Singapore morning news for July 6

Singapore morning news for July 6

Singapore morning news

May retail sales hit all-time low; industry hoping for rebound
SINGAPORE retailers crashed to an all-time low in May, as revenue was more than halved on the year before.
— The Business Times

Singapore May visitor arrivals plummet to just 880
SINGAPORE had just 880 visitor arrivals in May 2020, as the country remained closed to short-term visitors to stem the risk of importing Covid-19 during the second month of its “circuit breaker” period.
— The Business Times

COVID-19: Cinemas can reopen on Jul 13 with maximum of 50 patrons per hall
Cinemas in Singapore can reopen from Jul 13, with up to 50 patrons in each cinema hall among other safe distancing measures.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore’s Next Generation Island Defence
The Next Generation Island Defence operating concept will enhance the SAF’s readiness and capability to undertake more complex homeland security operations.
— OpenGov

After Wirecard review, Singapore launches probe into Citadelle, Senjo Group
Singapore authorities said they launched an investigation into Citadelle Corporate Services, Senjo Group and its subsidiaries after scrutinising collapsed German payments firm Wirecard’s (WDIG.DE) local operations.
— Reuters

MOH preliminarily confirms 136 new cases of COVID-19 infection; Total tally at 44,800
As of Sunday noon (5 July), the Ministry of Health (MOH) has preliminarily confirmed an additional 136 cases of COVID-19 infection in Singapore.
— The Online Citizen

Singapore GE2020: Very unlikely that opposition can form the government, says Tan Cheng Bock
It is very unlikely that Singapore’s opposition parties will form the government on July 10, said Progress Singapore Party chief Tan Cheng Bock, saying that the warning of a freak election from Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing was a ploy to scare voters.
— Straits Times

Factories reopened in June, but weak global demand continues to hurt
SINGAPORE factories were set to ramp up activity in June as a two-month “circuit breaker” ended, an early sentiment gauge has suggested.
— The Business Times

Light disruption: Singapore uni spin-off develops tech to disinfect and preserve food and surfaces
A new light technology touted as a chemical-free ‘disruptor’ to the food preservation and disinfection has been created by a spin-off from the National University of Singapore (NUS).
— Food Navigator- Asia

Singapore GE2020: ICA system glitch means 101 overseas S’poreans unable to vote
Some overseas Singaporeans will not get to vote in the general election as a result of a glitch in the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority’s (ICA) system.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

GE2020: ‘Wrong and irresponsible’ of PAP govt to call elections now, says Tan Cheng Bock
It is “wrong and irresponsible” of the People Action Party (PAP) for calling an election in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic and putting Singaporeans’ lives at risk, Progress Singapore Party (PSP) chief Tan Cheng Bock said on Sunday, as he called for a national debate on the ruling party’s handling of the crisis.
— The Business Times

Coronavirus: 2-year-old Singaporean girl among 18 new community cases
The 17 other community cases reported on Sunday comprise five Singaporeans and permanent residents, two work pass holders and 10 work permit holders.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

What if Singaporeans wake up to a 93-0 scoreline on July 11?
The Workers’ Party has been warning that a wipeout – the People’s Action Action having a clean sweep of all 93 seats – is a real possibility.
— The Online Citizen

Over 6,600 fines issued for flouting Covid-19 rules
Over 6,600 fines have been issued to people who broke rules meant to keep people here safe from Covid-19, said the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR) on Friday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Lawyer Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss questions the “one-time assistance of S$500” featured on PAP’s Marine Parade GRC candidate’s flyers
Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss, a lawyer and former member of the Singapore People’s Party (SPP) took to Facebook on Friday (3 July) to question the flyers being handed out by People’s Action Party (PAP) Marine Parade GRC candidate Edwin Tong which features a “one-time assistance of $500”.
— The Online Citizen

PAP’s Masagos Zulkifli wrongly refers to Lee Hsien Yang as Singapore’s PM during Tampines GRC e-rally
People’s Action Party (PAP) Masagos Zulkifli made a verbal gaffe on Friday (3 July) night during a GE2020 e-rally when he mistakenly named Lee Hsien Yang as the country’s Prime Minister instead of Lee Hsien Loong.
— The Online Citizen

Visitors at attractions again – with safety measures in place
Attractions such as Universal Studios Singapore (USS) and the Singapore Zoo buzzed with visitors once again yesterday, with a slew of safety measures in place.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Lee Hsien Yang suggests that gov’t COVID-19 task force should have been led by an infectious diseases specialist instead of politicians
“Perhaps the Multi Ministry Task Force should have been led by an infectious disease specialist, or at least a doctor instead of being driven by politicians,” said PSP’s Lee Hsien Yang on his Facebook page on Friday (3 July).
— The Online Citizen

IMDA to roll out parcel locker network by end-2021
A NATIONWIDE network of parcel lockers slated to be fully rolled out by end-2022 will be ready one year ahead of schedule, the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) announced on Friday.
— The Business Times

SDP details its RESTART programme that supports retrenched workers
The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) took to its official Facebook page on Friday (3 July) to explain its RESTART programme, which is a part of the party’s “Four Yes, 1 No” GE campaign.
— The Online Citizen

GE2020: In Marine Parade broadcast, PAP highlights infrastructure development; WP says it’s now better prepared to run town council
The People’s Action Party (PAP) and the Workers’ Party (WP) delivered their constituency political broadcasts for the Marine Parade GRC on Sunday (Jul 5).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Sickly sweet: Drinks makers turn the anti-sugar tide in their favour
THE market for lower-sugar drinks is set to boom in Singapore as the war on sugar continues – even though consumers here still have a dangerous appetite for sugary goods. Not to be left behind, players up and down the value chain are looking to ride the waistline-friendly, anti-sugar wave.
— The Business Times

More than 16,000 jobs, training opportunities available at first SGUnited Jobs and Skills fair
More than 16,000 jobs, traineeships and skills training opportunities were available at the inaugural SGUnited Jobs and Skills Fair on Friday (Jul 3).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

GE2020: Election posters on lamp posts within West Coast Town Council removed for public safety reasons: ELD
Election posters put up on lamp posts within certain premises of West Coast Town Council were removed for public safety reasons as they were placed in areas where high traffic volume was expected, the Elections Department (ELD) said on Friday (Jul 3).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

PAP’s Lawrence Wong: SDP’s Paul Tambyah’s remarks on MOM’s advisory to employers were baseless and false; netizens cited ST’s report to support Paul Tambyah
The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) chairman Paul Tambyah’s allegations of the Ministry of Manpower (MOM)’s advisory to employers about testing migrant workers for the COVID-19 were “baseless and false”, said the People’s Action Party (PAP)’s candidate Lawrence Wong on Sunday (5 July).
— The Online Citizen

Old HDB flat prices fall further since Wong said these flats still have “value” in them
Three years ago in March 2017, National Development Minister Lawrence Wong dropped a bombshell by warning Singaporeans not to assume that all old HDB flats will automatically be eligible for the Selective En bloc Redevelopment Scheme (Sers).
— The Online Citizen

GE2020: Sengkang residents concerned about jobs and development of town, says Ng Chee Meng
Residents are most concerned about jobs and the development of Sengkang town, and the People’s Action Party (PAP) team has the “experience” and “track record” to serve them, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Ng Chee Meng on Sunday evening (Jul 5).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

GE2020: In MacPherson broadcast, PAP’s Tin Pei Ling says COVID-19 strengthened her resolve to help others; PPP’s Goh Meng Seng outlines ‘policy flaws’
The People’s Action Party’s (PAP) Tin Pei Ling and the People’s Power Party’s (PPP) Goh Meng Seng delivered their constituency political broadcasts for MacPherson SMC on Sunday (Jul 5).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

CNY trip ends up as longest return home for overseas Singaporean
Overseas Singaporean comes home to celebrate CNY but gets caught out by Covid travel restrictions
— The Pride

GE2020: In Kebun Baru, PAP’s Henry Kwek wants to prioritise jobs and elderly; PSP’s Kumaran Pillai says it is ‘time to change direction’
The People’s Action Party’s (PAP) Henry Kwek and the Progress Singapore Party’s (PSP) Kumaran Pillai delivered their constituency political broadcasts for the Kebun Baru SMC on Sunday (Jul 5).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

GE2020: In Jurong GRC, PAP commits to fairer, more inclusive society; RDU pushes for good jobs, more choices for people
In their constituency political broadcasts, the People’s Action Party (PAP) team in Jurong GRC pointed to how they listen to residents’ views and try to solve their problems, while Red Dot United (RDU) pledged to address concerns over jobs and job security.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Buying homes not only about buying property, but having a “stake” in the country: WP candidate Fadli Fawzi, on making public housing available to young adults
Buying a house is not just about buying a piece of property – it is also about buying oneself “a stake in the country”, said lawyer Fadli Fawzi.
— The Online Citizen

GE2020: SDP made ‘false and baseless allegations’ on Government’s handling of COVID-19, says Lawrence Wong
The Singapore Democratic Party’s (SDP) comments on how the Government has handled the COVID-19 pandemic are “baseless and false allegations”, said Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong on Sunday (Jul 5).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

GE2020: NSP’s Spencer Ng questions how many ‘quality’ new jobs created
The National Solidarity Party’s (NSP) secretary-general Spencer Ng has questioned how many of the 100,000 jobs the Government is creating as part of COVID-19 recovery measures are quality jobs.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Use of preschoolers and primary school students: Doesn’t PAP’s Sun Xueling violate the Parliamentary Elections Act too?
A two and the half minute political campaign video showed multiple scenes where children of preschool and primary school age were engaged in the introductory video of the People’s Action Party (PAP) candidate Sun Xueling.
— The Online Citizen

Lights, camera, Singapore: More of your fave local films are now available for free
Watch a whole slate of Singapore films including Dick Lee’s Wonder Boy, Raihan Halim’s Banting and Wee Lilin’s Gone Shopping on Channel 5 and meWATCH.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

GE2020: Employers need to ensure enough jobs for Singaporeans to help economy recover, says Ong Ye Kung
All employers – including the public service – have to make sure there are enough vacancies, traineeships and on-the-job opportunities for Singaporeans, Education Minister Ong Ye Kung said on Sunday (Jul 5).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Bukit Panjang SMC political broadcast: SDP and PAP candidates’ differing points on LRT construction
While speaking at the first constituency political broadcast for Bukit Panjang SMC, Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) and People’s Action Party (PAP) voiced contrasting points on the construction of LRT at the area.
— The Online Citizen

NCMP scheme a ‘stabiliser’ for sampan-sized Singapore, says Goh Chok Tong
The Non-Constituency Member of Parliament (NCMP) scheme is a “stabiliser” for Singapore’s electoral system, former Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong said on Saturday (Jul 4) in a Facebook post.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

GE2020: AHTC finances are healthy; no possibility of opposition government this election, says Pritam Singh
The finances of the Aljunied-Hougang Town Council (AHTC) are healthy and the Workers’ Party (WP) has produced a newsletter to explain its financial position to residents, said party chief Pritam Singh on Saturday (Jul 4).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

NUS Prof who says PAP will wipeout opposition explains why it can win public support in book
NUS Prof Bilveer Singh who recently gave an interview said that PAP will entirely wipe out opposition in this GE (‘Experts say PAP will wipe out entire opposition in upcoming GE 2020’, 3 Jul).
— The Online Citizen

GE2020: PAP says it is ‘disappointed’ with SDP over 10 million population falsehood
The People’s Action Party (PAP) said on Friday (Jun 3) it was “disappointed” with the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) and its chief Chee Soon Juan for repeating a claim that the Government wants to increase Singapore’s population to 10 million people.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

PV’s Lim Tean urges S’poreans to not give in to PAP’s “fear-mongering” during GE
During the Peoples Voice (PV) Facebook Live broadcast hosted by Lim Tean on Friday (3 July), he criticised that there had not been enough time to campaign for the upcoming General Election (GE) since this would be the final weekend.
— The Online Citizen

In Aljunied, PAP homes in on residents’ welfare; WP focuses on its constructive role in Parliament
IN THE constituency political broadcasts for the Aljunied GRC on Friday night, the challengers spoke mostly of the welfare of residents in the constituency, while the incumbents focused on the constructive role they could play in Parliament.
— The Business Times

GE2020: Difficult journey to win one-third of seats but balanced Parliament is important, says WP’s Pritam Singh
As part of its long-term dream for Singapore to have a healthy democracy with two or three political parties forming a Government, the Workers’ Party (WP) said it continues to believe that at least one-third of the seats in Parliament should be in the hands of the opposition.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

GE2020: 3 biggest opposition parties could be ‘replacement for the Government’ by coming together, says Chan Chun Sing
The three biggest opposition parties could possibly become a replacement for the Government if they join forces, the People’s Action Party’s (PAP) Chan Chun Sing said at a dialogue session on Thursday evening (Jul 2).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Two police reports lodged against WP’s Raeesah Khan over alleged comments on race
Two police reports were lodged over the weekend against Raeesah Khan, the Workers’ Party (WP) candidate for Sengkang GRC, with regard to comments allegedly made by her on social media.
— The Online Citizen

GE2020: NSP is ready to run a town council if elected, says vice president Mohd Ridzwan
The National Solidarity Party (NSP) is ready to run a town council should they be elected, said party vice president Mohd Ridzwan on Friday (Jul 3).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

POFMA Office instructed to issue correction directions to CNA, Online Citizen Asia, NUSS and New Naratif over Paul Tambyah comments
The Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA) Office has been instructed to issue correction directions to four organisations, including CNA, on Sunday (Jul 5).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

CIMB alleges ‘suspicious’ Hontop Energy oil deals with BP
Singapore’s High Court has appointed an independent supervisor to oversee the restructuring of trader Hontop Energy.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Netizens criticise the PAP’s elitist mindset after candidate Fahmi Aliman made a remark over helping senior “upgrade from dishwasher to cleaner”
A People’s Action Party (PAP) candidate was criticized by the netizens over his “elitist” remark about employment for older Singaporeans during the Straight Talk with PAP held on Thursday (2 July).
— The Online Citizen

WP’s Pritam Singh and Sylvia Lim receives warm welcome along side with WP team at Marine Parade GRC
Meeting and greeting the residents at Marine Terrace Market and Food Centre on Saturday morning (4 July), the Workers’ Party’s (WP) secretary-general Pritam Singh and chairman Sylvia Lim were received with enthusiasm.
— The Online Citizen

First SMU law dean, a mentor to generations of students, dies at 87
Tributes have poured in for the first dean of Singapore Management University’s School of Law, Professor Michael Furmston, who died last Sunday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

GE2020: Age is no issue, says PAP’s youngest candidate Nadia Samdin
While she has been campaigning at a ward with many elderly people, age has not been an issue, said Nadia Samdin, the youngest of the People’s Action Party’s candidates in this General Election.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Man arrested for damaging PAP election posters in Woodlands
A 48-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly damaging People’s Action Party (PAP) election posters around Woodlands Street 13.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Woodlands double-murder: Ex-property agent was provoked and had depression, says defence
A former property agent killed his pregnant wife and four-year-old daughter because he lost it after being provoked when his wife belittled him in front of the girl, his lawyer argued in the High Court on Friday (July 3).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S’porean teens organise virtual concert for local children’s cancer charity
S’porean teens organise virtual concert to raise funds for local children’s cancer charity
— The Pride

Police conducting review on alleged abuse of young child with autism by therapist
The Singapore Police Force on Friday (Jul 3) said it was aware of an online post accusing an applied behavioural analysis therapist of abusing a young child with autism, and that a review is being conducted.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)



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