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4 Common Types of Scams to Avoid

Reading Time: 5 minutesNearly 470 OCBC Bank customers lost at least $8.5 million to a spate of SMS phishing scams last month. Other banks such as DBS and UOB recently warned of similar scams impersonating bank employees. Oftentimes, scammers are difficult to catch because many use cunning methods. They can immediately dispose of the fake websites, IP addresses, […]

HSA seizes biggest haul of over $2m worth of e-vaporisers and related components

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe Health Sciences Authority (HSA) has seized more than $2 million worth of e-vaporisers and related components after an operation conducted on October 11 2021. It is the largest seizure of tobacco products by the HSA, in terms of the volume and street value of the e-vaporisers, the authority added. The authority said it acted […]

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Levelling the Playing Field between the Prosecution and the Defence: Steps in the Right Direction

Reading Time: 8 minutesDeveloped by Herbert Packer, the Crime Control Model and Due Process Model espouse different ideologies in criminal justice. The former prioritises efficient crime suppression in the interests of public order, while the latter emphasises the primacy of individual rights in relation to the state. While Singapore’s criminal justice regime incorporates characteristics of both, historically, experts […]

Feeding wildlife in Singapore is a lose-lose situation, say experts

Reading Time: 3 minutesPeople who feed wild animals are being made to pay a pretty penny for their actions, as the authorities move to clamp down on behaviour that could escalate chances of human-wildlife conflict. Members of the nature community tell The Straits Times that this is a timely move, especially with Singapore’s greening efforts paying off and […]

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S’pore to introduce new gambling laws that cover arcade games & claw machines

Reading Time: 2 minutesThe Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) will be amending the gambling legislation later this year to ensure that the laws and regulations remain effective in the face of evolving gambling products and business models. Amendments will be made to areas including the definition of gambling, social gambling, arcade games and claw machines, and online games. […]

10 things to know before entering into a Pre-Nuptial Agreement

Reading Time: 7 minutesA pre-nuptial agreement, or a “pre-nup” as they are commonly called, can be one of the most significant documents a couple signs together in anticipation of marriage. Time-stretched and stressed over wedding preparations, couples tend to routinely sign documents without batting an eyelash. These include purchasing a property together, paying hefty deposits to secure their […]

An Employers’ Guide to CPF Contributions

Reading Time: 7 minutesIntroduction Central Provident Fund (“CPF”) is sometimes referred to as “Calculate, Pay or get Fined” by Singaporean employers. This is because the Central Provident Fund Act requires them to contribute to their employees’ CPF accounts or get fined for failure to do so.[1] If you are an employer, you may have questions about such contributions. […]

A Summary of “The Rule Of Law” by Tom Bingham: Part 2

Reading Time: 5 minutesIn Part 2 of this summary of “The Rule of Law” by Tom Bingham, we will look at the remaining 4 out of 8 of his 8 principles that explore the rule of law more thoroughly. If you haven’t already, read Part 1 here. Fifth, the law must afford adequate protection of fundamental human rights. […]

A Summary of “The Rule Of Law” by Tom Bingham: Part 1

Reading Time: 5 minutesIn this summary of “The Rule of Law” by Tom Bingham, we will look at 4 out of 8 of his 8 principles that explore the rule of law more thoroughly and break down the general concept of it.  First, the law must be accessible and so far as possible intelligible, clear and predictable.  This […]

SMU Lexicon: Winning but not Winning — Sharing Lottery Winnings In The Event of a Divorce (BOI v BOJ [2019] 2 SLR 114)

Reading Time: 6 minutesIntroduction Striking the lottery usually calls for celebration. However, for lottery winners who have not had quite the same fortune in their marriage and are contemplating a divorce, perhaps the celebrations should not start just yet. In the recent decision of BOI v BOJ (“BOI”),[1] the apex court clarified that lottery winnings received during a […]

SMU Lexicon: Damages For Defamation — How Are They Assessed?

Reading Time: 6 minutesIntroduction Rome wasn’t built in a day, but it sure burned in one. No wonder then, that defamation is treated seriously – a person’s reputation takes ages to build, yet a single incident, a statement in a newspaper, a remark in a magazine, or even a seemingly innocuous comment online is enough to ruin it. […]