Ken Lim faces another charge of insulting woman’s modesty

SINGAPORE: Ken Lim, the man once dubbed “the Simon Cowell of Singapore,” is facing yet another charge related to accusations women have brought against him. There are now seven charges: six counts of insulting a woman’s modesty and one count of molestation. The former Singapore Idol’s most recent charge is for insulting the modesty of a woman while allegedly discussing a possible career in music for her back in July

NTUC survey reveals overwhelming demand for paid caregiving leave to ease employee burden

SINGAPORE: A recent survey conducted by the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) has shed light on the pressing need for paid caregiving leave in the workforce. The survey, which polled 1,000 local employees and job seekers, indicates that more than 60 per cent of respondents are yearning for paid caregiving leave to help them manage their dual responsibilities of work and caregiving. Of the respondents, a staggering 80 per cent

Thomson Medical given 3 months to restore public float

The percentage of the company’s shares held by public shareholders has fallen below 10%. Thomson Medical will have three months to restore its public float as granted by the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited (SGX-ST). During the three months, Thomson Medical will still be able to continue trading its shares. In a bourse filing, the company’s board has advised shareholders and investors to “refrain from taking any action, which may

Pritam Singh: Motion to suspend Transport Minister, premature

SINGAPORE: The Workers’ Party MPs were among the parliamentarians who voted against the motion proposed by Progress Singapore Party Non-Constituency MP Hazel Poa to suspend Transport Minister S Iswaran on Tuesday (Sept 19). Calling Ms Poa’s motion premature, he pointed out that “we do not even know the details of what Mr Iswaran is accused of” and warned of the implications if the motion were allowed to proceed. “In the

Passport-free travel coming to Changi Airport in 2024

SINGAPORE: From 2024, automated immigration clearance will be introduced at Changi Airport, letting passengers travel from Singapore without needing a passport. Biometric data will be used instead as part of the changes planned to Singapore’s Immigration Act. Minister for Communications and Information Josephine Teo said in Parliament on Monday (Sept 18) that biometrics will be used for authentication starting from the first half of next year. These include a number

MOF to consider ‘age-based only’ in criteria of Majulah Package

Currently, the package only benefits seniors with lower incomes and less wealth. The government is looking into suggestions to amend the eligibility of the Majulah Package by including age-only criteria. Senior Minister of State for Finance Chee Hong Tat said the current key segments are providing support for young seniors aged 50 to early 60. “They have benefitted from Singapore’s economic growth and our investments in education, healthcare, and social security.

Is it worth it to buy an old condo in your 30s?

SINGAPORE: Is it worth it to buy an old condo? A man in his 30s had the same dilemma; he said: “Found a beautiful apartment in Central area going for 1.2mil but it only has 55 years left on the lease. We are both in our 30s, have a combined income of about 12k per month, and live quite simply. No major/urgent plans to have kids, and we can see

Maid wants to stay in SG after employer cancels her Work Permit

SINGAPORE: A foreign domestic helper took to social media asking what her options were after her employer cancelled her Work Permit (WP). In an anonymous post to a support group for domestic helpers and employers alike, the maid asked if she could stay in Singapore even after her employer cancelled her Work Permit and brought her to the airport to send her home. “Can I stay ?If yes, how long?”

Parliament rejects proposal to suspend Iswaran as MP

SINGAPORE: PAP MPs on Monday (Sep 19) rejected the motion by Non-Constituency MP Hazel Poa to suspend Transport Minister S Iswaran from parliament and voted instead to consider the matter when corruption investigations against him conclude. Ms Poa filed a motion to suspend Mr Iswaran from the service of parliament so that he would no longer receive an MP’s allowance while not performing duties. Mr Iswaran was no longer performing

Residents monthly household needs increase from $600 to $1K

SINGAPORE — During a recent community engagement by the opposition party, Peoples’ Voice at the Jalan Besar GRC, a number of residents expressed their grievances about the current economic climate. Led by party leader Lim Tean, their conversations centred around their concerns at the high cost of living and the planned increase in the Goods and Services Tax (GST) to 9% in Jan 2024. This will be a second consecutive