GRAB-ER: THE SAGA CONTINUES

What happened? In the latest development of the Grab-Uber merger saga, the Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS) announced on July 5th that its investigations indicate that the controversial merger has infringed upon the Competition Act*. From the investigations, it was found that the merger has eliminated competition between the two ride-hailing giants (Thanks, […]

BREXIT: THE EXIT STRATEGY

What happened? Two years after UK announced that it was leaving the EU, Theresa May and her cabinet have finished ironing out how the UK will be leaving the EU. May’s soft exit plan will allow the UK to maintain close ties with the EU. The agreement proposes that EU citizens living in the UK, […]

APPARENTLY, TRADE WARS ARE EASY TO WIN

Really? Well, says Trump, who insists that “trade wars are good, and easy to win”. Just last Friday, the US followed through on months of tariff threats, imposing duties on $34 bn in Chinese imports. In a tit for tat move, China also implemented duties proportionately, commenting that the Trump has just “launched the biggest […]

KNOW YOUR ICT PLANS EARLY

Keeping up with the latest technology, the Singapore Army has devised a new mobile application for operationally ready national servicemen (NSmen) during their in-camp training (ICT). For most of us, this means in the near future (by 2019), we will get to check the programme for our ICT up to six months in advance, rather […]

DON’T BE SALTY, JUST BE HAPPY…

…because Singapore just officially opened its first government-owned and operated desalination plant (hoorayy), the Tuas Desalination plant, on Tuesday June 28 (or should I say Tuas-day). Having a capacity of 30 million gallons per day and costing S$217 million, the new plant is a strategic infrastructural asset that would be able to meet the water […]

THE FRENCH HAVE NS TOO

Exciting times are ahead for our young French counterparts as the French government has just recently announced the re-introduction of national service for all 16-year-olds in the country. Initially mooted by President Macron, the final iteration of the plan that is dubbed “Universal National Service”, is a watered-down version of the National Service that we […]

A WATERING DOWN OF TIES?

What happened? Adding to the string of events that signal strained ties between Malaysia and Singapore, Malaysia Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has expressed that the water deal that Malaysia has with Singapore needs to be renegotiated as it is “too costly“. “I think it is manifestly ridiculous that we should sell water at 3 sen […]