The Week

Not all business as usual as Thailand finally heads to the polls

SINGAPORE (Mar 25): To vote is to exist — reads a banner at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, as Thais head for the polls on March 24. The general election in Thailand is the country’s first since a 2014 military coup that ousted former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Almost 90% of those who registered for advanced voting on March 17 had turned up at the ballot box, compared with a 55% turnout for early voting in the 2011 election.

Singapore authorities block New Noble listing

SINGAPORE (Dec 10): The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and Singapore Exchange Regulation (SGX RegCo) have barred Noble Group from transferring its listing status to New Noble as part of its restructuring process. This comes after a “careful review” of the findings to-date from the ongoing investigations into the commodities trader and its Singapore-incorporated subsidiary Noble Resources International (NRI).

Electronic payments to be licensed as financial services extend beyond banks and borders

SINGAPORE (Nov 26): Grab and Go-Jek, the Southeast Asian ride-hailing platforms that were disrupting traditional banking services by offering electronic payments and other financial services, have since formed alliances with banks as part of their aggressive expansion plans. Now, their services are set to be licensed under a new Payment Services Bill that was introduced in Parliament last week.

Noble gets go-ahead for controversial restructuring plan, pays funds into court in ongoing legal suit

SINGAPORE (Nov 19): Troubled commodities trader Noble Group is moving ahead with a controversial restructuring plan that will see its investors’ shareholding significantly diluted and its creditors owning most of the company. Meanwhile, a former employee whom it sued for conspiracy to injure the company by unlawful means is expecting to be vindicated and compensated for his legal costs.

GO-JEK rides into Singapore, but über incentives may be behind us

SINGAPORE (Nov 5): After months of anticipation, Indonesian ride-hailing platform GO-JEK has launched a pre-registration portal for people interested in becoming its driver-partners. Over the coming weeks, interested drivers who provide their contact details will receive notifications from GO-JEK with information on how to apply to join its Singapore platform when the company launches its services here.

Culture of complacency the greatest 'virus' in Singapore's battle against cyberattacks

SINGAPORE (Oct 8): Singapore has been investing heavily into cybersecurity amid its Smart Nation drive. But as details of the events leading to the cyberattack on Singapore Health Services’ patient database system in June emerge, so too do signs of a worrying trend: Has a culture of complacency seeped into the people and organisations tasked with defending the nation against cyber threats?

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