Singapore morning news for July 1

Singapore morning news for July 1

Singapore morning newsNg Eng Hen confident that technical glitches in F-35 fighter jet ‘will be solved’ before delivery to Singapore
Glitches in the F-35 will be fixed before the stealth fighter jet is delivered to Singapore, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said on Friday (Jun 28).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Electricity tariff to increase on average 6.4% for the period of 1 July to 30 Sept 2019
Electricity tariffs (before 7% GST) will increase by an average of 6.4% or 1.43 cents per kWh compared with the previous quarter for the period from 1 July to 30 September 2019.
— The Online Citizen

Govt restriction on distributing press releases to accredited alternative media – borne out of fear?
Just a fortnight ago, journalist Nicholas Yong of Yahoo! News Singapore shared his experience with receiving the short stick of the end of an “unequal access” to “the most important press releases, speeches and event invites” from government agencies, as a media practitioner from an alternative news outlet.
— The Online Citizen

Secrecy surrounding ISA detainees
There is an air of secrecy surrounding the arrest and detention of people under Singapore’s Internal Security Act (ISA).
— The Online Citizen

Singapore’s crypto exchange Bitrue loses nearly US$5M to hacking attack
Singapore-based cryptocurrency exchange, on Thursday revealed that it lost about US$4.5 million worth of XRP (valued at US$0.488) and US$237,500 in ADA (valued at $0.095) coins following a major hacking attack.
— e27

Lee Hsien Yang turns up at Pink Dot with family while Lee Hsien Loong is missing despite open invitation
Newly married Li Huanwu and his husband Heng Yirui attended 11th Pink Dot Singapore (SG) event along with both their parents today (29 June) in Hong Lim Park.
— The Online Citizen

Changi’s air links nearly double, a decade after creation of CAG
Ten years after a new entity was created to operate Changi Airport, passenger and airline numbers have increased and the Singapore air hub is stronger, with new air links added.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Fintech centre with focus on central banking to open here
The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) will set up an innovation centre in Singapore, in a move that the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) said reflects the Republic’s position as a leading fintech centre.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

5 things you should know about food poisoning
Food poisoning has been in the spotlight in Singapore recently, with a number of high profile cases resulting in mass cases and the closure of some establishments.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Man apologises to CPF Board and decides to get help from loved ones for child’s school fees
Last Wed (26 Jun), a 60-year-old elderly man Lim Koh Leong wrote on his Facebook page that despite having more than enough money in his CPF account to cover his daughter’s education fees, he was not allowed by the CPF Board to use a portion of the funds for his daughter’s education.
— The Online Citizen

For expats, life in Hong Kong is more expensive than in Singapore
The good news is that it is cheaper to live in Singapore than in Hong Kong, if you’re an expat, that is. The bad news is that the little red dot is now the third most expensive place in the world for an expat to live, up one notch from last year.
— The Independent

More than 500 food stalls at hawker centres, coffee shops have adopted e-payments
More than 500 food stalls at 44 hawker centres, coffee shops and industrial canteens have adopted a unified e-payments system, said Enterprise Singapore in a statement on Saturday (Jun 29).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Police share ways to identify fake S$50 and S$100 notes
Police have released a public advisory regarding the spread of counterfeit S$50 and S$100 bills. The fake notes are allegedly being used at restaurants, retail stores, and convenience shops.
— The Independent

Singapore bans bottled water from Malaysia’s Malee Mineral Water after bacteria found
The import of all bottled drinking and mineral water from Malee Mineral Water has been banned with immediate effect after bacteria was detected in recent consignments.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Housing loans extend drop in May but overall lending rises on business loans: MAS data
UNSURPRISINGLY, housing loans in Singapore shrank for the fifth straight month in May. At S$202.54 billion, this is a 13-month low as cooling measures continue to work their way through the property market.
— The Business Times

Singapore to issue up to five new licences to digital banks
SINGAPORE will issue up to five new licences to digital banks and begin taking applications from August, in one of the biggest liberalisation steps taken by the city-state in years.
— The Business Times

New framework aims to better enable data sharing, increase trust in Singapore’s digital economy
The Trusted Data Sharing Framework helps by providing a common language when businesses discuss sharing of data, as well as sample legal templates.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Finance and health ministers have to structure healthcare systems well to maximise benefits: DPM Heng
Finance and health ministers have the responsibility of structuring their healthcare systems well, managing costs, and delivering the best outcomes for every dollar spent, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat said on Friday (Jun 28).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

“Tear down this law”: Pink Dot and Singapore’s LGBTQ community spell out need for Govt to repeal 377A in the wake of PM Lee’s comments — literally
“Please, Prime Minister Lee … Lead us. Tear down this law.”
— The Online Citizen

Frasers Logistics & Industrial Trust Displays Active Capital Management
Investors should feel heartened to see that Frasers Logistics & Industrial Trust (SGX: BUOU) is being proactive in managing its portfolio to maximise value for unitholders.
— The Motley Fool

Bank for International Settlements setting up Singapore innovation hub
THE Bank for International Settlements (BIS) has picked Singapore as one of three sites where they will set up its first wave of innovation hub centres.
— The Business Times

People in Singapore reading more: NLB study
That person staring intently at his tablet on the train may well be reading an e-book, judging by a National Library Board (NLB) survey which showed that e-loans of reading material last year were double that of the previous year.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

New drug to fight eczema
A newly approved first-of-its-kind biologic drug may give hope to patients who are having a hard time bringing their moderate to severe atopic eczema under control.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Like Counter-Strike: Targets at upcoming SAFTI City can return fire, soldiers to get scorecards
The Singapore Armed Forces’ (SAF) newest urban training facility will feature targets that can return fire and retreat, and scorecards to grade soldiers on their performance.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Jalan Buroh fire: Worker in hospital out of high dependency unit, recovering from injuries
A worker who was hospitalised after a massive fire broke out at an LPG facility in Jalan Buroh in Jurong has been moved out of the high dependency unit and is healing from his injuries, said the Migrant Workers’ Centre (MWC) on Saturday (Jun 29).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong reaffirms bilateral relations with partners on sidelines of G20 Summit
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Saturday (Jun 29) reaffirmed bilateral relations with Brazil, Netherlands and India on the sidelines of the G20 Summit that was held in Osaka, Japan over two days.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Former PAP MP Alvin Yeo accused 2nd time of overcharging clients
The Law Society filed an application on Tuesday (25 Jun) for the High Court to review a decision by the disciplinary tribunal (DT) to acquit Senior Counsel Alvin Yeo for overcharging his client.
— The Online Citizen

NSmen to get discounts at hawker stalls, shops for next 2 months
National servicemen (NSmen) will receive discounts at hundreds of hawker stalls, restaurants and shops for the next two months, the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) announced on Saturday (Jun 29).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

S$10,000 SkillsFuture training subsidy launched for eligible SMEs
SINGAPORE companies will be able to get more support in upgrading their workers’ skills from July 1, when each eligible company will be able to tap into a government subsidy, capped at S$10,000, to offset training costs.
— The Business Times

PM Lee expresses hope for Haj quota increase for Singaporeans in meeting with Saudi Crown Prince
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Friday (Jun 28) expressed his hope that more Singaporean Muslims will be allowed to perform the annual haj pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca in a meeting with Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

‘No evidence of community spread’ after 5 foreign workers contract measles: MOH
The Ministry of Health (MOH) is monitoring the situation after five foreign workers contracted measles.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong advocates strengthening of international trading system
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Friday (Jun 28) outlined a series of ways to strengthen multilateral trading systems, suggesting that there are risks in not doing so.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

13th Parliament performance: MPs who asked the most and least questions
As you might already know, Parliament is set to reopen in July. On top of that, the speculation on the ground is that the next general election is likely to happen in September this year.
— The Online Citizen

SMEs to get extra S$10,000 subsidy to help train workers
STARTING July 1, companies in Singapore will be able to get more support to upgrade their workers’ skills with a S$10,000 subsidy under the enhanced Productivity Solutions Grant (PSG) provided by SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG).
— The Business Times

SPP’s Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss says she doesn’t know if she’s running in next GE because uncertainty in electoral map
On her Facebook page, Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss of the Singapore People’s Party recounts her visits to residents at Mountbatten SMC which she started in early 2018 with some colleagues.
— The Online Citizen

NGO crosses borders to get justice for maids
When a foreign domestic worker was bitten by her employer’s dog, her employer did not want to pay her medical bills and deducted the costs from her salary.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

A ‘Chit Chat Cafe’ for people with language impairment
Mr Cheong Hon Kee, 65, had been working in the telecommunications industry for decades and travelled the world for work.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Renovations to expand Terminal 2 start later this year
Renovations to expand Changi Airport Terminal 2’s capacity will begin in the last quarter of this year.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

New SAF training complex to offer challenging scenarios
Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) troops will hone their military skills in a new state-of-the-art training facility that features, among other buildings, an integrated transport hub with a bus interchange and an MRT station.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Forbidden Fort Canning Hill turns on the charm
Nestled in lush greenery and located in the heart of Singapore’s civic district, Fort Canning Hill has undergone multiple phases of development.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Innovation centres giving more R&D support to firms here
Australians may finally be able to savour SMH Food’s popular ready-to-eat lor mai kai, thanks to some clever thinking at one of Singapore’s centres of innovation (COI).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Honoured for their economic contributions to Singapore
The Public Service Medal was conferred upon two business executives for their contributions to Singapore’s economic development by President Halimah Yacob at a ceremony held at the Istana last Thursday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

More reports of near-miss incidents during training in SAF, soldiers taking safety more seriously: Ng Eng Hen
There has been an increase in reports of near misses during training in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said, adding that this shows soldiers were taking the issue of safety more seriously.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Mediacorp launches one-stop Chinese digital portal 8world.com
Mediacorp has launched 8world.com, a one-stop Chinese digital portal offering content from breaking news, current affairs and the latest in entertainment and lifestyle through multi-platform storytelling.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

5 Charts from Singapore Airlines Ltd’s Annual Report
These five charts illustrate Singapore Airlines Ltd’s (SGX: C6L) performance, expense breakdown, balance sheet strength, and cash-flow-generation ability.
— The Motley Fool

ADB to open office in Singapore to support expansion of private sector operations
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is setting up an office in Singapore to support the expansion of the organisation’s private sector operations.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Man caught at Changi Airport with duty-unpaid tobacco disguised as tea leaves
A 58-year-old man was caught trying to smuggle in 79 packets of duty-unpaid loose tobacco disguised as Chinese tea leaves at Changi Airport on Wednesday (Jun 26).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Mobile column to roll again at NDP with new assets
A total of 171 military assets will trundle past the Padang at this year’s National Day Parade (NDP), as the mobile column – a military vehicle drive-past to showcase Singapore’s strength – makes its return to the Aug 9 spectacular after four years.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Last-minute auction of ESM Goh’s $20 notes raises $36,199
In an unplanned act of charity, Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong put his own set of three Singapore Bicentennial $20 commemorative notes on auction at a children’s charity gala yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

CapitaLand completes purchase of Ascendas-Singbridge
Mainboard-listed property heavyweight CapitaLand will mark a new milestone today as it has completed its $11 billion acquisition of Ascendas-Singbridge and will start operating as a unified entity.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

GrabFood rider arrested for allegedly stealing customer’s shoes
A GrabFood rider has been arrested for allegedly stealing a pair of shoes from a customer.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

5 things to look out for at the revamped Funan Mall
Hundreds of shoppers lined up to enter Funan Mall when it re-opened its doors to the public at 11.30am on Friday (Jun 28), nearly three years after it closed for redevelopment.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Man charged with molesting woman, showing obscene videos to others on MRT train
A man on remission for previous offences allegedly molested a woman on an MRT train and showed four others obscene videos.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Expect 600 brews, nine Singapore breweries and beer for dogs at Beerfest Asia
The annual beer festival celebrates its 11th anniversary by going big on, well, beer. Also expect a family- and dog-friendly carnival.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Man admits to using hidden camera to film wife, sister-in-law in the shower
A 36-year-old man admitted on Thursday (Jun 27) that he had taken videos of his wife and sister-in-law showering in the nude with a pinhole camera.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

 

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John Le Fevre

Thailand editor at AEC News Today

John is an Australian national with more than 35 years experience as a journalist, photographer, videographer and copy editor.

He has spent extensive periods of time working in Africa and throughout Southeast Asia.

He has covered major world events including the 1991 pillage riots in Zaire, the 1994 Rwanda genocide, the 1999 East Timor independence unrest, the 2004 Asian tsunami, and the 2009, 2010 and 2014 Bangkok political protests.

In 1995 he was a Walkley Award finalist, the highest awards in Australian journalism, for his coverage of the 1995 Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) Ebola outbreak.

Prior to AEC News Today he was the deputy editor and Thailand and Greater Mekong Sub-region editor for The Establishment Post, predecessor of Asean Today.

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