SINGAPORE: The Law Society (LawSoc) on Thursday (Aug 13) sought to have veteran lawyer Lee Suet Fern struck off the roll for professional misconduct over the handling of Singapore's founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew's final will. Mrs Lee, the wife of Lee Kuan Yew's son Lee Hsien Yang, has been a lawyer for more than 37 years and is listed online as a director at Morgan Lewis Stamford. Mrs Lee's lawyers, Senior Counsels Kenneth Tan and former Attorney-General Walter Woon, urged the court to dismiss all the charges against her, arguing that Lee Kuan Yew knew what he was doing. The Court of Three Judges, the highest disciplinary body dealing with lawyers' misconduct, heard arguments from both sides for five hours on Thursday before reserving judgment. The decision will be released at a later date. The disciplinary tribunal had earlier found Mrs Lee guilty of two charges of grossly improper conduct as a lawyer. These are: By failing to advance Lee Kuan Yew's interests by … [Read more...] about Law Society seeks to disbar Lee Suet Fern over Lee Kuan Yew’s will, defence asks for charges to be dismissed
SINGAPORE: The Law Society of Singapore (LawSoc) said on Friday (May 24) that it has taken control of funds held by law firm JLC Advisors, after its managing director Jeffrey Ong went missing along with S$33 million belonging to engineering firm Allied Technologies. All monies held by JLC, including monies held by JLC on behalf of its clients or third parties, is now under the control of LawSoc, it said. The move is in accordance with LawSoc's statutory power of intervention under the First Schedule of the Legal Profession Act. READ: Engineering firm to file police report after S$33 million and lawyer go missing LawSoc did so "in furtherance of its duty to protect and safeguard the interests of clients and third parties", it said in a joint statement with Singapore Exchange Regulation (SGXRegCo). It said that credible information was given to the society on May 21 about the conduct of Mr Ong, which gave its council "reason to suspect dishonesty on the part of Ong". … [Read more...] about Law Society takes control of law firm’s funds after S$33 million and lawyer go missing
Alejandro Gonzalez-Rendon just wanted a burger and fries. But when he got to the counter at A&W, the cashier told him she couldn’t accept his cash. It was company policy to reduce the risk of COVID-19. Gonzalez-Rendon says he tried to argue that there was no evidence of COVID-19 transmission through coins or bills, but he ultimately left empty-handed. “I didn’t have much of an option,” he said. “All I had was cash.” Gonzalez-Rendon, who suffers from a serious lung condition and lives off a monthly disability cheque of less than $1,000, doesn’t have a credit card and prefers to pay with cash to avoid his bank’s transaction fees. “It also helps me stick to my budget.” The 45-year-old Torontonian is among those who feel left out by the increasing trend toward a more cashless economy, which has been accelerated by the pandemic. Canada was already among the most cashless countries in the world before the pandemic dramatically altered spending. Now, two-thirds of Canadians … [Read more...] about Who is left behind in a cashless society?
SINGAPORE: A review on women’s issues in Singapore will look more closely at how gender equality can be more deeply ingrained in Singapore society, so as to tackle the roots of behaviour that lead to sexual offences, said Minister for Law and for Home Affairs K Shanmugam. In CNA's Heart of the Matter podcast that was published on Thursday (Sep 24), Mr Shanmugam was asked about controversies regarding recent high-profile sexual offence cases. He said stricter laws and heavier penalties are only one side of the issue. "I can change the laws and make them stiffer, I have already have done so with Parliament's approval. But that's only one aspect, there is something more fundamental. What if we actually got young boys and girls thinking differently about equality, accepting equality as a fundamental principle?” he said during the interview on Wednesday. "I felt that there was room, and my Cabinet colleagues felt that there was room, to try and engender a different spirit … [Read more...] about Review on women’s issues goes beyond the law, aims to ‘deeply ingrain’ gender equality in society: Shanmugam
SINGAPORE : Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat on Friday (Feb 28) reiterated the need for Singapore to raise its goods and services tax (GST), saying it is the "responsible way". "The GST remains the responsible way for everyone to meet society's future needs," said Mr Heng, who is also Finance Minister, as he wrapped up the Budget debate in Parliament. READ: Budget 2020: GST to remain at 7% in 2021; S$6 billion package when it rises While the GST will not be raised in 2021 , there are plans to raise it in the future. In his speech, Mr Heng explained the "rationale, and the hard choices and trade-offs that we have to make". “Nobody likes taxes, not even ministers for finance. As a Government, our approach is to tax lightly so that people can keep most of what they earn, and so that they can decide how best to spend it for themselves and for their families,” he said. However, there are many critical national needs that are better met by Government provision, … [Read more...] about GST responsible way for all to meet society’s future needs: Heng Swee Keat