Singapore morning news for December 20

Singapore morning news for December 20
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52% of S’poreans feel migration causes crime rate to go up: Survey
More than half of Singaporeans feel migrant workers threaten country’s culture & heritage.
— Mothership

N-Level results: 77% of students make it to Sec 5, pass rates remain the same
More than three-quarters of N-level students will make it to Secondary 5 this year, as the percentage of those who passed remained the same, authorities said on Thursday (Dec 19).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

New Traffic Police BMW motorbikes to hit the road from April
Road users will start seeing new police motorcycles next year, as Traffic Police rolls out a new fleet of BMW bikes.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

No more surprises: How UCARE helps hospitals estimate patients’ bills more accurately
Using AI and machine learning algorithms, UCARE predicts a patient’s bill size based on various parameters.
— e27

Hyflux plot takes another twist with new debt offer
THE unexpected entry of a new player has added yet another twist to the Hyflux plot, and may unsettle the rescue package currently on the table for the beleaguered water treatment and utilities company.
— The Business Times

Singapore High Commissioner to UK rebuts Economist article on fake news law
Ms Foo Chi Hsia said the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act does not limit free speech, but enhances the quality of public discourse.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore firm Avation buys plane with $30 million green loan
Aircraft leasing company Avation has taken out a green loan from Deutsche Bank to finance its purchase of an ATR 72-600 plane.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Police NSF accused of insulting woman’s modesty at HQ of Police K-9 Unit
A police full-time national serviceman (NSF) has been hauled to court for allegedly placing his phone at the top of a cubicle door in a woman’s toilet, with its camera lens pointing towards a woman.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

New programme launched to help manufacturing sector adopt new tech
More help is on the horizon to help manufacturing companies and workers transition to Industry 4.0.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

When will the EBRC release its findings on electoral boundaries for the next GE?
In September, the Elections Department announced that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had convened the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee (EBRC) to review Singapore’s electoral boundaries ahead of the general election (GE) which must be held by 15 April 2021.
— The Online Citizen

Singapore property investment volume ‘respectable’ despite 31.8% drop in 2019: CBRE
Total real estate investment volume in Singapore fell 31.8 per cent to $22.83 billion as at Dec 13, the lowest volume since 2016, according to CBRE on Thursday (Dec 19).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore-based RedDoorz in talks with Indonesian government for property management deal
Indonesia is exploring a potential deal with Singapore-based hotel and booking start-up RedDoorz and India’s Oyo to manage some state-owned properties in a bid to improve returns, a government spokesman said.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

More than 5 years’ jail for man linked to case of stolen gas oil worth over $200m
Between 2016 until his arrest in January last year, Doan Xuan Than earned between US$70,000 and US$90,000 after committing the offences.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S’porean woman who hid cocaine in passport arrested for attempted drug smuggling in Bali
A Singaporean woman who tried to hide drugs in her passport was amongst those arrested upon arrival for drug smuggling to the island of Bali in the past two months.
— Mothership

More women directors in Singapore companies but number still lags global average: MSCI
An annual report by the provider of a widely-followed stock market index found that Singapore-listed companies have more female directors but are still behind the global average.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

New Year countdown event at Marina Bay area to feature 90min-long musical with fireworks and 500 drones
A musical from Japan involving fireworks and 500 drones will make its debut on New Year’s eve at The Float @ Marina Bay, a 90-minute long show that will also involve pyrotechnics, unicyclists and ballet dancers.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Commentary: Why success should not be the only factor in deciding what is Singapore’s national sport
What makes something a national sport? Though swimming has won us the most gold, surely football is the sport that has captured our hearts in Singapore.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

This man removed his stomach after a genetic test so he won’t get cancer
STo an onlooker, Alex (not his real name) would appear to be a fussy eater who prefers to have smaller, more frequent meals.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Life after Permata: What’s next for Singapore banks in their M&A strategy?
SINGAPORE’S Big Three banks are likely to persist in their quest for growth in the coming year through potential mergers and acquisitions (M&A), even as OCBC and DBS recently bowed out of the race for Indonesian lender Permata after much fanfare.
— The Business Times

Greener and deeper S’pore in the works, with more vibrant CBD
Plans for a greener and deeper Singapore were unveiled by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) at a Draft Master Plan exhibition in March.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Prison ceremony helps inmates sever gang ties
Behind the walls of Changi Prison, a ceremony takes place that is not often talked about because of the implications for its participants.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

A look back at housing in 2019: Making it easier for first-timers to buy HDB flats
Owning their first Housing Board home became easier for Singaporeans after several key policy changes were made to improve affordability for first-time home buyers.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Blockchain payment network Terra expands to Singapore with former Uber exec in leadership
Terra, blockchain payment network that offers a price-stable cryptocurrency, has marked its expansion to Singapore with the appointment of Rahul Abrol -Uber’s former APAC Head of Strategy- as Head of International and Strategy.
— e27

Nee Soon MP Lee Bee Wah shares vintage wedding photo on anniversary day
You probably know Member of Parliament for Nee Soon GRC, Lee Bee Wah, as the one who voices out on municipal issues actively both in Parliament and on her Facebook page.
— Mothership

Activist Gilbert Goh raises over S$10,000 via his crowdfunding campaign to help children in need pay off backlogged school fees
Founder of and activist Gilbert Goh has managed to raise over S$10,000 via his crowdfunding campaign to help children in need to pay off their school fees arrears, which will allow them to collect their public examination result certificates.
— The Online Citizen

Despite her struggles with rare genetic disorder, N-level student gets into optician course at ITE
About two years ago when she was 14 years old, Jerlyn Loh suffered from migraines which were often triggered by sharp or loud sounds and bright lights.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Pasir Ris trail opens as part of National Heritage Board move to bring heritage to the heartland
A popular seaside getaway for Singaporeans now, Pasir Ris coast used to be a private enclave for the British elite during colonial days.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Practice of withholding results slips should be reviewed: Ong Ye Kung
The practice of withholding original Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) results slips over unpaid school fees should be reviewed, said Education Minister Ong Ye Kung in response to a recent online petition.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Teams to play for US$1 million prize pool in major pro e-sports tournament in Singapore
Some of the best e-sports teams in the world will come to Singapore in June next year to play for a prize pool of US$1 million in the final qualifying tournament of the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC), organisers announced on Wednesday (Dec 18).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Off-duty cop subdues attacker who hit him with knuckle duster
Despite being injured after he was punched by a man wielding a knuckle duster, an off-duty police officer went after his assailant and subdued him.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Following its recent debut in Singapore, Revolut launches Metal Visa card in the market
Global fintech company Revolut, in partnership with Visa, today announced the launch of its exclusive metal card in the Singapore market.
— e27

The low-income women who are baking in change into their lives, together
Since the start of an initiative to enhance the skills of bakers in rental communities, the women involved have found support from one another, extra money during the festive season and new possibilities for the future.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

OCBC adds two senior executives to management committee
OCBC Bank has added two senior leaders to its 24-member management committee, the lender said in a media statement on Thursday (Dec 19).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore’s Puma Energy to sell fuels business to Chevron Australia for $395.8m
Singapore’s Puma Energy, the retail and midstream arm of global commodities trader Trafigura , said on Thursday it would sell its Australian commercial and retail fuels business to Chevron Australia for A$425 million (S$395.8 million).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

PropertyGuru CEO vows comeback after Australia IPO flop
In late October, PropertyGuru’s board huddled with investment bankers from Credit Suisse Group, UBS Group and others to discuss the Singapore start-up’s impending initial public offering (IPO).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Bank officer took $35,000 from three people while on bail
Already caught for cheating, a 25-year-old man went rogue while out on police bail last year.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man fined after submitting forged poly certificates as he was ‘desperate’ to gain a place at university
A man repeatedly submitted forged polytechnic certificates to the Singapore Institute of Management (SIM) University – which was later renamed Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) – as he wanted to gain a place to study there.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Police arrest PMD rider who allegedly assaulted pedestrian at walkway in Yio Chu Kang
A 24-year-old male personal mobility device (PMD) rider was arrested by the police on Tuesday (Dec 17) for allegedly assaulting a pedestrian after an argument at a walkway inYio Chu Kang Road.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

SMU student who filmed colleague in toilet during internship given short detention order
While on internship at a company, a Singapore Management University (SMU) student decided to take upskirt videos of his colleagues as he was curious to see whether he would derive pleasure from watching them.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)


Feature photo Migrant Workers’ Centre

This week’s Singapore morning news feature photo focuses on International Migrants Day, December 18.


Find our previous morning news feature photos in the AEC News Today Morning News Feature Photos gallery where you will find a pictorial display of daily life throughout the Asean Economic Community (AEC).



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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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