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Malaysians are not too disturbed at Singaporean student who questioned Dr. Mahathir at Oxford Union

On 18 January, Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad was candidly questioned by a Singaporean student over the fractious diplomatic relations between the two countries. Darrion Mohan, a second-year history and politics undergraduate, uploaded a part of the debate with the elder statesman on his Facebook page.   He started by mentioning that Singapore and Malaysia were “again embroiled in …

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Singaporeans calmly explain ‘chope’ culture to shocked German exchange student and say such culture is found in Germany too

It’s no surprise for Singaporeans to encounter tissue paper placed on tables at hawker centres as it indicates that the tables are “reserved”. However, this culture might not be acceptable for people from other parts of the world. In fact, an exchange student from Germany found it rather selfish, and even shared their experience to confessional Facebook page NUSWhispers. The …

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Netizens dismiss news that Singaporeans are cancelling CNY shopping trips to Malaysia as disputes continue

It appears that Singaporean-organised “shopping tours” to Johor, in conjunction with Chinese New Year, are seeing a lot of last-minute cancellations as situation between two countries tense up over a maritime and airspace dispute, reported Sin Chew daily. Community groups in the Lion City often run yearly Chinese New Year shopping trips for Singaporeans to make use of the cheaper …

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Grab drivers perceive GrabHitch’s number masking feature as an epic fail

On 9 January, Grab launched number masking feature for GrabHitch as part of the e-hailing app’s Safer Everyday campaign. This feature hides the actual mobile number and shows a virtual number instead during SMS/call for both drivers and riders. After a week of launching this feature, many Grab drivers poured their unhappiness over this on social media. As such, a …

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Retired banker Chris Kuan questions SingPost’s “peak season” excuse

In response to SingPost’s public apology over their shortcomings in recent months, regular finance commentator and retired banker Chris Kuan questioned their excuse of saying “peak season” is the reason why they have been slacking in their service. Releasing a statement on their Facebook page yesterday (14 January), SingPost revealed that the November-December peak season was extremely busy for them …

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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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Company falsely declaring salaries to get employment passes is not a new thing

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said on Monday (14 January) that the food and beverage behind famous restaurant chain Penang Culture has been fined S$94,500 for falsely declaring salaries in work pass applications. On 27 December 2018, GD Group was convicted of seven charges under the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act, with another 13 taken into consideration during sentencing. In …

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