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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

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

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

Gerald Giam: Long-term passes for SG foreign spouses should be easier to process

SINGAPORE: Workers’ Party MP Gerald Giam (Aljunied GRC) said in Parliament on Monday (Sept 18) that many of the cases presented to him during his ‘Meet the People’ Sessions (MOS) are related to immigration matters, with Singaporeans feeling disappointed when their spouses are denied an LTVP (Long Term Visit Pass) or permanent residency. “The Government should not make it difficult for a married couple to stay together by denying an

15-year-old arrested in armed robbery case

SINGAPORE: The Singapore Police Force has apprehended a 15-year-old boy in connection with an armed robbery at a convenience store in Tampines. The incident occurred on Tuesday (Sept 19), and the police were mobilised after an urgent call for assistance at 5:30 am. Preliminary investigations revealed that the teenager had wielded a knife to coerce the shopkeeper to hand over a significant quantity of cigarettes valued at $827 and $180