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Singapore boosts sin taxes, help for elderly

Singapore on Friday announced steep increases in alcohol, gambling and tobacco taxes as it pledged billions of dollars in healthcare subsidy for its growing ranks of elderly citizens. Liquor taxes will be raised by 25 percent with immediate effect while duties on tobacco products will jump by 10 percent, Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam told parliament as he announced the government's 2014 budget. Betting duties from the state-linked betting firm Singapore Pools will rise to 30 percent from 25 percent of gross bets from July.

Porsche-owning UK expat infuriates Singapore with "poor people" gaffes

By Brian Leonal SINGAPORE (Reuters) - A British wealth manager in Singapore is facing death threats, government criticism and public anger after his social media posts about mixing with "poor people" on public transport and being reunited with his Porsche went viral. Anton Casey has been forced to hire a public relations firm in a bid to fend off the growing outrage over his Facebook posts.

Singapore FM slams 'deeply offensive' remarks by British expat

A Singapore-based British wealth manager's Facebook posts deriding public transport commuters as poor are "deeply offensive, wrong, and unacceptable", the city-state's foreign minister said Thursday. Furious Internet users lashed out at Porsche-driving Anton Casey, who is married to a former Singapore beauty queen, after he referred to public transport users as "poor people" in a post on the social network. The 39-year-old, a Singapore permanent resident, had also referred to washing "the stench of public transport off me" in another post.

British expat's 'poor people' remark sparks outrage in Singapore

A Porsche-driving British wealth manager in Singapore who referred to public transport commuters as "poor people" has apologised after his Facebook posts sparked an online furore. Anton Casey, a 39-year-old who is married to a former Singapore beauty queen, had also referred to washing "the stench of public transport off me" in one of his posts on the social network. Furious Internet users lashed out at Casey, a Singapore permanent resident, with many subjecting him and his family to verbal abuse.

Artist's 'submissive Singaporeans' remarks spark debate

A young local artist has touched a raw nerve in Singapore after she posted a YouTube video labelling Singaporeans as "submissive" and attacking the city-state's education system for stifling creativity. Singer Steph Micayle's monologue titled "Why I am not proud to be Singaporean" has generated more than 800,000 views and 15,000 comments on the popular video-sharing site since it was posted on January 15.

Activists demand due process following Singapore riot

Activists Wednesday urged Singapore to ensure due process and address migrant worker grievances after the government said it would deport 53 South Asian labourers for their alleged involvement in a rare riot. Home Affairs Minister Teo Chee Hean on Tuesday said the deportation of the men -- 52 Indians and one Bangladeshi -- as well as criminal charges filed against 28 other Indians would "send a strong signal that we will not tolerate actions by anyone which threaten law and order in Singapore".

Singapore to deport 53 after rare riot; drops charges against 7

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore plans to deport 53 people and issue warnings to about 200 more for their involvement in the city-state's worst riot in more than 40 years this month, which shocked a nation that prides itself on its safety and orderliness. The riots sparked intense discussion over Singapore's policy on foreign labor, which now makes up a fifth of a population of nearly 5.4 million. Many citizens are increasingly irked by the growing numbers of foreign workers.

Singapore gov't offering more scholarships to groom cybersecurity talent

Singapore gov't offering more scholarships to groom cybersecurity talent SINGAPORE, Dec. 12 (Xinhua) -- The Singapore government is offering more scholarships to encourage young people to pursue degrees and diplomas in cybersecurity, Communications and Information Minister Yaacob Ibrahim said. It is also trying to get tertiary institutions to include cybersecurity in the curriculum and have it as a specialist track in degree programs to plug the shortage in cybersecurity experts, local media on Thursday quoted Yaacob as saying in an interview.

Roundup: Singapore stocks end down 1.03 pct amid fear of early U.S. stimulus reduction

Roundup: Singapore stocks end down 1.03 pct amid fear of early U.S. stimulus reduction SINGAPORE, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- Singapore shares closed 1.03 percent lower on Tuesday, as the latest job report released last Friday raised fear that U.S. Federal Reserve may taper its monetary stimulus later this month.

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Duty Editor: Liz Thomas Tel: +852 2829 6211 ASIA NEWS HIGHLIGHTS ON TUESDAY + Thai protestors intent on 'people's revolution' + Indian rioters in Singapore to be charged in court + Deadline looms for TPP trade talks in Singapore THAILAND -- Opposition protesters vow to keep up their fight to sweep away the government and current democratic system in a "people's revolution", despite the prime minister's announcement of snap elections (THAILAND-POLITICS-PROTEST) SINGAPORE
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