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    Chile; New Zealand; Singapore: Digital Trade Agreement Signed (June 17, 2020) On June 12, 2020, the governments of Chile, New Zealand, and Singapore signed the Digital Economy Partnership Agreement (DEPA) in an online ceremony, with e-signature tools utilized. Negotiations for the agreement were launched in May 2019 when the trade ministers of the three countries met and “discussed ways to maximize the contributions that […]
    • Contributor: Buchanan, Kelly
    • Date: 2020-06-17
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    Singapore: COVID-19 Control Orders Extended to June 1 (May 7, 2020) On April 30, 2020, Singapore’s minister for health made an amendment to the COVID‑19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations 2020 to extend the expiration date of the COVID-19 control orders under the regulations to June 1, 2020. The Control Order Regulations, which had been originally issued on April 7, 2020, under the authorization […]
    • Contributor: Zhang, Laney
    • Date: 2020-05-07
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    Singapore: Singaporean Courts Hear Only Essential and Urgent Matters During COVID-19 Outbreak, Largely Through Zoom (May 1, 2020) On April 24, 2020, Singapore’s chief justice announced an extension to June 1, 2020, of the period during which the courts of Singapore would hear only essential and urgent matters in order to slow local transmission of COVID-19. On the same day, the Supreme Court, state courts, and family justice courts each […]
    • Contributor: Zhang, Laney
    • Date: 2020-05-01
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    New Zealand; Singapore: New Declaration on Trade in Essential Goods for Combating the COVID-19 Pandemic (Apr. 17, 2020) On April 15, 2020, the governments of New Zealand and Singapore “launched a new trade initiative to ensure supply chain connectivity and the removal of blockages to trade in a list of essential products that includes medicines, medical and surgical equipment.” The initiative builds on a joint statement by the two countries in […]
    • Contributor: Buchanan, Kelly
    • Date: 2020-04-17
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    Singapore: New Payment Services Act Takes Effect (Apr. 17, 2020) On January 28, 2020, Singapore’s new Payment Services Act went into effect. The Act unifies and streamlines the regulatory requirements for various payment services provided in Singapore, including electronic payments and cryptocurrency dealing and exchange services. The Act was passed by Parliament on January 14, 2019. The Act regulates seven types of […]
    • Contributor: Zhang, Laney
    • Date: 2020-04-17
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    Singapore: Government Distributes Reusable Masks to All Households (Apr. 6, 2020) In remarks on the coronavirus situation delivered on April 3, 2020, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced that the government of Singapore would no longer discourage people who are well from wearing protective masks. Rather, according to the prime minister, the government would distribute reusable masks to all households in Singapore beginning […]
    • Contributor: Zhang, Laney
    • Date: 2020-04-06
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    Singapore: Amendment to Harassment Law Passed to Criminalize "Doxxing" (Oct. 25, 2019) On May 7, 2019, the Parliament of Singapore passed an amendment to the city-state’s harassment law, the Protection from Harassment Act (POHA). The Protection from Harassment (Amendment) Act 2019 (Amendment Act) adds to POHA the new offense of “doxxing,” which involves the publication of “identity information” in order to harass, threaten, or […]
    • Contributor: Zhang, Laney
    • Date: 2019-10-25
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    Singapore: Payment Services Act Passed, Regulating Cryptocurrency Dealing or Exchange Services (Apr. 17, 2019) On January 14, 2019, the Parliament of Singapore passed the Payment Services Act, bringing cryptocurrency dealing or exchange services under the supervision of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), the city-state’s central bank and financial regulator. (Payment Services Act 2019, No. 2 of 2019 (Jan. 14, 2019, assented to by the President […]
    • Contributor: Zhang, Laney
    • Date: 2019-04-17
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    Singapore: Bans on Two Clerics and Certain Books (Nov. 9, 2017) It was reported on October 30, 2017, that Singapore has banned two foreign Islamic religious leaders from preaching during cruises and has prohibited the circulation of four foreign books in the country. The Islamic clerics have been denied permission to enter Singapore for the purpose of joining religiously themed sea cruises scheduled […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2017-11-09
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    Singapore: Teenage Blogger Sentenced to Jail Time (Oct. 5, 2016) It was reported on September 30, 2016, that a 17-year-old blogger in Singapore was sentenced to six weeks in jail on charges of “wounding religious feelings” after he “pleaded guilty to posting comments on the Internet criticizing Christianity and Islam.” (Emelina Perez, Singapore Court Jails Teen Blogger, PAPER CHASE (Sept. 30, 2016).) […]
    • Contributor: Zeldin, Wendy
    • Date: 2016-10-05
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    Singapore/Sri Lanka: Development Agreement Signed (July 26, 2016) On July 18, 2016, Singapore and Sri Lanka concluded a Memorandum of Understanding on investment by Singaporean businesses in Sri Lanka. The pact was signed by International Enterprise (IE) Singapore, a government agency, and the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development of Sri Lanka; it is the first MOU signed between Sri […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2016-07-26
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    Singapore: Cross-Border Car Sharing Restricted (June 22, 2016) On June 20, 2016, Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) announced that paid car-sharing services are not permitted to take fares across the border into neighboring Malaysia. That border crossing is considered the busiest in the world, with up to 400,000 people using it each day. (Linette Lim, Paid Cross-Border Car-Pooling Services Are […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2016-06-22
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    Singapore: Participation in G20 Tax Avoidance Prevention Plan (June 22, 2016) On June 16, 2016, Singapore announced that it will participate in a tax avoidance prevention plan approved by Group of Twenty (G20) nations that was originally developed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). (Marius Zaharia, Singapore to Join G20 Plan Against Tax Avoidance, JAKARTA GLOBE (June 16, 2016).) A […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2016-06-22
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    Indonesia; Singapore: Maritime Border Pact Signed (Sept. 11, 2014) On September 3, 2014, Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong witnessed the signing of the Treaty Between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of Singapore Relating to the Delimitation of the Territorial Seas of the Two Countries in the Eastern Part of the Strait of […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2014-09-11
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    Singapore: Guidance on Taxation of Property Developers Issued (Mar. 11, 2013) On March 6, 2013, the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) released information on the taxation of property developers; the information was in the form of an e-Tax Guide. (IRAS E-TAX GUIDE: INCOME TAX: TAXATION OF PROPERTY DEVELOPERS, IRAS website (Mar. 6, 2013); Daljit Kaur, Singapore: Taxation of Property Developers – Details, […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2013-03-11
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    Singapore: Challenge to Law on Homosexuality Permitted (Aug. 27, 2012) In an August 21, 2012, decision, the Court of Appeal of Singapore ruled that a constitutional challenge, lodged against the Penal Code provision criminalizing male homosexuality, can go forward. (Tan Eng Hong v Attorney-General, 2012 SGCA 45, available from THE JURIST.) The ruling states that no decision was made on the merits […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2012-08-27
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    Singapore: Tax Rule Clarified (June 5, 2012) Under Singapore's 2012 budget, company income gained by the sale of some equity investments, as of the beginning of June 2012, will not be subject to taxation. (Daljit Kaur, Singapore: Budget 2012: Non-Taxation of Gains from Equity Investments – Details (June 1, 2012), IBFD TAX RESEARCH PLATFORM, online subscription database.) The budget […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2012-06-05
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    Indonesia; Singapore: Airspace over Islands to Revert to Indonesia (May 22, 2012) On May 16, 2012, an official from Singapore, Raj Kumar, stated that control of the airspace above the Indonesian Riau Islands could revert to Indonesia. Singapore has controlled that airspace since 1946, and Indonesia has been actively seeking to gain control since 1993. Kumar stated of the possible transfer of authority that […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2012-05-22
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    Singapore: Stamp Duty on Some Property Sales (Feb. 25, 2010) On February 19, 2010, Singapore's Inland Revenue Authority issued a tax guide in electronic form on the imposition of a stamp duty on the seller of certain residential properties. The duty is to be paid only by those persons who sell properties that have been acquired on or after February 20, 2010, […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2010-02-25
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    Singapore: Two Bills Passed Amending Income Tax Act (Dec. 9, 2009) The Parliament of Singapore passed the Income Tax (Amendment) (Exchange of Information) [EOI] Bill 2009 on October 19, 2009, and the Income Tax (Amendment) Bill 2009 on November 23, 2009. (Bill texts, Parliament of Singapore website, http://www.parliament.gov.sg/Publications/090018.pdf & http://www.parliament.gov.sg/Publications/090017.pdf, respectively (last visited Dec. 8, 2009).) The EOI bill provides for Singapore's implementation […]
    • Contributor: Zeldin, Wendy
    • Date: 2009-12-09
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    China; Singapore: Cooperation Agreements Signed and Double Taxation Agreement Amended (Sept. 16, 2009) The People's Republic of China (PRC) and Singapore signed two memoranda of understanding (MOU) on August 24, 2009. The two MOUs, on scientific and technological cooperation and on enhanced exchanges of civil servants for purposes of study visits, were inked during four days of high-level talks held in Singapore between the two […]
    • Contributor: Zeldin, Wendy
    • Date: 2009-09-16
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    Singapore: Human Organ Transplant Act Amended (Apr. 15, 2009) On March 24, 2009, Singapore's Parliament adopted a controversial amendment to the Human Organ Transplant Law that will permit reimbursement for altruistic living organ donations. The United States and the United Kingdom, among other countries, already have in place schemes for reimbursement. (Pearl Forss, S'pore to Allow Reimbursement for Altruistic Living Organ […]
    • Contributor: Zeldin, Wendy
    • Date: 2009-04-15
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    Malaysia; Singapore: Court Rules in Maritime Dispute (June 2, 2008) In a May 23, 2008, ruling of the International Court of Justice, Singapore has been accorded sovereignty over an island in the Straits of Singapore. The island, often called Pedra Branca but known in Malaysia as Pulau Batu Puteh, has a lighthouse and was the subject of a dispute between Singapore and […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2008-06-02