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Singapore Official Charged With Leaking Info To Journalist

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  SINGAPORE – A Singapore civil servant was Friday charged with leaking confidential information about a government housing website to a journalist, sparking allegations authorities were trying to “intimidate” the media. Authorities take a dim view of officials passing information to reporters without permission, and it is rare for it to happen at all in…

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Malaysia’s Bumper Harvest Spells Cheaper Durians In Singapore

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  SINGAPORE – After having to pay exorbitant prices this year for their favourite spiky fruit, durian lovers are set to get some sweet respite. Prices for the prized Mao Shan Wang variety may fall to as low as $15 to $20 per kilogram in the coming weeks, after hitting highs of over $40 earlier…

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Singapore Said To Be Examining Goldman’s Role In 1MDB Deals

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  SINGAPORE – Singaporean prosecutors and police are examining Goldman Sachs Group’s relationship with the Malaysian state investment fund at the centre of global money laundering probes, people with knowledge of the matter said. The Commercial Affairs Department, the police’s economic crime unit and prosecutors have interviewed current and former Goldman Sachs executives who worked…

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Malaysian High Commissioner To S’pore Presents Credentials

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  SINGAPORE – Newly appointed Malaysian High Commissioner to Singapore, Datuk Zulkifli Adnan presented his credentials to President Halimah Yacob in a ceremony at the Istana on Wednesday. He received his Letter of Credence from Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Muhammad V on Aug 17. According to his bio summary made available to Bernama today by…

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Singapore Has The ‘Most Powerful’ Passport In The World

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SINGAPORE – With Paraguay removing visa requirements for Singaporeans, the Singapore passport is now the “most powerful” in the world, with a visa-free score of 159. This marks the first time an Asian country has the most powerful passport, according to the index, which was developed by global advisory firm Arton Capital. “It is a…

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Man Who Allegedly Stuck Toothpicks In Bus Seats Charged In Court

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SINGAPORE- A man was on Tuesday charged with sticking toothpicks into bus seats with the sharp ends pointing out. Lim Lye Seng, 60, is accused of four counts of mischief, causing over $1,300 in damage. He is said to have committed the offences four times between July and August, on board SBS Transit bus service…

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Halimah Yacob Declared 8th Singapore President

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SINGAPORE – Singapore will have its first female president as Halimah Yacob was declared today as the republic’s eighth president. Halimah, 63, is scheduled to be sworn in tomorrow at the Istana. Returning Officer Ng Wai Choong made the declaration after nominations closed at noon today at the nomination centre at the People’s Association Headquarters…

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2 Ships Collide In S’pore Waters; 7 injured, 5 Missing

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SINGAPORE – An Indonesian-registered tanker and a Dominican-registered dredger have collided in Singapore territorial waters, about 1.7 nautical miles south-west of Sisters’ Island. The dredger capsized and is still partially submerged. Twelve crew members – 11 Chinese nationals and one Malaysian – were on board. Seven of the Chinese nationals have been rescued and transferred…

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TISG Happy Health Minister Accepted Apology

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SINGAPORE – “We are happy that Malaysian Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam has accepted our apology with an open heart,” wrote the publisher of theindependent.sg Monday. The Independent posted on its website that it noted Dr Subramaniam’s statement on Sept 3 : “Today, the portal offered its apology for what they wrote and…

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Singaporean News Portal Pulls Offending Article

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PETALING JAYA – The Singaporean news portal theindependent.sg has taken down its report on the death of hit-and-run victim Justinian Tan. A check on the web page of the article found that it had been replaced with a notice bearing the headline “We’re Sorry!”. “We unreservedly apologize to the parties concerned for the anguish and…

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Halal Zichar Set Up By Malaysian After Meeting Wife

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IT is not every day that you come across a halal zichar stall, but Ridhuan’s Muslim Delights delivers on that — Chinese cuisine cooked to perfection, and halal too. For those who aren’t familiar with the staple in coffee shop, zichar is Chinese cuisine which commonly uses woks and strong heat. Dishes such as hor fun, salted…

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Malaysia, Singapore Ties Have Grown Stronger

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  KUALA LUMPUR – Relations between Malaysia and Singapore have grown stronger over the 52 years following the republic’s independence on Aug 9, 1965, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak. He said many factors contributed to the strengthening of the relations, including their shared history, being the closest neighbours and…

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Singapore: Halimah Steps Down As Speaker To Run For President

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  SINGAPORE – Madam Halimah Yacob, who will contest the upcoming presidential election, has resigned as Speaker of Parliament and MP for Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC MP. She submitted her letter of resignation to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Monday (Aug 7), informing him of her decision to step down as MP and leave the…

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Singaporean Claims Trial To Dog Abuse Charge

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  PETALING JAYA – A Singapore businessman claimed trial for abusing a dog named Furby (pix) at the magistrate’s court here today. Yee Kok Chew, 57, claimed trial to hitting and abusing the brown and white mongrel and causing pain and suffering to the dog. He is alleged to have committed the offence at security…

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Malaysia, Singapore Enhance Ties In Info-Communications

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  KUALA LUMPUR – The Singapore-Malaysia Joint Committee on Information and Communications Co-operation has begun a meeting today in the island republic to discuss ways and means to enhance co-operation in the fields of info-communications and media. The Ministry of Communications and Multimedia said in a statement that the two-day meeting is co-chaired by the…

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We Are Not Criticising Govt Of Singapore – Lee Hsien Yang

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SINGAPORE – “We are not making a criticism of the Government of Singapore, as we made clear from the beginning,” said Lee Hsien Yang, the younger brother of Singapore’s Prime Minister today. The government asks of us, “Are they whistleblowing in a noble effort to save Singapore, or waging a personal vendetta without any care for…

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Worst Not Over For Singapore Property, Billionaire Kwek Says

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SINGAPORE: The worst isn’t over for Singapore’s property market, after government curbs helped push home prices lower for a third year in 2016, said Kwek Leng Beng, the billionaire chairman of City Developments Ltd. “I do not believe the worst is over although I think the worst has slowed down,” Kwek said in a Bloomberg…

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Singapore Rattles Sharing Economy With Rule Change For Airbnb, Uber

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SINGAPORE: Singapore, a keen early adopter of the sharing economy, has fired a warning shot across the bow of Airbnb and Uber with tighter rules that could shake up their business models and growth ambitions in Asia. The rules, some say, are a sign that even governments sympathetic to companies that allow citizens to rent…

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Not A Fair Trial, Claims Family Of Malaysian oT Hang In Singapore

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KUALA LUMPUR: The family of a Malaysian man sentenced to hang in Singapore has filed a judicial review at the KL High Court, claiming he had been deprived of a fair trial. Datchinamurthy Kataiah, 32, was convicted of trafficking 44g of heroine across the Causeway from Johor to Singapore in January 2011, and was sentenced…

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Foreign Vehicle Entering S’pore To Pay High Road Charges

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SINGAPORE – The Land Transport Authority said Monday that all foreign-registered cars will have to pay a Reciprocal Road Charge (RRC) of $6.40 per entry when they enter Singapore via the Tuas or Woodlands Checkpoint from Feb 15. The new charge mirrors Malaysia’s Road Charge of RM20 ($6.40) per entry for non-Malaysia registered cars entering…

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Oil Spill Clean-Up In Johor Expected To Take A Week

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JOHOR BARU: Authorities expect it will take a week to clean up the oil that spilled following Tuesday’s collision of two container vessels in the eastern part of the Johor Strait near Pasir Gudang Port. The Johor Port Authority (LPJ), in a statement Thursday, said how quickly the clean-up could be done was dependent on…

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Oil Spill In Johor Reaches Singapore Shores

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SINGAPORE: The oil spill that occurred in Johor on Tuesday night following a collision between two vessels has reached the shores of mainland Singapore. Parks along the north-eastern coast of Singapore, including Changi Beach Park, were affected, with black oil stains spotted on the beach and in the shallows. On Thursday morning, National Environment Agency…

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Singapore Businesses Fear Worse Economic Situation In 2017

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The economic climate in Singapore deteriorated last year, according to companies polled in a new survey, with almost half expecting this year to be even worse. This was one of the findings of the latest annual National Business Survey conducted by the Singapore Business Federation. The survey polled more than 1,100 companies across all major…

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Malaysian Charged With Murder In Singapore

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SINGAPORE: A 23-year-old Malaysian man was charged on Wednesday here with the murder of a cleaning supervisor at the Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal last month. Ahmad Muin Yaacob is alleged to have committed the murder by causing the death of his colleague, Maimunah Awang, 54, at the ferry terminal on Tanah Merah Ferry Road between…

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Malaysia, Singapore Ink Landmark High-Speed Rail Deal

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PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia and Singapore have signed the High-Speed Rail (HSR) bilateral agreement that will cut travel time between both countries to just 90 minutes. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong witnessed the signing of the landmark deal during the 7th Malaysia-Singapore Leaders’ Retreat here on Tuesday. The…

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Singapore Stresses Under A Wealth Of Worries

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Morale in Singapore is at rock bottom. The tiny Southeast Asian nation has worked hard in the 51 years since its birth to establish an outsize voice on the global stage. Now the city’s economy is in the doldrums and its influence is in question as China flexes its muscles. The Lion City is heading…

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Court: Bankrupt In Malaysia Can Also Be Declared A Bankrupt In Singapore

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SINGAPORE: The High Court has ruled that a retiree made bankrupt in Malaysia can also be made bankrupt in Singapore for the same debts owed there. In a test case, the High Court overruled a lower court decision and declared Malaysian Ling Lee Soon, 71, bankrupt for owing RM58mil to the Lembaga Tabung Angakatan Tentera…

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Coldplay Is Going To Singapore Next Year!

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Get ready for a head full of dreams next year, as Coldplay heads to Asia for a series of shows as part of its current world tour. The Asian schedule of the band’s A Head Full Of Dreams tour kicks off at the National Stadium in Singapore on April 1, before moving on to its…

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Singapore DPM: Drug Users Turning To The Internet

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SINGAPORE – Illicit drug users are now turning to the Internet to attract new users. Singapore Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean (pix) said that the issue of the “Dark Net” was a growing one. “Global Drug Survey found that one in 10 drug users surveyed in 2015 had purchased drugs on the Internet at…

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All Aboard! Singapore Now To Try Out Self-Driving Buses

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SINGAPORE: Singapore signed an agreement on Wednesday to start testing self-driving buses, as the city-state pushes ahead with its vision of using autonomous technology to help deal with the challenges posed by its limited land and labour. Countries around the world are encouraging the development of such technologies, and high-density Singapore is hoping driverless vehicles…

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