Singapore morning news for April 3

Singapore morning news for April 3

Singapore morning news

Singapore authorities to continue investigation of key Midas personnel amid winding-up woes
Singapore’s authorities say they will continue their investigation into Midas Holdings’ former directors and officers in the event that the insolvent company winds up.
— The Edge Singapore

All you need to know about Singapore’s proposed fake news law
After two years spent studying the threat of fake news, the Republic is taking things a step further with the introduction of sweeping new laws that will, among other things, give Government ministers broad powers to quickly stop the dissemination of online falsehoods and punish those who create and spread them.
— Today Online

Bold solutions needed for Singapore to be more self-sufficient in food
THE ongoing drive to ramp up the agri-technology sector builds on earlier agency efforts, but the government’s goal of raising local food production still calls for bold solutions, industry experts said.
— The Business Times

930,000 HDB households to get GST Voucher rebate
About 930,000 Singaporean households living in Housing Board flats will each receive a GST Voucher to offset part of their utility bills this month.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore’s fake news bill poses ‘risks to freedom of speech’
Singapore’s submission of wide-ranging fake news legislation in parliament has stoked fears from internet firms and human-rights groups that it may give the government too much power and hinder freedom of speech.
— AL Jazeera

Singapore gets its first ‘zero energy’ new building
An inventive new building designed to consume only as much energy as it produces has opened its doors in Singapore.

Singaporeans urge Lee Hsien Yang to “rescue” his son by contesting the next GE with the opposition
Several Singaporeans responding to the latest development in the contempt of court case against Li Shengwu have asked Shengwu’s father, Lee Hsien Yang, to “rescue” his son by contesting the next General Election (GE) as an opposition candidate and defeating the ruling party.
— The Independent

Planning tool launched to guide firms in Industry 4.0 transformation
COMPANIES unsure of how to embark on their Industry 4.0 transformations now have a clearer guide in the form of a Prioritisation Matrix planning tool developed by the Economic Development Board and its knowledge partners.
— The Business Times

NTU, NUS launch PhD exchange programme
PhD students at Singapore’s top two universities will be able to go on exchanges between them under a programme announced yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

66% of REACH survey respondents were OK for sensitive performance to be performed with specific rules in place
Lots of articles on Straits Times, Channel NewsAsia, TODAY, proclaiming that 2 in 3 Singaporeans support the Watain ban, as proven by (but of course!) a REACH survey.
— The Online Citizen

Singapore’s maritime sector to tap on digitialisation for growth
Singapore’s maritime sector is preparing to ride the wave of digitalisation as a means to further growth and navigate choppy waters, industry professionals said on Tuesday (Apr 2).
— CNA (very annoying popups)

Heartbroken netizens urge CGH to promptly pay the parents of late cancer-patient who claimed medical negligence and won
Heartbroken netizens have urged Changi General Hospital to make restitution to the parents of 39-year-old Ms Noor Azlin Abdul Rahman, the person who took CGH to the apex court for medical negligence and won, after she passed away on Sunday before receiving payment from the hospital.
— The Independent

Singaporeans seniors will receive letters by end April 2019 informing their eligibility for the Merdeka Generation Package
The Ministry of Finance says that almost 500,000 Merdeka Generation seniors will receive their Welcome Folder and Card starting from late June 2019 and Singaporeans seniors who are eligible for the Merdeka Generation Package, will receive letters by end April 2019, informing them of their eligibility.
— The Online Citizen

96% of Singapore firms hit by cyberattacks in past year; more complex tactics seen: poll
ALMOST all local organisations have encountered a cyberattack in the past year, according to a survey of 250 businesses and other organisations here by cybersecurity firm Carbon Black.
— The Business Times

Anti-drone gun among new security tech shown at exhibition
Trawling the Web for information on potential criminal suspects could take investigators hours, but profiling software by BLER Systems can do it in a matter of minutes, said its creators.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Racial and religious prejudice in any form must be prevented, says Shanmugam
To curb hate speech, preserve racial and religious harmony, and sustain Singapore’s diversity, Home Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam emphasized the government’s single-minded position against acts that spread, inflame, encourage or rationalise ethnic disgust and other forms of loathing based on prejudice and fanaticism.
— The Independent

If Heng Swee Keat is correct that some Singaporeans have racial prejudices, is the PAP at least partly to blame?
by Sudhir Thomas Vadaketh Singapore’s politicians proved yesterday that they do indeed, contrary to popular belief, have a wicked sense of humour.
— The Online Citizen

Singapore Airlines grounds two 787-10s over engine problem
Singapore Airlines Ltd said on Tuesday it had grounded two Boeing Co 787-10 jets fitted with Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc Trent 1000 TEN engines after checks of its fleet found premature blade deterioration.
— Bangkok Post

No ban on things just because some find them offensive: Shanmugam
People may find many things offensive, but that does not mean the Government will ban all of them, Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam said yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Facebook, Internet firms concerned over Singapore’s draft laws to tackle fake news
Facebook and an industry group representing Internet and technology giants have expressed concerns over the proposed laws targeting fake news.
— Today Online

Law Minister apologises to Bertha Henson for wrong attribution
On Monday (1 April), Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam delivered his ministerial statement on hate speech in Parliament where he talked about a variety of issues including the last minute cancellation of the Swedish metal band Watain’s concert.
— The Online Citizen

Singapore firms point to ransomware as most common attack mode
Some 96 percent of Singapore companies admitted to experiencing a security breach in the past year, of which 28 percent said ransomware was the most frequently used attack mode.
— ZD Net

Don’t chicken out of Japfa over broiler price declines, says Maybank
Maybank Kim Eng is maintaining “buy” on Japfa with an unchanged price target of $1.05 despite recent declines in Indonesian poultry stocks, due to market fears of oversupply after broiler prices declined further in March.
— The Edge Singapore

Singapore to Dramatically Upgrade Its Supercomputing Capacity
Singapore’s National Supercomputing Centre (NSCC) is poised to boost its supercomputing power by an order of magnitude. In December 2016, the NSCC launched its Advanced Supercomputer for Petascale Innovation Research and Enterprise (ASPIRE 1), bringing Singapore into the petascale era.
— HPC Wire

Observers call for greater checks and balances in empowering government leaders to correct what is false
Following the tabling of the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill in Parliament on Monday (April 1), academics and advocates of free speech have raised concerns that it could dampen public discourse.
— Today Online

Singapore Is the Latest Country to Propose Tough Legislation Against Fake News
Singaporean lawmakers introduced legislation Monday to combat fake news through holding social media sites responsible for content the government deems false.

Singapore isn’t waiting for Facebook to crack down on fake news
Singapore plans to introduce tough new laws to hold online outlets accountable for the spread of fake news, joining countries around the world in putting pressure on companies like Facebook Inc. to address the issue.
— The Edge Singapore

Government to make initial decisions on falsehoods, courts are the ‘final arbiters’: Shanmugam
The Government will not decide on what is true and not true and the final decision will be left to the courts, Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam said on Tuesday (Apr 2).
— CNA (very annoying popups)

Hyflux’s Shocking Fall Adds to the Roster of Singapore Business Stumbles
Hyflux Ltd. will put its debt restructuring plan to vote this week, leaving its fate in the hands of unsecured creditors. Whatever the outcome, it will mark another entry in the list of fallen Singapore companies.
— Bloomberg

Disciplinary rulings for doctors can be ‘too draconian’ or ‘too lax’: Gan Kim Yong
Acknowledging the flaws of the present disciplinary system for doctors here, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong on Monday (April 1) said that the rulings of some disciplinary tribunals have swung between being “too lax” and “too draconian”.
— Today Online

Singapore carrier grounds two Boeing jets over engine problem
Singapore Airlines said Tuesday it had grounded two of its Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner aircraft after discovering an engine defect during inspections, the latest problem for the US planemaker.
— Yahoo New Sg

US-based Eagle Hospitality Trust swoops in on Singapore listing
Singapore could soon see the listing of its very first US hospitality pure-play real estate investment trust (REIT).
— The Edge Singapore

Complaints of Causeway, Second Link congestion as S’pore bans foreign vehicles with outstanding fines: Report
Motorists complained of long queues on the Causeway and Tuas Second Link after Singapore started its ban on foreign vehicles with outstanding fines on Monday (Apr 1), The Star Online reported.
— CNA (very annoying popups)

Netizen horrified by dark smudges found on walls of HDB flat
The dark smudges found on the wall of a Singaporean tenant’s HDB flat less than a month ago was caused by water. After filing a report, HDB confirmed that there was mould. HDB added that they will arrange for the walls to be replaced “on a goodwill basis” if necessary.
— The Independent

930,000 Singaporean HDB households to receive next instalment of the GST Voucher – Utilities-Save in April
In a press release on Tuesday (2 April), the Ministry of Finance (MOF) shared that about 930,000 Singaporean HDB households will receive the next instalment of the GST Voucher – Utilities-Save (U-Save) in April 2019 of up to $100, depending on their HDB flat type.
— The Online Citizen

More showers and warm days expected in the next two weeks
Expect more rainy and warm days in the first two weeks of April, says the Meteorological Service Singapore (MSS).
— Today Online

Singapore sets up committee to review public sector data security, but stands firm on PDPA exemption
Singapore has assembled a committee to review data security practices in the public sector, following a spate of breaches involving government entities, but it remains firm on its decision to exclude such organisations from the country’s Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA).
— ZD Net

Heavy rain does little to replenish dry lakes at Botanic Gardens
The recent heavy rain was a welcome respite for many as the week began, but the lakes at the Botanic Gardens remained dry yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore publisher alliance adds seven new partners to ramp up programmatic efforts
The Singapore Media Exchange (SMX) has added seven media publishers and marketplace owners to its stable as it looks to open up its programmatic offering.
— The DRUM

To make a claim based solely on unscientific observations is not acceptable for an individual selected to be the next Prime Minister
I am writing in to highlight certain comments made by Minister Heng Swee Keat last week at NTU.
— The Online Citizen

Internet trade body, Facebook ‘concerned’ over proposed law targeting online falsehoods
The Asia Internet Coalition says the law gives the Singapore Government full discretion over what is considered true or false, and “this level of overreach poses significant risks to freedom of expression and speech”.
— CNA (very annoying popups)

UOB, OCBC to benefit from mortgage rate hikes this year, says DBS
DBS Vickers Securities is remaining bullish on Singapore’s banks as a dividend yield play, while highlighting rising mortgage rates as the sector’s bright spot amid higher cost of funds this year.
— The Edge Singapore

In ‘public interest’ to reveal criminal history of driver who took PM Lee’s son for a ride: Shanmugam
It was in the public interest for the police to reveal the criminal history of the man who last month took Mr Li Yipeng, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s eldest son, for a ride, Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam wrote in his response to a question in Parliament on Monday (April 1).
— Today Online

MPA, Fujitsu testing technology to reduce risks of ship collision
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and Japanese firm Fujitsu are testing technology that could give ship captains earlier warnings about potential collisions with other vessels.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

The screws are being tightened on social media, under the most sweeping laws
The Singapore government doesn’t do things in small measures. This much we know. The proposed fake news laws, when enacted, will be the most sweeping and far reaching in the world.
— The Online Citizen


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Piseth Pov graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics Science from the Royal University of Law and Economics, Phnom Penh in 2017, and a Bachelor’s degree in English Communications from Western University, Phnom Penh, the same year.

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