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Two fatal workplace accidents at LTA worksites raise concerns about safety

Two construction workers died in separate incidents at LTA worksites on 15 and 16 September. The tragedies occurred on the Pan-Island Expressway and the North-South Corridor. The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) is investigating, while the Acting Transport Minister highlighted a rise in LTA site accidents in 2023.

SingPost announces 20-cent rate hike for standard mail, now 51 cents

Singapore public postal provider, SingPost has announced a significant rate hike of 20 cents for standard regular mail to 51 cents, effective 9 October 2023, marking the largest increase since 2014. Citing digital disruption and declining mail volumes, the company aims to simplify the domestic postage rate by eliminating weight criteria. To ease the transition, Singapore households will receive a stamp booklet.

PSP NCMP Leong Mun Wai: ‘Misrepresenting one’s words is not appropriate conduct’

Leong Mun Wai, NCMP from PSP, underscores the importance of truthfulness in Parliament, stating that 'misrepresenting one's words is not appropriate conduct.' This follows Speaker Seah Kian Peng's ruling on a complaint about the alleged misrepresentation of Mr Leong's speech last month by PAP MP Murali Pillai.

Prominent Bangladeshi human rights defenders convicted, sparking international outcry

FORUM-ASIA and its member organizations express solidarity with Bangladeshi human rights defenders, Adilur Rahman Khan and ASM Nasiruddin Elan, following their conviction by the Dhaka Cyber Tribunal. The defenders, known for their work with Odhikar, have faced persistent harassment since revealing extrajudicial killings in 2013. FORUM-ASIA calls for their immediate release and urges Bangladesh to respect human rights and uphold international commitments.

Suggestion on increasing Work Passes met with caution from Manpower Minister

MP for Chua Chu Kang, Mr Don Wee proposed increasing work passes for certain night-shift roles, allowing workers to return to Johor Bahru and Batam by day. Manpower Minister Dr Tan See Leng cautioned against over-reliance on foreign workers, emphasizing challenges in regulation, but pointed to the M-SEP scheme for businesses needing temporary foreign manpower.


Indonesia’s minister touts robust post-Covid-19 economic recovery with consistent 5% growth

Indonesia's Coordinating Minister, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, touts the nation's robust post-pandemic economic recovery at the UAE-Indonesia Economic Business Forum 2023, highlighting strong growth and investment potential.

Indonesian TikTok Influencer sentenced to 2 years in prison for controversial TikTok video on religious blasphemy

In a landmark ruling, Lina Mukherjee, an Indonesian TikTok influencer, has been sentenced to two years in prison and fined IDR 250 million (US$16,200) for her contentious video, where she uttered "bismillah" before eating pork, igniting a debate on religious insensitivity in Indonesia.

PDIP’s Ganjar Pranowo hints at potential alliance with Prabowo Subianto for 2024 Indonesian Presidential Race

The potential partnership between Ganjar Pranowo of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) and Prabowo Subianto in the 2024 Presidential Election is a topic of discussion. At a recent campaign meeting, Pranowo acknowledged the ongoing discourse and stressed that in politics, "anything is possible" until confirmed by the General Election Commission (KPU).

Is the withdrawal of access blocking direction of East Asia Forum, an example of how Singapore practices “Rule by Law”?

In the recent reversal involving POFMA and the East Asia Forum, Singapore's legal approach has raised questions. The differential treatment between local and foreign entities, combined with apparent selective enforcement, raises concerns about the nation's commitment to the rule of law versus the rule by law.