Current Affairs

Migrant domestic workers in Singapore working in conditions akin to forced labour according to new report

In a report by the Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (HOME) and Hong Kong-based anti-human trafficking organisation Liberty Shared, the top three problems that foreign domestic workers faced in Singapore were overwork, verbal abuse, and salary related disputes. However, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) rebutted the findings, saying that it “does not accurately reflect the employment and working conditions of …

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Ofo faces suspension by LTA for unable to reduce deployed bicycles and managing QR code parking system

Chinese bike-sharing operator Ofo has breached multiple regulatory requirements set by the government and has to meet them all by 13 February to avoid suspension, stated the Land Transport Authority (LTA) on Tuesday (15 January). It stated that Ofo has breached multiple regulatory requirements despite being given an ample preparation period for compliance. LTA claims that despite multiple warnings and regulatory action …

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Singapore Really, Really Free Market is back again for the 10th year in a row

The Singapore Really Really Free Market (SRRFM) is a market organised by Post-Museum, a cultural and social enterprise. Based on a movement that started in America by anarchist groups in response to the ill effects of capitalism who wanted to promote a more environmentally and socially responsible lifestyle, a ‘really, really free market’ doesn’t involve money or trade at all. …

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Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan warns other countries to not take Singapore for granted

Singapore’s Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan warns countries dealing with the Republic to not take Singapore’s consistency, and some would say predictability, for granted. “We will always take appropriate measures to safeguard our interests. And any country dealing with Singapore must assume that it is cost-free to embark on any adventures or antics against us. There will be consequences,” he said. …

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NSS asks HDB to release full report on environmental study at Tengah

With disputes over another environmental study, this time about Tengah where forests are being cleared for public housing, environmentalists are calling for the Housing Development Board (HDB) to release the full report to the public. However, it seems HDB has no intention of doing so. Responding to queries from The Strait Times (ST), a spokesperson for HDB said that the …

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PM Lee tells Czech PM: I wore Bata canvas shoes too

Yesterday (14 Jan), PM Lee hosted Czech Republic Prime Minister Andrej Babis to an official dinner at the Istana. He told the Czech PM that Bata shoes, which originated from Czech, have strong association with Singaporeans. Even PM Lee, like the "many generations of school children in Singapore", can attest to having worn a pair of white canvas Bata shoes …

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