching what is currently given only to married mothers. Currently, …

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