Current Affairs

MOE’s Indian scholars arriving in SG in Dec-Jan; Ong says won’t save much if all foreign scholars are sent back

According to the Ministry of Education (MOE)’s website, Indian scholars from 2 scholarships administered through MOE will be arriving in Singapore this month and next month. One of them is the A*STAR Youth Scholarship, which is tenable for 4 years leading to the award of the GCE ‘A’-Level or equivalent certificate, the website said. This scholarship is for studies in …

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Businesses should “diversify” foreign workforce, invest in developing S’porean workers: Trade and Industry Minister

The diversification of Singapore’s workforce is a crucial step for businesses in “managing concentration risks” and maintaining “business continuity”, said Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing. Speaking at a bicentennial commemoration dinner organised by the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCCI) at the Shangri-La Hotel on Tue (3 Dec), Chan added that businesses in Singapore should continue to …

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‘Chao ni ma’ Trans-Cab driver says he has a master’s degree, proclaims himself to be a God and claims to have been framed

Remember the infamous ‘Chao ni ma’ Trans-Cab driver who recently made headlines after being caught on video violently harassing a motorist and berating a couple in two separate incidents? Well, apparently the cabby finally decided to share his side of the story in what seemed to be a comically peculiar interview that dwells on his equally comically peculiar persona. As …

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ICA in early stages of six-month contactless immigration trial at T4 Changi Airport

The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) is in its early stages of a six-month trial for contactless immigration clearance at Changi Airport Terminal 4 (T4)’s arrival hall for eligible Singaporeans. The trial, which began on 25 Nov, requires the verification of travellers’ iris and facial images for immigration clearance, said ICA on its Facebook page on Wed (4 Nov). The facial …

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SDP’s Dr Paul Tambyah voices disappointment towards Google’s “shocking” ban of political ads in Singapore; demands explanation for the decision

On 3 December (Tuesday), the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) revealed in a statement that it demands an explanation from Google over its “shocking” ban of political advertising in Singapore, after the Party attempted to purchase ads on its platform. It stated that its Chairman Dr Tambyah wrote to Google CEO Sundar Pichai to enquire about this new policy, and noted …

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Malaysia seeking to limit premiership to two terms; bill to be debated in March

The Malaysian Parliament is seeking to set a two-term limit on the premiership. A Bill to that effect was tabled on Tuesday (3 December), as Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s administration, ruled by the Pakatan Harapan coalition, hopes to fulfil a pledge to prevent potential abuse of power and weed out corruption. Setting a term limit requires an amendment to …

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Three ex-SCDF NSFs fined under OSA for spreading images of fatal Bionix accident; mixed reactions from public

On Monday (2 December), three former full-time national servicemen (NSF) from the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) were fined under the Official Secrets Act for sharing images of the fatal Bionix accident that claimed the life of NSF Liu Kai in 2018. 22-year-old Muhammad Arif Azman was fined S$3,000 for capturing and disseminating two photos of the accident involving a …

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