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Parliament to discuss drone laws, third-party taxi booking services
Parliament meets on Monday and two proposed laws on the use of drones in Singapore and third-party taxi booking services like GrabTaxi will be debated. They set out, for the first time, guidelines, restrictions and fines on the use of unmanned aerial vehicles and taxi-calling apps such as Uber, Hailo and GrabTaxi. MPs have also filed questions on a number of issues, including the SkillsFuture programme, Singaporeans buying property in Iskandar Malaysia and transport operator SMRT collaborating on a bid for Singapore’s fourth telco licence.
Umno Supreme Council to meet after trying week
Embattled Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak will chair an Umno Supreme Council meeting after a bruising week where senior officials in his ruling party questioned a controversial deal between debt-laden 1MDB and the pilgrimage fund Tabung Haji. Datuk Seri Najib will also speak at Umno's 69th anniversary celebration in the evening, a day after taking the gloves off in his battle against predecessor Tun Mahathir Mohamad, accusing the long-serving former premier of forgetting the support the ruling party gave the latter to ensure he stayed in power for a record 22 years. - ASRUL HADI ABDULLAH SANI
EU to table plan for military campaign on Libya targets to tackle migrant crisis
European Union (EU) foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini is set today to present a plan to the United Nations (UN) Security Council that would see the UN lead military operations against people smugglers in Libya’s territorial waters. A Guardian report on Sunday said the EU had drawn up the plans for military attacks in Libya to try to curb the influx of migrants across the Mediterranean and target the human trafficking networks. As part of the move, Ms Mogherini will table a “chapter seven” resolution authorising the use of force.
More than 5,000 refugees have died over the past 18 months as boats operated by smugglers have capsized off Libya’s coast, triggering alarm among European leaders seeking to halt the flow. - IDAYU SUPARTO
Eurozone finance ministers to discuss Greece cash-for-reform deal
Eurozone finance ministers will meet today to discuss the ongoing negotiations for a cash-for-reform deal between Athens and its creditors. Greece has been squeezing funds from its central and local governments to be able to meet its international loan payments, with concerns that within a matter of weeks it could default and face a messy exit from the euro. Hopes, however, are not high that today's meeting will produce a final agreement on a loan deal for the cash-strapped country as European officials have played down the likelihood of a deal. - IDAYU SUPARTO