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Successors ‘will find it hard to deal with’ EP scheme: PM Lee

Tue, 11/08/2016 - 06:34
SINGAPORE – Explaining why changes to the Elected Presidency scheme have to be made now, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong reiterated on Tuesday (Nov 8) that it would be irresponsible for him to "kick this can down the road and leave the problem to my...

EP a necessary stabiliser for S’pore’s political system: PM Lee

Tue, 11/08/2016 - 06:02
SINGAPORE – Like other countries, Singapore's political system requires "auxiliary precautions", beyond the primary control through a Parliament elected by the people – and the Elected Presidency (EP) provides just that, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong...

Former Keppel Club senior executive charged with selling fake memberships

Tue, 11/08/2016 - 04:50
SINGAPORE - The woman who was at the centre of a probe into alleged fraud involving Keppel Club memberships was hauled to court on Tuesday (Nov 8), to face charges of selling fraudulent memberships to unsuspecting buyers. Irene Setho, a former senior...

TODAY's morning briefing for Nov 8

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 22:30
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Ex-BSI banker pilfered S$5.6m via shell firm: Relationship manager

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 20:00
SINGAPORE - Former BSI banker Yeo Jiawei used a shell company bearing a similar name to Abu Dhabi state fund subsidiary Aabar Investments PJS to pilfer US$4 million (S$5.6 million) on one occasion, his relationship manager testified yesterday. This was the...

Desire for Malay president cuts across community: Yaacob

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 20:00
SINGAPORE - While younger Malays have grown up with meritocracy as the basis of how society is organised, and appear reluctant to see a "circuit breaker" in the Elected Presidency (EP) to ensure minority representation, the desire to see a Malay President...

S’pore committed to support the capacity-building efforts of the Palestinian people

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 16:55
SINGAPORE - Senior Minister of State for Defence and Foreign Affairs, Dr Mohamad Maliki Osman, who is currently on a working visit to the Palestinian Territories, met Palestinian National Authority (PNA) President Mahmoud Abbas and other PNA leaders on Monday...

EP changes ‘will bring stability, prevent gridlock’

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 15:55
SINGAPORE - The debate on the proposed constitutional amendments to the Elected Presidency (EP) scheme kicked off on Monday (Nov 7), with Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean telling the House that the changes would provide stability to the political system,...

Sharp exchange in Parliament over move to exempt two operators from ban on remote gambling

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 15:40
SINGAPORE - The Workers' Party (WP) has alleged that the Government is trying to make more money by exempting two operators from a ban on remote gambling, drawing a sharp rebuttal from Senior Minister of State (Home Affairs) Desmond Lee. During the...

US example shows Constitution ‘must continue to evolve over time’

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 15:10
SINGAPORE - As the Republic seeks to entrench the 25-year-old Elected Presidency (EP) scheme in the Constitution, the United States provides a "striking example" of the need to strike a balance between rigidity and adaptability when designing the entrenchment...

Rio Paralympians lauded for their ‘courage, determination, fighting spirit’

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 15:01
SINGAPORE - In a landmark moment for local para sports, Team Singapore's Paralympians were formally honoured in Parliament on Monday (Nov 7) as nine of the 13-strong contingent from the Rio Paralympic Games received a standing ovation from the House for their...

Govt proposes allowing third-party financing for international arbitration cases here

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 14:45
SINGAPORE - To boost Singapore's position as a legal hub for settling commercial disputes, the Ministry of Law (MinLaw) is seeking to allow third-party funding. This means an entity that is not involved in a dispute can help bear one side's legal fees -...

No clear evidence of rise in irresponsible retrenchment practices: Swee Say

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 14:40
SINGAPORE - Although layoffs have spiked, Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say told Parliament on Monday (Nov 7) that there is no clear evidence that irresponsible retrenchment practices are on the rise. The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) received 63...

Home refuse-collection fees to go up from next year

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 14:15
SINGAPORE - Households will soon have to pay about 10 per cent more each month to have their garbage collected because of higher operating costs, said the National Environment Agency (NEA) on Monday (Nov 7). From January next year, the fees will be raised to...

EP cannot be hamstrung just to guard against worst-case scenarios: President

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 13:55
SINGAPORE - While stressing that the Elected Presidency (EP) cannot be a second centre of power, President Tony Tan - making his first comments on the proposed changes to the EP scheme - said that the office of the head of state cannot be hamstrung "just to...

Parliament: Higher resignation rate for teachers in first five years of service

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 13:15
SINGAPORE - Even though the overall resignation rate for the entire teacher population was low at around 2 to 3 per cent over the past decade, the resignation rate for those in the first five years of service is slightly higher, averaging at about 3 to 4 per...

20 electric scooters seized in crackdown on errant riders

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 13:05
SINGAPORE - A total of 20 electric scooters have been seized after their users were caught riding on the road, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said on Monday (Nov 7). More than 1,400 notices were also issued to users of power-assisted bicycles (PABs) -...

An 11th Hour answer to cutting down on food waste

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 13:05
SINGAPORE - When he was selling bak kut teh in Toa Payoh Central, Mr Tan Jun Yuan would have an average of 10 to 15 bowls' worth of pork and soup left at the end of each day. But it was the scale of food wastage at the economy rice stall next door that...

No additional requirements for Fire Code, in light of Jurong West market blaze: Shanmugam

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 11:00
SINGAPORE - There is no need to impose additional fire safety standards on all wet markets, despite a recent blaze which gutted the Jurong West market, Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam said on Monday (Nov 7).
 In a written response to a...

Mindef to acquire new medium- and heavy-lift helicopters

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 11:00
SINGAPORE - The Ministry of Defence (Mindef) will be getting new helicopters to replace its ageing fleet of rotary wing aircraft. The new helicopters - the H225M and CH-47F - will replace the Republic of Singapore Air Force's (RSAF) existing Super Pumas and...