Singapore morning news for January 30

Singapore morning news for January 30

Singapore morning news

Singaporeans blast MOH for “covering up” HIV registry leak for years
Outraged Singaporeans have blasted the Ministry of Health (MOH) for keeping silent about the leak of confidential information from the HIV registry for years, until the information was disclosed online by a foreigner.
— The Independent sg

SIA to fuel in-house innovations with launch of KrisLab
IMMERSIVE in-flight entertainment headsets, an augmented reality colouring mobile application and a mobile service that notifies travellers abroad about nearby events and deals – these are some of the innovations brewing over at Singapore Airlines’ (SIA) newly-launched innovation lab, KrisLab.
— The Business Times

Changi Airport handles 65.6m passengers in 2018; traffic increase across all markets
Changi Airport handled 65.6 million passengers in 2018, a 5.5 per cent increase from 2017.
— Straits Times

SIA opens lab to promote digital innovation
Singapore Airlines (SIA) officially opened its digital innovation lab KrisLab yesterday, assuring its customers that the push for innovation and smart solutions will not be at their expense.
— Straits Times

MOH knew about HIV registry leak 2.5 years ago but only informs public now
Yesterday (28 Jan), Ministry of Health (MOH) announced that confidential information from its database, regarding 14,200 individuals diagnosed with HIV up to January 2013, and 2,400 of their contacts, has been leaked.
— The Online Citizen

Global ransomware attack could cost businesses almost $200b: Report
A major cyber attack that demands ransom payments from victims could cost US$193 billion and affect more than 600,000 businesses worldwide.
— Straits Times

How to fund rising fiscal spending?
AS FINANCE Minister Heng Swee Keat prepares to present this year’s Budget on Feb 18, all eyes are now turning to how he plans to pay for it.
— The Business Times

Lim Tean : ‘Gan Kim Yong is the ‘most incompetent Health Minister in Singapore’s history’
After news of the online leak of the confidential information of 14,200 HIV-positive people, lawyer and politician Lim Tean had harsh words for Health Minister Gan Kim Yong on a Facebook post on Monday night, January 28, 2019.
— The Independent

Chew Eng Han slapped with additional jail term for trying to flee Singapore
Former City Harvest Church leader Chew Eng Han was given an additional jail term of 13 months on Tuesday (Jan 29) for trying to flee Singapore and attempting to defeat justice.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Ex-insurance agent jailed for sending threatening messages to clients who cancelled policies
Identifying himself as fictional characters such as Lord Voldemort, a disgruntled insurance agent sent anonymous threatening messages to some of his clients after they cancelled policies they had bought from him.
— Straits Times

Singapore remains most liveable city for Asian expats
Singapore is the most liveable city for Asian expats for the 14th year in a row, according to a new survey.
— Straits Times

PUB, NEA trial method of using waste water sludge and food waste to generate more energy
A new method of using both waste water sludge and food waste to generate biogas will be implemented at Tuas Nexus plant when it opens in 2025.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Another SingPost blunder: Unopened letters dumped in trash at Ang Mo Kio
SingPost has been on the hot seat recently with many customers expressing their frustration towards postmen being too quick to leave delivery notices without making an effort to check if the recipient was home.
— The Independent

SK Jewellery reviewing crypto plans as Bizkey deal expires
SK Jewellery Group said on Tuesday that it is “evaluating its plans” to integrate the acceptance of crypto currencies at its outlets, following the expiration of its memorandum of understanding (MOU) with blockchain-based point-of-sales (POS) systems provider Bizkey on Jan 27.
— The Business Times

Bleak earnings, trade tensions weigh on STI
Disappointing corporate earnings and renewed trade tensions left investors on edge from the word go yesterday.
— Straits Times

Singapore warns against crypto scam
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) today warned members of the public not to be misled by fraudulent websites that solicit investments in cryptocurrencies using fabricated information attributed to the Singapore Government.
— The Star Online

Fintech firms globally pulled in record $53.5b in funding in 2018, up 120%: Study
Venture capital-backed financial technology (fintech) companies raised a record US$39.57 billion (S$53.54 billion) from investors globally in 2018, up 120 per cent from the previous year, according to research by data provider CB Insights published on Tuesday (Jan 29).
— Straits Times

S’pore 3rd most corrupt-free country in the world in 2018
Singapore has emerged as the third most corrupt-free country in the world in 2018.

Singapore SMEs slow on digital adoption and cyber protection: survey
SINGAPORE’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are slow to take up cyber protection measures, digital payment offerings and government support for digitalisation despite high rates of awareness, according to a survey by QBE Insurance.
— The Business Times

Develop human capital to engage staff
Bosses should make the effort to engage employees to talk about their career plans, amid worries about how technology is disrupting businesses and changing jobs.
— Straits Times

Farquhar, not Raffles, the real hero of early modern Singapore, says new bicentennial book
The person who did the most for the success of Singapore in the crucial first four years of the arrival of the British was not Sir Stamford Raffles but Major William Farquhar.
— Straits Times

“The answer against a bad elected government is to vote it out of office” – Lee Kuan Yew’s 1969 letter to veteran architect goes viral
Veteran architect Tay Kheng Soon revealed today that founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew wrote to him that “The answer against a bad elected government is to vote it out of office,” in a letter back in 1969.
— The Independent

Video-conferencing service helps social service clients reach agencies
To save clients with multiple needs the hassle of travelling between different agencies, the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) is providing video-conferencing services at two Social Service Offices (SSO) to connect individuals with the agencies they need to speak to.
— Straits Times

Activist Sangeetha Thanapal issued stern warning for Facebook post that promotes ill will between races
Activist Sangeetha Thanapal, known here for coining the term Chinese privilege, has been given a stern warning by the police over a Facebook post that promotes feelings of ill-will and hostility between races .
— Straits Times

5 arrested, nearly 1kg of heroin seized in CNB operation
Five men have been arrested and nearly 1kg of heroin seized after a Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) operation on Monday (Jan 28).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Raffles United sells unit at Citimac Industrial Complex for $6.1m as part of collective sale
Raffles United Holdings announced on Tuesday (Jan 29) that it has signed the transfer documents for its investment property – a unit at Citimac Industrial Complex – for gross proceeds of $6.1 million, as part of a collective sale.
— Straits Times

Checkpoint Theatre presents Still Life, a look at life and art through the works of Dana Lam
Checkpoint Theatre is kicking of their 2019 season with a tender and lyrical look at life and art-making through the eyes, words and works of artist-writer Dana Lam.
— The Online Citizen

Singapore ranked most liveable city for Asian expats for 14th straight year
SINGAPORE is the most liveable city for Asian expats for the 14th year in a row, according to a survey by human resources consultancy ECA International.
— The Business Times

Against Section 14 of Government Proceeding Act
In view of the 9 deaths of National Servicemen in last 1.5 years, it pains me that no one in the government or MINDEF take full responsibility.
— The Online Citizen

In Budget 2019, government could take bigger share of risk to support SMEs: DBS economist
IN the upcoming Singapore Budget 2019, more help could be given to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to access policy assistance schemes as well as to support firms venturing into the Asean region, according to the second report from a three-part series from DBS.
— The Business Times

SIA launches workspace for employees to develop digital ideas and solutions
In its push to embrace digitalisation, Singapore Airlines (SIA) is tapping ideas from employees on how the company can adopt innovation solutions.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Elderly Singaporean decries $482 monthly CPF payouts over an “illogical” period of 28 years
An elderly Singaporean has decried the $482 monthly retirement sum the Central Provident Fund (CPF) Board has allegedly said it will give him from his CPF savings over the next 28 years.
— The Independent

Singapore again tops ranking of most liveable city for Asian expats, Hong Kong slides lower
Singapore is the most liveable city for Asian expats for the 14th year in a row, according to a survey by human resources consultancy ECA International.
— Straits Times

Fortune Real Estate Investment Trust Increases Its 2018 Distribution per Unit on the Back of Record Gross Revenue
Fortune Real Estate Investment Trust is a real estate investment trust (REIT) with a portfolio of 16 retail properties in Hong Kong.
— The Motley Fool

Will the traffic police do anything about this problematic junction?
On Monday (28 January), a man by the name Collins Voo uploaded a rather disturbing video of him driving at a junction on a Facebook group called SG Road Vigilante.
— The Online Citizen

17 men arrested for smuggling duty-unpaid cigarettes
17 men, aged between 22 and 48, were arrested by the Police Coast Guard (PCG) and Singapore Customs for their suspected involvement in smuggling duty-unpaid cigarettes.
— The Online Citizen

Aloysius Pang’s ashes scattered at sea, parents say: He is liberated now
The ashes of Aloysius Pang were scattered at on the afternoon of January 28, Monday. His manager, Dasmond Koh, posted this on both Facebook and Instagram, saying that his parents wish to convey that their son “is liberated now.”
— The Independent

NEA lifts suspension on Mandarin Orchard premises after norovirus outbreak concerns addressed
NEA said that it is satisfied that the hotel has implemented the measures required to rectify lapses that were detected in joint investigations by the authorities.
— Straits Times

Dr. Balakrishnan explains why identity of SingHealth attackers was never revealed
At the Singapore Perspectives conference at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Singapore’s Foreign Minister Vivian Balaksrishnan said that the identity of the masterminds behind the SingHealth cyberattack has remained undisclosed due to a decision made by the authorities, who believe revealing who they are would not make “our system more secure or be helpful to us.”
— The Independent


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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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