Singapore morning news for March 4

Singapore morning news for March 4

Singapore morning newsMOH to review the taking of informed consent by doctors, SMC’s disciplinary process
The Ministry of Health (MOH) will review the taking of informed consent by doctors as well as the Singapore Medical Council’s (SMC) disciplinary process, it said in a press release on Saturday (Mar 2).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

MOE’s “holistic” sex education programme accused of being discriminatory
The Ministry of Education’s Sexuality Education (SEd) programme has drawn flak among some quarters after a picture of a consent form for the programme turned up online.
— The Independent

Parliament: Correct the perception that Singapore is an arrogant nation, says Low Thia Khiang
Singapore needs to deepen relations with its ASEAN neighbours to correct the perception it is an arrogant nation that looks at developing nations with a condescending eye, said veteran opposition MP Low Thia Khiang (Aljunied GRC).
— Asia One

Saving water must be an individual, lifelong effort, President Halimah says on Singapore World Water Day
While the Government will continue to plan and invest in infrastructure to ensure a secure, diversified and sustainable supply of water, Singaporeans must play their part and use water wisely, said President Halimah Yacob.
— The Straits Times (annoying popups)

Commentary: Youth smoking is a problem, so is youth vaping
Instead of focusing on the potential harms or benefits of vaping versus smoking in debates on e-cigarettes, we should look more closely at the industry’s preying on youth, say NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health’s Dr Yvette van der Eijk and Dr Jeong Kyu Lee.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Co-living beckons to private equity investors
AS co-living gains traction around the world, it is drawing attention not just from young people looking for an affordable, communal way of living, but also from investors eyeing its promises of stable returns and potential for growth amid rapid urbanisation.
— The Business Times

AHTC lawsuits: Dates set for oral submissions
Lawyers representing several parties, including three Workers’ Party MPs, over $33.7 million in alleged improper payments, will meet in court again on April 9 and 10 to make their oral submissions. Both sides submitted their final replies to the High Court last Friday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Greater Bay Area threatens Singapore’s finance and tech status
China’s ambitious Greater Bay Area project encompassing Hong Kong, Macao and nine cities in Guangdong could threaten Singapore’s standing as a hub for finance and technology.
— Nikkei Asian Review

SINGAPORE’S vision of “empathic and anticipatory” solutions to drive their digital economy hinges on the success of their Model Artificial Intelligence (AI) Governance Framework.
— Digital News Asia

Singapore needs public officials who “think differently”
Beyond mere policy-making, Minister-in-charge of Public Service Chan Chun Sing believes that there is a strong need to create a more diverse public service leadership and officers who have initiative and creative ideas, those who have strong inter-personal skills and work well with others.
— The Independent

Singapore plans to buy four F-35 jets with option for 8 more
Singapore plans to buy an initial four F-35 fighter jets from Lockheed Martin Corp, with an option to purchase eight more, as it looks to replace its ageing F-16 fleet, the city-state’s defence minister said on Friday.
— The Edge Singapore

Singapore, Malaysia Leaders Butt Heads Again Over Water Pact
Singapore and Malaysia leaders are once again butting heads over water, a sore point between the two countries over the years.
— Bloomberg

Singapore to buy four F-35 fighters, with option for eight more
Singapore will seek to buy four US F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft initially, with an option for eight more, as part of efforts to build the next-generation Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

9 unbelievable vending machines in Singapore – get chilli crab, salmon and even books
Once upon a time, when I popped $0.80 into the vending machine, I got an ice-cold can of coke. Now, nothing costs $0.80 anymore and there are vending machines for stuff like freshly squeezed orange juice, fresh salads and even chilli crab.
— Asia One

‘We’re treated as equals’: Women officers in SPF
As the Singapore Police Force marks 70 years of women in policing, Channel NewsAsia speaks to two female officers who have earned their stripes.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

How Budget 2019 Affects SMEs in Singapore
In one of the most anticipated announcement in parliament this month, Finance minister Heng Swee Keat delivered the Budget 2019 on 18 February. Most Singaporeans have digested the various policy announcements by now.
— The Online Citizen

Are you eligible to vote in the upcoming General Elections (GE)?
BETTER get this checked quickly: If you’re above 21 years, are you eligible to vote in the upcoming General Elections (GE)? Good news: The registers of electors have been prepared and will be available for public inspection from Feb 26 to Mar 11, says the Elections Department.
— The Independent

Parliament: MOH to see if Chas card users can be told of subsidies at clinics
The Ministry of Health (MOH) will look into whether Community Health Assist Scheme (Chas) beneficiaries can be informed of their subsidy each time they use their card at a medical or dental clinic.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

MPA investigating after Singapore-flagged ferry runs aground off Batam
A Singapore-flagged ferry ran aground at the Karang Galang reef, off the coast of Batam, on Saturday afternoon (Mar 2), the Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) said.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Police investigating Jolovan Wham for protest outside State Courts without valid permit in Dec 2018
Civil rights activist Jolovan Wham is being investigated by the police for protesting outside the State Courts without a valid permit on Dec 13, 2018, said the police on Saturday (March 2).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Angry HDB resident hurls a 10 kg weighted plate down at a brand new car
A birthday celebration at a local coffeeshop turned sour when a disgruntled HDB resident allegedly threw a 10 KG iron plate that smashed into the brand new car of one of the party-goers.
— The Independent

Division at home will paralyse S’pore’s foreign policy: Vivian Balakrishnan
We must remain vigilant about threats to the region or risk of influence from foreign entities.
— Mothership

Samuel Seow: Inappropriate for statement by mall management to focus on possible PDPA breach than on injured shopper
An article was published yesterday about the recent accident at the Alexandra Central Mall where a lady was hit by a falling glass door in the mall, suffering multiple serious injuries, including head and liver injuries.
— The Online Citizen

Freehold condominiums in Singapore – why freehold is not as great as it seems
Singaporeans get traditional when it comes to property. We want the land we pay for, and 99 years won’t cut it. We want our descendants holding on to it.
— Asia One

Thinking of getting a HDB loan? Here’s what you need to know before you sign it
Did you know a HDB loan doesn’t always cover 90 per cent of your flat price? Or that the interest rate isn’t really fixed the whole time? These are the details you’ll want.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Minister Ng says Trump welcomes Singapore buying 4 F-35s costing more than half a billion dollars
In the budget debate in Parliament today (1 Mar), Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen told Parliament that Singapore will be placing an initial order for four F-35 stealth fighter jets from the US.
— The Online Citizen

MSCI EM Index’s A-share boost to drive portfolio rebalancing
EXPECT active and passive funds that track the MSCI Emerging Market Index to gradually rebalance their asset allocation, market analysts have said.
— The Business Times

Parliament: Malaysia-S’pore water pact is about respecting sanctity of agreements, says Vivian Balakrishnan
Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan yesterday described the latest comments by Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on the water issue as a red herring.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Heng Swee Keat: Crucial for GST hike to pay for more expenses by Govt
Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat said on Thursday (28 February) that the Government has yet to decide the exact timing of when the planned Goods and Services Tax (GST) will be increased from 7 per cent to 9 per cent.
— The Online Citizen

Singapore central bank chief says policy stimulus may not be necessary
Singapore’s monetary policy stance remains appropriate for current conditions and there is no need for policy stimulus if the economy performs as expected, central bank managing director Ravi Menon said.
— The Edge Singapore

Chan Chun Sing delights in playing Singaporeans for fools
Not once but twice in one day Chan Chun Sing took the mickey out of Singaporeans. No conflict of interest, declared the Minister-in-Charge of the Civil Service last Thursday, on the appointment of the spouse of a political office holder as Auditor-General.
— The Online Citizen

The Independent S’pore retracts articles alleging hawker died after working 18-hour days to avoid NTUC Foodfare fine
TISG was satisfied with the clarification they got from NTUC Foodfare.
— Mothership

Parliament: All field and high-risk army training to be checked for safety compliance
The Singapore Army has made it mandatory for all high-risk and field training to be inspected for safety compliance, Senior Minister of State for Defence Heng Chee How said yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Chan Chun Sing says there is “no conflict of interest” even though new Auditor-General is married to Senior Minister of State
Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing confirmed that the Government is aware of the relationship between Singapore’s new Auditor-General Goh Soon Poh and her spouse, Senior Minister of State Heng Chee How, but asserted that there is no conflict of interest since Ms Goh is not a political office holder.
— The Independent

China’s manufacturing sector contracts further in February
CHINA’S purchasing managers’ index (PMI) contracted for a third straight month in February, two surveys show as the trade war with the United States persists.
— The Business Times

Singapore Pools chief to helm SIM from May
The chief executive officer of Singapore Pools, Mr Seah Chin Siong, has resigned from the organisation and will join the Singapore Institute of Management (SIM) in May.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Trade truce may throw up a surprise winner: the Singapore dollar
The end of the US-China trade war may throw up a surprise winner among Asia-Pacific currencies other than yuan: the Singapore dollar.
— The Edge Singapore

Parliament: More funding for language electives than SAP, says Ong Ye Kung
Special Assistance Plan (SAP) students in secondary schools get $300 extra funding every year to develop their proficiency and interest in Chinese language-related studies.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

CHAS IT error: MOH to conduct independent quality assurance review for new major system changes
The Ministry of Health will be implementing an independent quality assurance review for every major system change following an IT error earlier this month, Senior Minister of State Edwin Tong said in Parliament on Friday (Mar 1).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Size and influence
Raffles City Chongqing (RCCQ), CapitaLand’s mammoth mixed-use development in China, rises up from the landing point that had, 1,000 years ago, welcomed emperors visiting the once far-flung corner of the Chinese empire.
— The Edge Singapore

MFA needs to be authoritative source of foreign policy information amid fake news and online falsehoods: Tan Wu Meng
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) must establish itself as the authoritative source of information on Singapore’s foreign policy to mitigate the risks of Singaporeans being distracted, divided and deceived by fake news and online falsehoods, the ministry said.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Prudential eyes larger share of high net worth clientele
PRUDENTIAL Singapore has set its sights on expanding its share of high net worth (HNW) clients, joining a growing number of insurers with similar ambitions.
— The Business Times

Singapore in colour: Photographer’s work brought to life
Mr Lui Hock Seng, who is now 83, first picked up a camera in the 1950s. But now, the app allows for his black and white photos to be brought to life.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

What huge surpluses mean for Singapore’s future
Singapore may have accumulated an estimated surplus of $15 billion during the current term of government, but this does not indicate an upcoming spending spree.
— The Edge Singapore

Parliament: Changes to overseas trip notification rules, more courses for servicemen
As of yesterday, operationally ready national servicemen (NSmen) no longer need to notify the authorities of overseas travel that is less than six months.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore’s heteronormative sex education programme promotes abstinence as the best option
A letter to parents about the Ministry of Education’s The Growing Years Programme, a sexuality education programme in schools, dated 13th Feb 2019 was shared on r/singapore.
— The Online Citizen

Right timing: STI consolidation could continue
The market could continue to consolidate in the near term. Quarterly momentum has encountered resistance and turned down.
— The Edge Singapore

Govt “aware” of relationship between new Auditor-General and her Senior Minister of State spouse, but maintains that “no conflict of interest” exists: Chan Chun Sing
While the Government is aware of the relationship between Singapore’s new Auditor-General and her spouse, who is a Senior Minister of State, there is no conflict of interest at hand, as she is not a political office holder, said Minister of Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing.
— The Online Citizen

‘Average’ NUS student claimed to get almost perfect grades on exchange with 1/5 the effort in S’pore
The student supposedly did plenty of ‘random things’ during exchange.
— Mothership

CGH says it has improved record system since 2014
Changi General Hospital (CGH) says it has improved its records system, which was criticised by the apex court for causing a delay in the diagnosis of a cancer patient.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Would articles presenting PM Lee’s affidavit on his defamation claims not be considered Sub judice?
The high profile and shall I say “popcorn inducing” trial between blogger Leong Sze Hian (Leong) and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (PM Lee) has taken place.
— 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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