Singapore morning news for February 4

Singapore morning news for February 4

Singapore morning news

Singapore musician calls for virus fight while Chinese greats sing their love to Hubei (video)
With the number of confirmed 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) infections and deaths globally rising by about 20 per cent and 18 per cent respectively per day, artists and musicians are recording songs to bring attention to the virus’s’ danger, and to encourage healthcare professionals and others fighting it in hospitals, primarily across China.
— AEC News Today

Novel coronavirus: 524 people under quarantine in Singapore, says Lawrence Wong
A total of 524 people were under quarantine in Singapore as of Sunday (Feb 2) night, said National Development Minister Lawrence Wong in Parliament on Monday.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore preparing various contingencies as outbreak of novel coronavirus evolves: Gan Kim Yong
Singapore is preparing for various scenarios of how the global outbreak of a novel coronavirus could evolve, said Health Minister Gan Kim Yong in Parliament on Monday (Feb 3) as he warned of risks ahead and the need to “plan for the worst”.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

No new cases of novel coronavirus in Singapore for second day running; total remains at 18
There are no new cases of the novel coronavirus in Singapore for the second day in a row, the Ministry of Health said on Monday (Feb 3) evening.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore’s electronics sentiment turns positive after 14 months
SINGAPORE’S electronics sentiment entered positive territory in January for the first time in 14 months alongside positive manufacturing sentiment, thanks to a US-China trade truce, but economists warn that any optimism may be temporary due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.
— The Business Times

Hundreds of dead fish found along Pasir Ris beach on Feb. 2, 2020
Mass fish deaths have been observed in Singapore over the years in Lim Chu Kang, Changi, and Pasir Ris.
— Mothership

Coronavirus: Some landlords in Singapore, fearing infection risk, turn away tenants returning from China
Computer salesman Thomas Chua, 67, has a tenant from China who is due to return to Singapore this week.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

140 S’poreans still believed to be in Wuhan, govt working with China to help them: Lawrence Wong
Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan praised China for its response to the crisis and affirmed that China was taking all the necessary measures to look after the Singaporeans.
— Mothership

Manpower Minister says new citizens have negligible effect on unemployment rate among Singaporeans
On Monday (3 February), the Minister of Manpower Josephine Teo said in Parliament that new citizens have actually a negligible effect on Singaporeans’ unemployment rate.
— The Online Citizen

Masks for those who are already unwell and en route to seeing a doctor: Senior Minister of State Janil Puthucheary
The four surgical masks being distributed for free by the Government are not meant to be used immediately upon collection, but for people who are unwell to use them before getting new masks at the clinic or hospital, said Senior Minister of State Janil Puthucheary.
— The Online Citizen

Netizens express thanks and share confusion over free mask distribution
Despite concerns of a rush at masks collection points, the first day of the free mask distribution went off without a hitch.
— The Online Citizen

We will not leave any overseas Singaporean behind: Vivian Balakrishnan on fight against coronavirus
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) will not leave any overseas Singapore citizen behind, said Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan, in the wake of a coronavirus outbreak that has killed more than 360 people and infected more than 17,000, mostly in China.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Staff engagement in S’pore below global average: Report
Employee engagement in Singapore lags behind the global average, according to a study out yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Minister paints 3 scenarios Singapore must prepare for
IN Parliament on Monday, the two ministers leading efforts against the novel coronavirus gave an update of the situation, set out current measures and highlighted scenarios for which Singapore must be prepared.
— The Business Times

Coronavirus: Only isolated cases of transmission by patients without symptoms, says Gan Kim Yong
There is evidence that the new coronavirus can be spread before the infected person shows any symptoms.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

12 exhibitors, including 10 from China, withdraw from Singapore Airshow 2020
THE organiser of the Singapore Airshow 2020 on Monday confirmed that 12 exhibitors, including 10 from China, have withdrawn from next week’s event due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.
— The Business Times

Making sense of Industry 4.0
EVEN if manufacturers were once reluctant to change, they now know the need for Industry 4.0.
— The Business Times

A-G: No exemption from prosecution for ‘ex-prison officer’
There will be no immunity from prosecution for a supposed former prison officer willing to shed light on unlawful execution practices, raised by two inmates on death row, the Attorney-General’s Chambers said in court documents filed last week.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Any amount of money given to support terrorism threatens S’pore’s national security: Shanmugam
Two Singaporeans were charged under the Terrorism (Suppression of Financing) law.
— Mothership

Citibank Singapore’s retail banking head leaves after over 20 years
CITIBANK Singapore’s head of retail banking Charles Wong has resigned after more than 20 years at the US bank.
— The Business Times

South Korea’s Black Eagles and some exhibitors pull out of Singapore Airshow
A small but growing number of exhibitors are pulling out of the Singapore Airshow which rolls into town next week amid growing concerns over the spread of the coronavirus which originated in Wuhan.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Frontline ICA officers could wear masks if they need to: Home Affairs Minister
Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam on Sat (1 Feb) denied allegations that frontline Immigration and Checkpoint Authority (ICA) officers had been instructed not to wear face masks while on duty, in light of the Wuhan novel coronavirus outbreak
— The Online Citizen

Parliamentary questions for 3 February 2020
The Singapore Parliament will sit at 12:00 morning on Monday, 3 February 2020, for the 116th session of the 13th Parliament.
— The Online Citizen

Contempt of court case: Li Shengwu ordered to attend hearings for cross-examination
The High Court on Monday (Feb 3) ordered Mr Li Shengwu to attend court hearings to be cross-examined, and he now has 14 days to answer questions posed to him by the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) related to allegations of contempt of court.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Run For Hope postponed to Aug. 16, 2020 due to Wuhan virus outbreak
In light of the Wuhan virus outbreak, Run For Hope 2020 (RFH) has postponed to Aug. 16 instead.
— Mothership

In full: Lawrence Wong’s ministerial statement on Singapore’s response to novel coronavirus
National Development Minister Lawrence Wong on Monday (Feb 3) delivered a ministerial statement in Parliament on how the Government has put in place multiple lines of defence against the novel coronavirus in Singapore.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Netizens express disbelief in response to Chan Chun Sing’s claim of sufficient face masks
Last week, the Minister for Trade and Industry, Chan Chun Sing, reprimanded retailers taking advantage of the Wuhan virus situation to hoard masks in order to generate profit.
— The Online Citizen

Coronavirus: NUS students deliver meals to residential college mates on leave of absence in show of support
Students at the National University of Singapore (NUS) have started making daily food deliveries to fellow mates at student lodgings who have been placed on a 14-day leave of absence due to their recent travel to China.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Naturally occurring minerals caused discoloured tap water on Pulau Tekong: Masagos
The discoloured tap water found at the Basic Military Training Centre (BMTC) on Pulau Tekong last November was due to naturally occurring minerals that accumulated in the water supply network over time, Environment and Water Resources Minister Masagos Zulkifli said in Parliament on Monday (Feb 3).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Laws against sexual offences apply equally to all regardless of background: Amrin Amin
Laws against sexual offences apply to every individual regardless of their income or educational levels, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Home Affairs Amrin Amin said in Parliament on Monday (Feb 3).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Every Singaporean must play their part in fight against coronavirus: Lawrence Wong
The battle against the novel coronavirus requires every Singaporean to play their part, said National Development Minister Lawrence Wong in Parliament on Monday (Feb 3).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore banks have ‘good capital buffers’ to weather coronavirus outbreak: S&P
Singapore banks are likely to suffer weaker loan growth and more volatile earnings in light of the coronavirus outbreak, but are sufficiently equipped with good capital buffers to weather the immediate negative impact, S&P Global Ratings said in a statement on Monday (Feb 3).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Netizens call out Ho Ching’s hand sanitiser alternative for being “high class”
As retail outlets run out of stock of masks and hand sanitisers following increased demand as new cases of the Wuhan novel coronavirus (2019 nCoV) are confirmed in Singapore, Temasek Holdings CEO Ho Ching shared on Thursday (30 January) some alternative options.
— The Online Citizen

Personal data of public complainants disclosed to ‘set the record straight’: Janil Puthucheary
When public complaints or petitions are inaccurate, government agencies may disclose personal data to set the record straight, said Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information Janil Puthucheary on Monday (Feb 3).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Not ‘productive or correct’ to put companies who pay carbon tax under public scrutiny: Masagos
Putting firms under public scrutiny by publishing company-specific data on the amount of carbon tax they are paying is not productive or correct, said Minister for Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli on Monday (Feb 3) in Parliament.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

The Big Read: 17 years on, Singapore puts SARS lessons to the test in fight against Wuhan coronavirus
While the plans are in place and some measures have kicked in, Singapore’s national strategy is still largely untested – since the Wuhan coronavirus is believed to be in its early stages in the Republic, medical experts and SARS veterans said.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Blockchain capital markets platform iSTOX becomes fully licensed
Capital markets platform iSTOX has graduated from the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s (MAS) FinTech Regulatory Sandbox and is now fully licensed.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Sexual offenders do not get away ‘lightly’, no matter their wealth or education level: Amrin Amin
Lee Bee Wah said that the perception was that university students got off more lightly for offences.
— Mothership

Aqua Munda extends debt buyout deadline on back of ‘significant additional concerns’ about Hyflux
Aqua Munda, the little-known investor looking to purchase about S$1.8 billion worth of Hyflux’s debts, has extended the deadline of its offer for the second time.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Carouseller selling S’pore govt-issued surgical masks for S$1 each
The Singapore government is giving out four masks to each of the 1.37 million Singapore households as part of efforts to keep the Wuhan virus at bay.
— Mothership

Man kidnapped in January in Thailand returns to Singapore court to face misappropriation charges
A man, whose kidnapping in Thailand made headlines in January, has appeared in a district court over charges in a case where he allegedly misappropriated more than $320,000 in 2014.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

MCSTs responsible for fire safety measures in condominiums: Sun Xueling
Management Corporation Strate Titles (MCSTs) are responsible for ensuring that all fire safety measures – including fire hose reels – in condominiums are functional, said Home Affairs Senior Parliamentary Secretary Sun Xueling.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Solar panel installation numbers growing at sizzling pace
Solar panels are becoming a hot item here, with the number of installations more than doubling in the last three years.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Alleged drunk teen vandalises safety convex mirror while his friends film the whole incident
Many would say that teen years are meant to be the most fun time in one’s life – embracing the whole concept of living young, wild, and free.
— The Online Citizen

Tiong Bahru now more accessible to wheelchair users
Several enhancements have made the Tiong Bahru-Seng Poh estate more accessible for mobility-challenged people.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

SGH patient displays aggression towards security guard after being denied food
The security guard had to keep the patient at arm’s length, literally.
— Mothership

Underwater ship maintenance firm, assistant supervisor found guilty over death of diver in 2014
An underwater ship maintenance firm and its assistant diving supervisor were found guilty on Monday (Feb 3) of offences linked to the death of a diver who was killed after he was sucked into a pipe opening while underwater.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)


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This week’s Singapore morning news feature photo focuses on the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak.


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Justhine De Guzman Uy completed a Bachelor of Arts Major in Mass Communication at New Era University, Quezon City, the Philippines in 2016

After graduation she worked at the Philippine Broadcasting Service performing transcription and business news writing, before moving to Eagle Broadcasting Corporation where she worked as a news editor, translator and production assistant.

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