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  1. News - Asia - SINGAPORE

    New Singapore rules give locals first choice of employment opportunities

    Posted Aug 01st 2014, 11:26pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse Revision of employment rules means locals will have first chance at any positions advertised New system aims to stop foreigners 'stealing work' Employment rules favouring Singaporeans came into force yesterday as part of measures aimed at addressing complaints about foreigners stealing jobs from them. Singapore-based companies needing professional ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1564511/new-singapore-rules-give-locals-first-choice-employment-opportunities
  2. News - Asia - SINGAPORE

    Singapore activists warn of surging xenophobia as foreigners take the blame for social ills

    Posted May 28th 2014, 03:07pm

    ... Agence France-Presse Campaigners warn of rising racism and fear of outsiders following a string of incidents targeting some of the city state’s foreign population of 1.55 million Guest ... of racist, aggressive and militarised rhetoric” against foreigners on social networks, said a press release issued by 12 independent groups including Maruah, Singapore’s main human rights group. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1520339/singapore-activists-warn-surging-xenophobia-foreigners-take-blame-social
  3. News - Asia - SINGAPORE

    Toll protest causes long traffic jam at Singapore-Malaysia border

    Posted Aug 01st 2014, 02:12pm by Agence France-Presse in Singapore

    ... 1 announcement by Singapore that it will raise a permit fee for foreign vehicles from S$20 (HK$124) a day to S$35. The increases have generated widespread consternation among both Malaysians ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1564149/toll-protest-causes-long-traffic-jam-singapore-malaysia-border
  4. News - Asia - SINGAPORE

    Singapore warns maid agencies against ‘undignified’ adverts

    Posted Jul 17th 2014, 02:27pm by Agence France-Presse in Singapore

    ... they are physically put on display in shopping malls. “Advertisements which emphasise cheap fees, promotional rates, and/or discounts inadvertently give the impression that the FDWs [foreign domestic workers] ... about foreign domestic helpers being made to demonstrate household and care-giving chores at employment agency premises in shopping malls. The Qatar-based Al Jazeera news network in June ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1555579/singapore-warns-maid-agencies-against-undignified-adverts
  5. News - Asia - SINGAPORE

    Locals-first job website launched by Singapore amid backlash against migrants

    Posted Jul 14th 2014, 10:40pm by AFP

    ... that foreigners are stealing professional jobs from locals. The "Jobs Bank" website will match employment opportunities with profiles of locals seeking employment or a change of jobs. From August 1, companies needing professional workers must advertise on the site for at least 14 days before they can seek an employment pass for a foreigner. The website offers vacancies in sectors ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1554278/locals-first-job-website-launched-singapore-amid-backlash-against-migrants
  6. News - Asia - SINGAPORE

    ‘Filipino infestation in Singapore’ blog sparks embassy call for probe

    Posted Jun 19th 2014, 04:14pm by AP

    ... policies. At an anti-immigration rally last month, protesters claimed foreigners were stealing jobs from Singaporeans. In December, mostly Indian guest workers rioted in the worst unrest in decades ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1536176/philippines-asks-singapore-probe-racist-blog
  7. SINGAPORE

    Demand for sexual services refund among quirky Singapore consular requests

    Posted Jun 05th 2014, 02:59pm

    ... Agence France-Presse Foreign minister reveals strange demands made to overseas missions in Facebook post Singapore’s foreign minister on Thursday urged his globetrotting countrymen ... Shanmugam said. In one instance, Shanmugam said a Singaporean sought Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) intervention “for a refund after he had gotten illegal sexual services in a foreign country”. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1525931/demand-sexual-services-refund-among-quirky-singapore-consular-requests
  8. News - Asia - SINGAPORE

    Globetrotting Singaporeans told not to abuse consular services

    Posted Jun 05th 2014, 11:09pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse Strange case of undiplomatic dilemmas Singapore's foreign minister yesterday urged his globetrotting countrymen to be more considerate of the city-state's ... are genuine. But sometimes we do get odd requests," Shanmugam said. In one instance, a man sought help "for a refund after he had gotten illegal sexual services in a foreign country". ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1526143/globetrotting-singaporeans-told-not-abuse-consular-services
  9. News - Asia - SINGAPORE

    Singaporeans ‘no longer trust their government’: Writer Catherine Lim criticises PM in open letter

    Posted Jun 09th 2014, 03:54am by Satish Cheney

    ... have termed a watershed election. Since then, the government has faced criticism from citizens complaining about overcrowded public transport, plans to bring in more foreign workers ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1528124/writer-catherine-lims-open-letter-singaporean-pm-fuels-social-media-debate
  10. News - Asia - SINGAPORE

    Singapore firm charged over arms smuggling to North Korea

    Posted Jun 10th 2014, 03:51pm

    ... Agence France-Presse in Singapore Singapore-registered ship intercepted in the Panama Canal last year had cargo of weapons from Cuba bound for Pyongyang Singapore said on Tuesday it had filed criminal charges against a shipping firm based in the city-state accused of helping smuggle missiles and other military hardware from Cuba to North Korea. The foreign affairs and home ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1529270/singapore-firm-charged-over-weapons-smuggling-north-korea

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