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林鼎因涉嫌挪用客户资金及跟踪前雇员被捕

Oct 02, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership

反对党政客兼律师林鼎已被警方逮捕,目前正在接受商业事务部的调查。

10月2日,林鼎的律师同事M Ravi在Facebook上发布了他被捕的消息。

Ravi写道,林鼎在和梁实轩一起准备他的案子,这时民政部官员“闯进”办公室逮捕了林鼎。

据Ravi说,当林鼎被戴上手铐时他抗议逮捕是出于“政治动机”。Ravi补充说,林鼎本人已指示他担任其律师。

林鼎代表梁实轩处理李显龙总理对梁实轩提起的诽谤诉讼。

李显龙总理定于10月6日至9日在高等法院出庭受审。

警方拒绝接受政治动机调查的指控

警方在一份声明中证实,林鼎因涉嫌违反《刑法》第409条的刑事失信罪而被捕。

他还因涉嫌违反《防止骚扰法令》第7(1)条的非法跟踪罪而接受调查。

警方还表示,9月28日,林鼎拒绝在警察营地接受强制面谈。

以下是警方的完整声明:

林鼎先生于2020年10月2日因涉嫌违反《刑法》第409条规定的刑事失信罪被捕。他还因涉嫌违反《防止骚扰法令》第7(1)条非法跟踪罪而接受调查。

关于刑事失信罪行,林鼎先生前客户(林鼎先生曾在一场机动车伤害诉讼中为其辩护)的律师向警方提交了一份报告。这位前客户指控林鼎挪用了法院判给他的一笔赔偿金。

关于非法跟踪罪行,林鼎先生的前雇员向警方提交了一份报告,声称她在林鼎先生的律师事务所工作时曾受其骚扰。这名雇员还让警方看了她和林鼎先生之间的短信。

警方于2020年9月23日联系了林鼎先生,并根据《刑事诉讼法》第21(1)条向其发出了书面通知,要求他于2020年9月28日在警察营地接受一次强制面谈,以协助对两项涉嫌罪行的调查。林鼎先生还被告知,他可以按其意愿重新安排面谈时间。然而,林鼎先生在2020年9月27日通过其律师回复,他无意接受警方的任何面谈。他还毫无根据地指控对其调查是出于政治动机。

如果警方披露的初步证据表明了进一步调查的基础依据,警方有责任调查其所做的报告。被要求接受警方面谈的人员必须遵守。

由于林鼎先生没有配合参加警方面谈,并明确表示他无意遵从通知,警方别无选择,只有逮捕林鼎先生以进行调查。如果林鼎先生当初遵照警方的通知来面谈的话,就没有必要对其进行逮捕。

警方拒绝接受林鼎先生关于调查是出于政治动机的指控。控告林鼎先生的受害者已向警方提交报告,指控其对他们犯下了严重的罪行,警方有责任调查这些指控。

顶图来源:M Ravi的Facebook。


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Talent shortage in Singapore with 8 in 10 employers reporting difficulty in filling roles

Jun 15, 2022 | 🚀 Fathership

In ManpowerGroup Singapore's Q2 Employment Outlook Survey, the company revealed positive sentiments regarding pay increments and bonuses. In the latest edition of this report, for Q3, the sentiments have shifted towards hiring between the July to September 2022 period - labelled as "a record high" in the report.

In brief, Singapore’s net employment outlook (NEO) is at +40%, with the previous "record high" being in Q4 2011 at +31%. Further, employers surveyed in all 11 sectors (i.e. communications & media, manufacturing, and construction) anticipate positive headcount growth in Q3, with not-for-profit employers reporting "strongest" hiring intentions at 67%.

Despite the optimistic outlook, Singapore’s talent shortage level has been found to be at "its highest in 16 years", with more than eight in 10 (84%) employers reporting difficulty in filling roles. This statistic represented a 20% increase from 2021. Prior to that, talent shortage levels were quite high in 2018 at 56%, and in 2010 at 53%. According to the findings, the most difficult-to-fill roles are in restaurants & hotels (97%), other services (89%), and construction (88%).

That said, the "most sought-after" professions are: IT & data, operation & logistics, sales & marketing, manufacturing & production, and customer facing & front office. On top of that, employers are also looking at soft skills such as critical thinking & analysis, creativity & originality, resilience & adaptability, leadership & social influence, and reasoning & problem solving.

"The shift from pandemic to endemic has given companies greater clarity on their business outlooks," explained Linda Teo, Country Manager, ManpowerGroup Singapore. "Employers are ramping up their hiring due to a combination of factors like pent-up demand for manpower, employee attrition, and shortage of workers with the right skillsets."

Dissecting the local numbers

Filtering Singapore's NEO figure, analysts discovered that:

  • More than half (52%) of employers plan to hire;
  • More than one in 10 (12%) of employers expect a staffing decrease;
  • Close to four in 10 (35%) of employers plan to keep workforce levels steady, and
  • Less than five in 10 (2%) of employers are undecided about the hiring/talent scene.

In addition to not-for-profit employers having strong hiring intentions, those in other services (professional, scientific & technical, and administrative & support) similarly have positive intentions at 59%. These employers are then followed by those in banking, finance, insurance & real estate (56%), wholesale & retail trade (50%), and restaurants & hotels (46%).

A global perspective

Of the more than 40,000 employers surveyed across the globe, many are likewise expecting to hire more workers in the Q3 2022. According to findings, the global NEO is at +33% - which revealed hiring intentions to "increase year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter" respectively at +18% and +4%. In terms of per country/territory data, Mexico ranks top with a +59% NEO, while India has a +51%; Mainland China +29%, and Hong Kong +11%.

India's NEO is the strongest in the APAC region for the second consecutive quarter, up 13% since Q2. As for Hong Kong's NEO, it improved by 8% compared to Q2 2022, and by 10% compared to the previous year.

Looking at the hiring/talent scene, analysts discovered that digital roles continue to drive "most demand" with employers in IT & technology (+44%). This is followed by those in banking, finance, insurance & real estate (+38%), construction (33%), and manufacturing (33%).