Singapore morning news for March 15

Singapore morning news for March 15

Singapore morning news

Singapore and Malaysia agree to revert to original port limits
Governments of Malaysia and Singapore have agreed to revert to their original port limits after both governments agreed to suspend the previous extensions of their port limits within a month from Thursday (March 14).
— The Online Citizen

Singapore may impose new legislation to counter foreign interference, says Edwin Tong
Senior Minister of State for Law Edwin Tong said on 12 February (Tuesday) that Singapore may consider coming up with new laws to counter foreign interference, as it is “especially vulnerable” to these exploits which stir up distrust and threaten its democratic processes.
— The Online Citizen

More than 2,200 units to go on sale in S’pore’s largest condo development
The Republic’s largest condominium development — with more than 2,200 units on offer — is set to launch on Friday (March 15).
— Today Online

Singapore Medical Council to file appeal to reduce S$50,000 fine against psychiatrist
After an outcry among doctors here, the Singapore Medical Council (SMC) said it will be appealing to reduce the S$50,000 fine imposed on psychiatrist Soo Shuenn Chiang.
— Today Online

Singapore shares efforts to turn trash to cash
Singapore will continue to step up efforts to turn trash to cash, with initiatives like the $45 million “Closing the Waste Loop” fund to support research and development and businesses that want to work towards a zero waste future, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli said.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

SIA sets up S$2b bond programme for senior unsecured debt
SINGAPORE Airlines (SIA) has established a S$2 billion medium term bond programme for senior unsecured debt, the flagship carrier said in a regulatory filing on Thursday morning.
— The Business Times

S’pore prepared to settle water spat through third-party procedure: MFA
A day after Malaysia’s foreign minister took a swipe at his Singaporean counterpart for “reckless” comments in an ongoing tit-for-tat over water prices, Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said that the country has always been prepared to resolve disputes through appropriate international third-party dispute-settlement procedures.
— Today Online

The final days for flag carriers
On Tuesday (March 12), Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad told reporters he’s studying whether to sell, shut down or refinance Malaysia Airlines Bhd, the troubled national carrier.
— The Straits Times (annoying popups)

S’pore Chief of Govt Comms: Mahathir says M’sia selling water to S’pore since 1926, but he’s wrong
Janadas Devan, who has written about this topic years ago, explains why.
— Mothership

Singapore firms continued shipping luxury products to North Korea, despite telling UN otherwise
Two Singapore-registered firms continued to supply luxury products to North Korea, despite declaring they had stopped, according to a United Nations (UN) report.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Overall improvement in labour market in 2018, but trends mixed towards end of year: MOM
The labour market improved in 2018, with local hires driving total employment growth for the year, according to a Ministry of Manpower (MOM) report released on Thursday (Mar 14), confirming preliminary estimates.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore’s Nutrition Innovation raises $5m to make sugar healthier
Nutrition Innovation, a Singapore-based startup that produces a “healthier” version of sugar, has raised US$5 million in funding.
— Tech In Asia

Singapore and France: Breaking barriers through innovation
The world is witnessing an unprecedented confluence of political, economic and technological trends that will lead to major changes in the way we work, live and play.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Good progress in 2018 with assistance given to 76,000 firms: Enterprise Singapore
Despite a challenging year in which it had to navigate a volatile external environment and a post-merger transition, Enterprise Singapore said on Thursday (Mar 14) it made good progress by assisting 76,000 local firms across different growth stages and business capabilities in 2018 …
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Economy vs Sovereignty: the Singapore-Malaysia water issue
Of all the pressing issues between Singapore and Malaysia, the one that is blowing hottest at the moment is the water issue – the price of raw water sold from the Malaysian state of Johor to Singapore, and back to Johor as treated water.
— The Independent

Singapore’s air, water quality not affected by Pasir Gudang spill
SINGAPORE authorities on Thursday said they have been closely monitoring the chemical spill incident in Pasir Gudang, and said in a statement that they have not detected any anomalies in the Republic’s air and water quality.
— The Business Times

Doctors seek clarity and guidance on procedures in new appeal letter
More than 1,200 individuals have signed a new letter of appeal drafted by three doctors to ask the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Singapore Medical Council (SMC) for clarity on how they should verify the identities of patients, as well as their families and carers, in the scope of their work.
— The Edge Singapore

Workgroup to review doctors’ taking of informed consent and medical council’s disciplinary processes
The Ministry of Health (MOH) has appointed a 12-member workgroup to review the taking of informed consent by doctors and the disciplinary processes of the Singapore Medical Council (SMC).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Adzymic partners with Digital Commons to bring Dynamic Creative Solutions into New Zealand
Singapore-based Ad-tech company Adzymic has expanded to New Zealand, partnering with Digital Commons, to bring their content advertising and dynamic creative solution to market.
— AEC News Today/ PR Newswire

Dreame Provides a New Way for Writers to Monetize their Content
Stary, along with its online publishing platform Dreame, provider of practical solutions to help writers achieve content monetization, recently launched its new payment and clearing system.
— AEC News Today/ PR Newswire

Singapore’s luxury properties a drawcard for European buyers
An ever-growing roster of luxury hotels in Singapore is drawing greater interest from European buyers at the recent ITB Berlin.
— TTG Asia

Singaporean comedian Fakkah Fuzz delivers N95 masks to toxic fume victims in M’sia
Popular stand-up comedian Fakkah Fuzz ( Muhammad Fadzri Abd Rashid) went out of his way to personally deliver some face masks to toxic fumes victims at Pasir Gudang in Johor.
— The Independent

Propnex calls for lifting of cooling measures for HDB upgraders buying private homes
Amid increased scrutiny after a recent report noted an unusual spike in the number of options to purchase (OTPs) being reissued in December, an investigation by PropNex found that this came about as a majority of upgraders found it difficult to find the cash for the additional buyer’s stamp duty (ABSD).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Media Literacy Council introduces fact-checking starter kit and curriculum to fight against online falsehoods
As part of efforts to combat online falsehoods, the Media Literacy Council (MLC) launched two new media literacy resources – the ‘Get Smart with Sherlock’ fact-checking starter kit and the News and Media Literacy Toolkit – for students, educators and the members of the public on cyber challenges.
— The Online Citizen

SMC applies to High Court for more time to appeal against disciplinary tribunal fine of doctor
It is the second time this year that the medical profession watchdog has made such an appeal, after a similar one last month against another tribunal’s decision to fine a different doctor $100,000.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Boeing 737 Max issue may have broad aviation credit effects: Fitch
CREDIT rating agency Fitch Ratings said that the crisis surrounding the Boeing 737 Max could be a concern throughout the aviation credit sector for much of 2019.
— The Business Times

Judge dismisses Leong Sze Hian’s counterclaim, PM Lee’s defamation suit to go to trial
A High Court judge has thrown out a counterclaim by blogger Leong Sze Hian against Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in a defamation suit, allowing the libel suit to go to trial.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Why services won’t ride to the rescue of global growth this year: Oxford Economics
Global services growth will slow this year and so won’t prevent world GDP growth slipping to its weakest pace since 2016, says Oxford Economics.
— The Edge Singapore

CPF says woman who can’t withdraw savings for son’s mental health treatment is getting financial help
In her letter, the mother blamed the government’s policies for her family’s circumstances.
— Mothership

‘Hijacked’ plane intercepted as part of multi-agency air defence exercise
Once an alert was received of a suspected hijacking of a civil airliner” heading towards Singapore, two F-16 fighter jets were scrambled within minutes.
— The Straits Times (annoying popups)

Courts Asia to be delisted after losing free float
Courts Asia, the regional retailer of furniture and household and IT appliances, is set to be delisted after losing its free float.
— The Edge Singapore

Tee Hai Chem sells 51% stake to German giant Brenntag as it teams up to go global
Specialty chemicals distributor Tee Hai Chem on Thursday (March 14) sold a 51 per cent stake to German chemical distribution giant Brenntag for an undisclosed sum.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Netizens divided on CPF Board’s clarification of a mother who wants to withdraw her CPF for schizophrenic son’s treatment
The Central Provident Fund (CPF) Board has come out to clarify the circumstances surrounding a 55-year-old Singaporean, Mdm Carena Tan’s request to draw out her CPF savings to pay for her mentally ill son’s treatment.
— The Independent

‘Strong political centre’ needed for leaders to make trade-offs ensuring long-term gains: Chan Chun Sing
A strong political centre is needed for countries and leaders to make difficult and bold trade-offs that ensure long-term gains, Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing said on Thursday (March 14).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore-Malaysia maritime dispute: Both sides agree to suspend overlapping port limits
Malaysia and Singapore on Thursday (Mar 14) agreed to mutually suspend the implementation of their overlapping port limits, as part of measures to dial down tensions in a maritime dispute.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

HIV data leak: Ler Teck Siang’s medical registration suspended for nine months
Ler Teck Siang, the doctor at the centre of the HIV Registry data leak, has had his medical registration suspended for nine months and could face further disciplinary action, the Singapore Medical Council (SMC) said in a statement on Tuesday (March 12).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

No anomalies in Singapore’s air and water quality, say authorities amid methane poisoning in Pasir Gudang
No anomalies have been detected in Singapore’s air and water quality, the authorities said on Thursday (Mar 14) after illegal toxic waste dumping in Pasir Gudang, Johor left hundreds of people ill.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Hyflux investors may lose “as much as 90 per cent” of their capital in firm’s restructuring plan
Approximately 34,000 retail investors in troubled homegrown water treatment firm Hyflux are at risk of losing up to 90 per cent of their capital in the company’s new restructuring plan.
— The Online Citizen

Woman pleads guilty to causing friend’s death in Bukit Timah accident after birthday celebration
A night of merrymaking for three friends ended tragically when one of them died following a collision involving their car and a bus.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

 

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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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