Singapore morning news for March 8

Singapore morning news for March 8

Singapore morning news

Employer of Singapore workers in salary protest owes us S$540,000, says company
Stargood Construction, the Singapore company whose workers staged a sit-down protest from Monday over salaries owed to them, in fact owes main contractor Shimizu Corporation about S$540,000 (RM1.6 million), the latter said yesterday.
— Malay Mail

Parliament: Big push to grow Singapore’s food and water resources to ensure survival in the face of climate change
With global warming heralding new threats, resource scarcity will be the new normal.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Government accepts Land Transport Master Plan 2040 recommendations
The Government has accepted the recommendations of the Land Transport Master Plan 2040 advisory panel, Acting Minister for Transport Vivian Balakrishnan announced during the Committee of Supply (COS) debate on Thursday (Mar 7).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Swedish black metal band Watain’s gig in Singapore cancelled due to ‘security concerns’
A concert by Swedish black metal band Watain due to take place later on Thursday (Mar 7) evening has been cancelled by the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), following security concerns recently raised by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Inside Singapore airport’s new £951million complex with rides and an indoor forest
Passengers travelling through Singapore ‘s Changi Airport could soon be hoping their flights are delayed!
— Mirror Uk

Singapore is luring air and sea traffic with infrastructure push
Singapore is transforming its infrastructure to fend off competition from the seas to the skies.
— The Star Online

P&G commits $8.8m to develop new businesses in Singapore
Procter & Gamble (P&G) announced it’s committing S$12 million (US$8.8 million) to develop new businesses in Singapore.
— Tech In Asia

All-Singapore buyout to take mobile operator M1 private
Conglomerate Keppel and the publisher of the English-language Straits Times newspaper will buy all of mobile carrier M1 and delist the company.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

REIT funds outperform on strong fundamentals, dovish US Fed stance
Following a skittish fourth quarter last year, major equity markets have enjoyed a rebound since the beginning of this year.
— The Edge Singapore

Singapore bans Swedish death metal band on religious grounds
Singapore banned Swedish death metal group Watain Live from performing a concert on Thursday over concerns about the band’s history of “denigrating religions and promoting violence”.
— The Jakarta Post

Singapore aims to produce 30% of its nutritional needs by 2030, up from less than 10%
The aim is to hit the target by producing more vegetables, fruit and protein sources, such as poultry and fish.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Mediation scheduled between construction workers and employer over unpaid wages
A mediation session has been set up for a group of construction workers and their employer after the workers gathered at their old worksite in the Central Business District to demand for owed salaries.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

60% of large electrical appliances must be collected for e-waste recycling
These large appliances include electric mobility devices like power assisted bicycles and electric scooters, although the collection target for these devices is 20 per cent.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

After phasing out streaming in schools, Chee Soon Juan flings LHL’s accusation of “failed ideas” back at him
After Education Minister Ong Ye Kung announced on Tuesday that streaming in schools would be abandoned by 2024, Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) claimed credit for having proposed this already in its policy proposal, Educating for Creativity and Equality: An Agenda for Transformation.
— The Independent

Foreign workers organised sit-down protest at CBD, demanding unpaid salaries of nearly S$300,000
On Wednesday (March 6), over 30 foreign workers participated in a sit-down protest at the Central Business District (CBD) demanding answers from their employer over unpaid salaries.
— The Online Citizen

Singapore slides to fourth place in Knight Frank’s City Wealth Index
The Lion City came in at fourth place after Hong Kong in Knight Frank’s City Wealth Index, dragged by its ninth place in the index’s investment rankings.
— Singapore Business Review

CCTVs to detect active mobility offences; over 40k e-scooters registered
Concerns about safety on paths shared by pedestrians and personal mobility device (PMD) users are valid, and there is a need for stronger enforcement to deter reckless riding, Senior Minister of State for Transport Lam Pin Min told Parliament on Thursday (March 7).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore to launch maritime drone zone, mulls mandatory registration of drones
“We are mindful of the potential safety and security threats arising from its errant and irresponsible use, as seen from the incidents at Gatwick and Newark airports,” says Senior Minister of State for Transport Lam Pin Min.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

OCBC raises confidence in Mapletree Logistics Trust on strong YTD performance, bright prospects
OCBC Investment Research is maintaining “buy” on Mapletree Logistics Trust (MLT) while raising its fair value estimate to $1.50 from $1.40 to assume lower cost of equity (COE).
— The Edge Singapore

Cycling routes to link Geylang and Queenstown to city by next year
Cyclists and personal mobility device (PMD) users in Geylang and Queenstown will be able to ride directly to the city, and up to six more towns could enjoy such links if the Land Transport Authority (LTA) finds them to be viable.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

US to deploy two littoral combat ships to Singapore later this year: Indo-Pacific Command chief
The United States will deploy two littoral combat ships to Singapore later this year, a top US military commander said yesterday, citing the move as a positive sign of its commitment to the region amid increasing Chinese military activity in the South China Sea.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Dr Balakrishnan: Singapore-Malaysia rail projects remain stalled
Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, the country’s Acting Transport Minister, gave an update on two cross-border rail projects with Malaysia. He said there has been no progress on these projects, he reported.
— The Independent

Climate research centre to study how sea level rise could impact Singapore
SINGAPORE: The Centre for Climate Research will start a National Sea Level Programme this year to better study how a rise in sea levels could impact Singapore, Environment and Water Resources Minister Masagos Zulkifli said on Thursday (Mar 7).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Hangout with ST: No more secondary school streaming and a look at measures to prevent maid abuse
Hangout with ST, a video series by The Straits Times, is broadcast live at 8pm every Thursday on the paper’s Facebook and YouTube pages.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Principals & teachers are unsung heroes of MOE’s subject-based banding change
Because they’re the ones who will be bloodying their hands from the actual cow-slaying.
— Mothership

Minister Grace Fu highlights parking app created by Li Hongyi’s team in Parliament
Yesterday (6 Mar), Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu who is also in-charge of the Municipal Services Office (MSO) told Parliament that new services will be introduced through its online OneService app soon.
— The Online Citizen

Restrictions on use of CPF for older HDB flats to be relaxed by May
National Development Minister Lawrence Wong was referring specifically to the restriction in CPF usage for flats with less than 60 years of lease remaining.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Airspace talks must be based on ‘technical and operational’ considerations: Vivian Balakrishnan
While Singapore respects Malaysia’s and Indonesia’s sovereignty over their airspace, discussions on air navigation arrangements must fundamentally be based on technical and operational considerations, Singapore’s Acting Minister for Transport Vivian Balakrishnan said in Parliament.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Rosneft opens trading arm in Singapore as part of Asian pivot
Rosneft is opening a trading arm in Singapore as part of a pivot to Asia, the world’s biggest and fastest-growing energy-consuming region, where the Russian state oil major plans to manage new projects and boost oil sales.
— The Edge Singapore

New SimplyGo system to let bank cards double up as public transport travel cards
Commuters with contactless Mastercards can use it to pay for public transport rides under a new system to be launched on April 4.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

George Yeo draws intense flak after backing priest convicted of child sexual abuse
Former Minister for Foreign Affairs Minister, George Yeo, has drawn criticism after he threw his weight behind George Pell, in a public Facebook post on Wednesday (6 Mar). In June 2017, Cardinal Pell was charged in Victoria with multiple historical sexual assault offences; he denied all charges.
— The Independent

We must stop kidding ourselves – subject banding is the new Normal, Express and IP class
We must stop kidding ourselves. Really, because G1, G2 and G3 are the new Normal, Express and IP class. Alas, the customisation may have been tweaked but the stigmatisation will still be there, lurking.
— The Independent

Minister Wong: Govt to relax CPF loan rules to allow Singaporeans to buy old HDB flats
National Development Minister Lawrence Wong said in Parliament today (7 Mar) that the government is looking into relaxing CPF loan rules on the purchase of older HDB resale flats. He said details will be announced in May.
— The Online Citizen

AVA to review pet regulations, look into microchipping cats to deter abandonment
The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) intends to review its regulatory approach to pet issues to deter cases of pet abandonment, said Senior Parliamentary Secretary for National Development Sun Xueling in Parliament on Thursday (Mar 7).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

SDP: Ong Ye Kung adopts its proposal to abolish secondary school streaming
The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) has released a statement claiming that the People’s Action Party (PAP) has followed SDP’s lead when Education Minister Ong Ye Kung proposed to abolish secondary school streaming.
— The Online Citizen

CPF usage rules for buying older flats to be tweaked by May
The Government is set to make changes to CPF usage rules for older flats by May this year, said Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong on Thursday (Mar 7).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

The Better Investment: Singapore Exchange Limited Versus Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited
Is Singapore Exchange Limited (SGX: S68) or Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKG: 0388) a better investment?
— The Motley Fool

First assisted living pilot site to be launched in Bukit Batok next year
The first assisted living pilot site which will offer seniors the combination of a flat as well as a package of care services is slated to be launched in Bukit Batok next year, said Minister for National Development (MND) Lawrence Wong on Thursday (Mar 7).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Sunningdale to Quarz: Focus is on fundamentals, long-term value
Sunningdale Tech says that the group’s latest manufacturing sites in Chuzhou and Penang are part of its long-term strategy to build a sustainable and profitable business model.
— The Edge Singapore

End of streaming: MOE explains how revamped PSLE scores work
Streaming as most Singaporeans know it will soon be abolished, but from 2024, students will still be posted to secondary schools based on their Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) score across three bands.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Should an MP be furthering business interests?
It would be fair to say that at a grassroots level, most people would look to their elected Member of Parliament (MP) as their representative in Parliament on their bread and butter issues.
— The Online Citizen

Fewer HDB resale flats sold in February, no change in resale prices: SRX
Housing Board resale transactions resumed their downtrend in February amid the Chinese New Year lull, after January saw the first month-on-month increase in sales since last July’s cooling measures.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Raffles Place serial protester slapped with new charges 10 months after previous conviction
Serial protestor Yan Jun is facing two charges under the Public Order Act for his protest outside Raffles Place MRT station at the end of last month, just 10 months after he was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment and a S$5,000 fine.
— The Online Citizen

Moya Holdings on board changes
Water treatment company Moya Holdings Asia on Wednesday (March 6) said its executive director Simon Melhem, will be redesignated as a non-executive and non-independent director of the company, as he intends to pursue his personal interest outside the group.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Allowing metal band Watain to perform would affect religious and social harmony: Shanmugam
Allowing Swedish black metal group Watain’s concert to be held in Singapore would be against public order interest and affect our religious and social harmony, said Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam on Thursday (Mar 7).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Doctor suspended 3 months for accessing SGH database for information for his own use
Leo Kah Woon used his position in 2012 to access information in the hospital’s database on a man he suspected was having an affair with his wife.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)


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