Understanding changes to Singapore’s Provident Fund

Leong Sze Hian
Jul 31, 10

from:malaysiakini

COMMENT Following recent policy changes to the Central Provident Fund (CPF) in Singapore, Malaysian permanent residents (MPRs) in the island republic, or those who have worked there and have a CPF account, need to be aware of six key areas before they reach the age of 55.
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Burmese rank highest in detention camp deaths

Lawi Weng
Jul 31, 10
Thirty-two Burmese detainees died while in custody in immigration detention centres , the highest number of foreign detainee deaths, according to the government.

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Dutch close in on government with anti-Islam party backing

AMSTERDAM, July 31 — Pushing an austerity agenda, two right-leaning Dutch parties agreed yesterday to have talks to form a minority government with support from an anti-Islam party five months after the last government collapsed.

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Key parts of Arizona anti-immigration law blocked

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Dr M moots bloggers’ code of ethics

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Syed Hamid Albar denies existence of political fund

KUALA LUMPUR, July 27 — Former Home Minister Tan Sri Syed Hamid Syed Jaafar Albar told the Sessions Court today that he was not involved in approving calling visas for Bangladesh workers for a political fund.

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BBC:Burma leader expects silence from India visit

As Burma’s top leader, General Than Shwe, pays a five-day state visit to India, the BBC’s Hindi Service editor Amit Baruah asks what reaction the military ruler can expect from the world’s largest democracy.

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Bangkok post:Burma border talks fail to end stand-off

Thailand and Burma will continue their talks on the reopening of the border at Mae Sot on Friday after Burma refused to lift its ban on cross-border traffic.

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AFP:India welcomes Myanmar military ruler with full honours

NEW DELHI — Myanmar’s reclusive military ruler Than Shwe received a red-carpet welcome in New Delhi Tuesday as he began the formal leg of a state visit to India amid protests and criticism from rights groups.

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Pay more for local waiters? Forget about it

By Boo Su-Lyn
July 27, 2010
from:themalaysianinsider

KUALA LUMPUR, July 27 — It’s no surprise to find that Malaysian diners are not willing to pay more so restaurants can hire local staff who are bound to demand higher wages than foreign workers. But the reason they give is.

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Police ‘dragging feet’ on death of migrant worker

Richard Loo Wai Hoong
Jul 26, 10

from:malaysiakini

The family of deceased migrant restaurant worker Abdul Hameed Rahim, who died under suspicious circumstances, are crying foul over ‘slow police investigations’ that have delayed his burial.

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Soldiers Of Fortune

By Hannah Beech / Pyin U Lwin

from:TIME

The weekend invasion begins with the click-clack of thumbtack-adorned shoes. For four hours, senior cadets from Burma’s Defense Services Academy (DSA) and its sister technological institute march through the streets of Pyin U Lwin, briefcases in hand, maroon berets perched on proudly angled heads. Most are preoccupied with securing the rations of daily life: soap, socks, kung fu DVDs.

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Telegraph:Burma is working on nuclear weapons programme, experts claim

Burma is working on a nuclear weapons programme, experts have concluded, after its existence was exposed by leaked photographs.

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The Independent:Tory leader follows Burmese general on the Delhi trail

Burma’s top military general began a five-day visit to India yesterday for talks aimed at deepening ties between the two South Asian neighbours. Pro-democracy advocates protested his arrival and promised to step up their demonstrations.

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