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Real reason Raffles founded Singapore: To protect British interests in its lucrative opium trade with China

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong launched the Singapore Bicentennial celebration at the Asian Civilisation Museum on Mon (28 Jan). Straits Times reported it as 1819 marked the start of a modern and multicultural Singapore ('1819 marked start of modern, multicultural Singapore: Lee Hsien Loong', 28 Jan). Although a thriving seaport existed in Singapore as early as the 14th Century, it …

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Orchard Road may receive a facelift and be pedestrianised

As part of the Government’s wider plans to rejuvenate the well-known shopping belt in Singapore, a stretch of Orchard Road near Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station may be pedestrianised in the future, which could be used as an open play area or an ad-hoc event venue for festivals and fashion shows. The move of closing the stretch of road between Buyong …

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Government adamant on keeping identity of SingHealth cyberattacker secret while “experts” pinpoint China as alleged perpetrator

While the Singapore Government is adamant on keeping the identity of the SingHealth cyberattacker a secret from the public, several experts and foreign publications have pinpointed China as the perpetrator of what has been deemed as Singapore's largest cybersecurity breach to date. Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said on Monday (28 Jan) that the decision to keep the identities of the …

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CCCS issues Infringement Decision against the exchange of commercially sensitive information between competing hotels

An Infringement Decision (“ID”) against the owners or operators of Capri by Fraser Changi City Singapore, Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Hotel, Village Hotel Changi, and Village Hotel Katong, was issued for infringing section 34 of the Competition Act (Cap. 50B) by exchanging commercially sensitive information in connection with the provision of hotel room accommodation in Singapore to corporate customers. The hotels were …

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“Firm action” will be taken against SingPost for lapses in licence requirements and service standards: IMDA

Following the debacle resulting from SingPost's failure to carry out a flyer printing and distributing service worth $7,000 for a business owner and a netizen's discovery of unopened letters in public dustbins, the Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) announced on Tuesday (29 Jan) that "firm action" will be taken against SingPost for any lapses in meeting public postal licence requirements …

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Former deputy editor of The Straits Times wonders why the culprit behind the HIV data leak wasn’t dealt with as seriously as other offenders under the OSA

Former deputy editor of The Straits Times, Alan John wonders why the culprit behind the recent HIV data leak fiasco wasn’t charged under the Official Secrets Act (OSA) for committing such a serious offence, whereas other less serious offenders were charged in this Act. Mr John wrote, “I’ve been stuck at the fact that there was this massive breach of …

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Activist Sangeetha Thanapal receives stern warning from authorities after calling Singapore ‘a terribly racist country’

Vocal activist Sangeetha Thanapal has been given a stern warning by the police over a Facebook post that they say promotes feelings of ill will and hostility between the races. Ms Thanapal, originally from Singapore, now lives in Melbourne where she works as a researcher. The police confirmed to the Straits Times (ST) that they investigated her earlier this month …

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