Singapore morning news for June 7

Singapore morning news for June 7

Singapore morning news

PUB plans massive floating solar panel system in reservoir
One of the world’s largest single floating solar photovoltaic (PV) systems will find a home in the waters of Singapore’s Tengeh Reservoir by 2021.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

JLC Advisors’ partner Jeffrey Ong faces S$6m cheating charge
JLC Advisors managing partner Jeffrey Ong Su Aun was a picture of calm on Thursday when he requested that the judge balance the prosecution’s application to extend his period of remand with his wish to be bailed out earlier.
— The Business Times

Heng Swee Keat urges Singapore youth to grab opportunities across Asia
Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat has urged Singapore’s young to go forth and seize the fast-growing opportunities in Asia to build a better tomorrow for themselves.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Missing lawyer Jeffrey Ong arrested and charged with cheating
Jeffrey Ong Su Aun, the managing partner of law firm JLC Advisors who is allegedly linked to missing monies totalling more than $33 million, has been arrested and is now facing a cheating charge.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

More firms added to SGX watch-list
The number of firms placed on the Singapore Exchange (SGX) watch-list for not meeting minimum trading price requirements has grown to 22 with a further three added for failing to meet financial criteria.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Lim Tean accuses “state media” of fake news, and PM Lee of “uncalled for remarks about Vietnam’s “invasion” of Cambodia”
Earlier today, Chief of People’s Voice Party, Lim Tean, made some big accusations on social media when he wrote that the “state media” was putting out fake news. In that post, he also said that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong made remarks about Vietnam that were “uncalled for”.
— The Independent

Cambodian Govt to call up Singapore Ambassador over PM Lee’s controversial remarks
The Khmer Times reported today (6 Jun) that the Cambodia government would be calling up the Singapore Ambassador soon to discuss the controversial remark made by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong last week.
— The Online Citizen

Vietnam’s envoy to Cambodia on PM Lee’s online remark: We have not forsaken lessons of history
Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported yesterday (‘Singapore PM Stirs Flap in Cambodia by Bringing up Vietnam’s 1979 Invasion’, 5 Jun) that the Cambodian officials are unhappy with a recent online remark by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, recalling Vietnam’s January 1979 invasion and and decade-long occupation of Cambodia.
— The Online Citizen

Kampong Bugis site makes it to GLS programme for H2 this year
THE LONG-AWAITED Kampong Bugis site has finally made it to the government land sales programme (GLS) for the second half of this year, and market response will be keenly watched due to its size and master developer concept.
— The Business Times

Expansion of microalgae production to improve Singapore’s food security
LOCAL agritech startup Life3 Biotech and Temasek Polytechnic have joined forces in an effort to improve Singapore’s food and nutrition security.
— The Business Times

Govt pares land supply for private homes amid demand and supply concerns
THE government has tempered private housing supply from its land sales programme for the second half of the year, amid continued signs of muted demand and a glut in supply.
— The Business Times

PM Lee’s Facebook post on Vietnam’s invasion of Cambodia draws ire
A recent Facebook post by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong that touched on Vietnam’s invasion of Cambodia in 1978 has sparked anger in both countries.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Construction Hub to train workers for the future
Construction workers will be trained to use technology such as augmented reality and virtual reality when Singapore Contractors Association Limited (SCAL) opens its new Construction Hub in 2021.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

RP, NTU teams looking to use burnt trash in construction, cars
Republic Polytechnic (RP) boffins have made significant progress in solving what is looming as a major crisis – how to deal with mountains of trash once Singapore’s only landfill runs out of space.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore to ban key source of artificial trans fats by 2021
Partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the main source of artificial trans fats, will be banned as an ingredient in all foods sold in Singapore from June 2021.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

ST Engineering’s aerospace arm sets up JV with Vietnam Airlines unit
SINGAPORE Technologies Engineering (ST Engineering) on Thursday announced that its aerospace arm and Vietnam Airlines Engineering Company (VAECO), a subsidiary of Vietnam Airlines, have set up a new joint-venture (JV) company in Vietnam.
— The Business Times

Dr Tan Cheng Bock debunks allusion that he said the police is delaying permits for party launch
Progress Singapore Party (PSP) chief Dr Tan Cheng Bock has debunked the allusion that he said the police is causing a “delay” in granting permits for his party launch, that had been scheduled for 15 June. On Monday (3 June), Dr Tan updated that “the party will have to postpone the …
— The Independent

Today’s top tech news, June 06: Lazada Co-founders launch social e-commerce startup Crea
Crea will help e-commerce companies target millennial and younger customers through social media platforms. Lazada Co-founders launch social ecommerce startup [TechInAsia] Lazada Co-founders Aimone Ripa di Meana and Alessandro Piscini have launched Crea, a social e-commerce startup, to help …
— e27

SMU prof gave all 169 students A grade because he is so done with grading on a bell curve
SMU is reviewing the grades itself.
— Mothership

COE prices end lower except for small cars
Certificate of entitlement (COE) prices ended mostly lower at the latest tender yesterday, as a plunge in premiums in the previous exercise sent buyers of smaller cars back to showrooms.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

More resale flats sold in May but prices dip slightly
There were more Housing Board resale flats sold in May compared with April, though resale prices showed a slight dip month on month.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Ex-bank officer cheated 2 retirees of over $200k
A former bank relationship manager was sentenced yesterday to three years and 10 months’ jail after making off with more than $200,000 from two retirees.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

New push to upskill workers in waste management industry
SembWaste, the waste management arm of Sembcorp Industries, has set up a company training committee (CTC) with the Building Construction and Timber Industries Employees’ Union (Batu) and it is expected to benefit around 700 SembWaste employees.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Trash becomes energy at Gardens by the Bay
Visitors to nature parks overseas could be reminded to take their trash with them – but at Gardens by the Bay, leaving behind plastic waste, especially bottles and bags, may actually help the environment.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

More prison time for pub manager who hit singer
The manager of a karaoke pub, who slapped a singer so hard that she suffered mild hearing loss, had his jail term increased from 12 weeks to four months yesterday, following an appeal by the prosecution.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Electricity retailer iSwitch taking over $15m contracts from ES Power
All of ES Power’s business and residential customers will be transferred to its fellow green energy retailer iSwitch by the end of the month, under a new partnership between the firms. The retail contracts amount to about $15 million.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Supply of private homes reined in amid fears of glut
Amid a slowdown in the property market and a souring business outlook, the Government is reining in the supply of private housing units being released in the second half of 2019.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Allied Tech responds to SGX queries on escrow account
Catalist-listed precision engineering firm Allied Technologies on Wednesday night responded to Singapore Exchange (SGX) queries on the flow of funds from its escrow account with law firm JLC Advisors.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Some supermarket chains, manufacturers to stop selling certain products with partially hydrogenated oils next year
Food manufacturers Gardenia, Nestle and Sunshine Bakeries will ensure that products they make and sell in Singapore will be free of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) by June next year. Such items will include bread and instant noodles.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Janil Puthucheary appointed new PAP party whip
Dr Janil Puthucheary, Senior Minister of State for the Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Communications and Information, will be the People’s Action Party’s (PAP) party whip with effect from Thursday (Jun 6), said the party in a news release.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Temasek, Tencent inject US$35M into open-banking software company TrueLayer
Singapore-based, government-owned fund Temasek has joined Chinese tech company Tencent in investing to TrueLayer, a U.K-based fintech that sells open-banking software, as reported by Bloomberg.
— e27

Circles.Life to go on hiring spree for engineers in Singapore after injection of fresh funds
Singapore-based mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) Circles.Life said it will go on a hiring spree for engineering talent to build a tech hub in the country to support its expansion plans.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

9 in 10 say in-car cameras can protect commuters, drivers: Poll
Nine in 10 people here think inward-facing recording devices in vehicles help protect commuters and drivers from inappropriate or violent behaviour, an online survey commissioned by national feedback and engagement unit Reach showed.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Husband’s suit against lecturer who had tryst with wife, school struck out
The High Court has struck out a suit by a distressed husband who sought to hold a school and one of its lecturers liable for an affair his wife had with the teacher.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

View uncles’ sketches of 18 monuments at libraries
They may not be old masters, but three senior Singaporean artists have put pen to paper to depict 18 of the country’s national monuments for a new exhibition.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

The ‘convenience store’ that is not so convenient
It’s all for a good reason – the exhibition hopes to raise awareness about how our culture of convenience is contributing to global warming and climate change.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Police investigate man who filed a false kidnapping report after he lost S$1,500 in credit-for-sex scam
A news release from the police informed the public of a 20-year-old man who filed a false report on May 31 concerning the alleged kidnapping of his parents.
— The Independent

Netizens kick up a fuss over a group of foreigners eating chips on the MRT
A group of foreigners were the talk of social media after a netizen, Benson, uploaded a video of them sharing a bag of potato chips on the MRT.
— The Independent


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John Le Fevre

Thailand editor at AEC News Today

John is an Australian national with more than 40 years experience as a journalist, photographer, videographer, and copy editor.

He has spent extensive periods of time working in Africa and throughout Southeast Asia, with stints in the Middle East, the USA, and England.

He has covered major world events including Operation Desert Shield/ Storm, the 1991 pillage 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.

In the mid-80s and early 90s he owned JLF Promotions, the largest above and below the line marketing and PR firm servicing the high-technology industry in Australia. It was sold in 1995.

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