You are right. So is the "defamation" "law". But some things just can't be ignored over longer term because they will give bad publicity and have negative impact on the very industry the gov tries to "protect".singapore eagle wrote:I can't see the government rushing to bring new laws in.
The weakness/absence of consumer protection here hasn't come about by chance. It's been a conscious government policy.
All those surveys that have Singapore as the best place in the world to do business have a flip side - weak consumer protection law, weak employment law, etc.
Examples of the changes slowly taking place are the fair trade act, IP protection law and some regulations concerning the RE agents. All, very freshly implemented (mid 2000 and after).
What is the real problem as much as I see it that all these regulations are rather weak on the enforcement side. They appear more like something to show to the international community rather than to really help the individuals.