Singapore morning news for March 7

Singapore morning news for March 7

Singapore morning news

Perpetrators of SingHealth breach identified as Whitefly in new report
The perpetrators of the cyber attack on SingHealth in July 2018, which saw 1.5 million patient records being stolen has been identified in a new research report by cyber security company, Symantec.
— The Edge Singapore

Help for workers a key focus for Budget debate beginning today
Getting the Singaporean workforce to be more “future-proof” amid technological and economic disruptions will be a key focus for MPs when the debate on this year’s Budget begins on Tuesday (Feb 26).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore hires global hackers to get rid of 26 bugs in govt offices
From December 2018 to the early part of January this year, Singapore suffered from several serious hacking attacks with over 400 hackers trying to penetrate the city-state’s government online sites.
— The Independent

Stratas Advisors Expands its Singapore Office
Stratas Advisors is pleased to announce that it is expanding the scope of its Singapore office.
— AEC News Today/PR Newswire

Secondary school posting from 2024: MOE details range of PSLE scores needed for each scoring band
The Ministry of Education (MOE) has detailed how students going into Secondary 1 from 2024 will be offered subjects and the levels they will be able to take them at.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

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Singapore affirms China’s ‘key market’ status
CHINA will stay a key market for Singapore companies despite slower growth, an Enterprise Singapore official said on Wednesday.
— The Business Times (paywall)

Ageing Singapore: 90-year-old noodle vendor helps keep foodie culture alive
Leong Yuet Meng cannot walk more than 10 meters without assistance. Yet, the frail 90-year-old still runs a wonton noodle stall in downtown Singapore, selling at least 200 bowls on any given day.

Group That Stole Singapore Health Records Persistently Attacked Country
A hacking group behind the theft of millions of health records in Singapore had persistently attacked organizations in the city-state, targeting industries including media, telecommunications, defense and energy, a cybersecurity company said.
— The Wall Street Journal

Singapore to ban partially hydrogenated oils, form of trans fat found in snacks and baked goods
Partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), an ingredient which is a major source of artificial trans fat found in food like margarine, potato chips and fast foods will be banned by the Ministry of Health (MOH), Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Health Amrin Amin said in Parliament on Wednesday.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

What a Singapore Strait traffic jam says about the world economy
Flying into Singapore’s Changi Airport, visitors often remark on the hundreds of vessels, from supertankers to freighters, anchored along the coastline.
— Today Online

Wild boar found dead in illegal trap at Lim Chu Kang cemetery a victim of poaching, says Acres
A wild boar was found dead after it was caught in an illegal poaching trap at the Lim Chu Kang cemetery on Monday (March 4).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore’s Minister for Communications and Information on Digital Push, 5G, Trade
Singapore Minister for Communications and Information S. Iswaran discusses Singapore’s digital transformation push, their plans to spend $222M to spur innovation, their 5G plan, Huawei’s involvement in their 5G plan, the trade talks between the U.S. and China and EU-Singapore trade relations.
— Bloomberg

Temasek-backed Impossible Foods to contest Bill Gates’ Beyond Meat in Singapore
Starting today, blocks of Impossible Foods Inc.’s plant-based meat will be delivered to eight restaurants in Singapore to be made into a variety of cuisine from burgers and ‘meatballs,’ to char kway teow and ‘beef’ Wellington.
— The Edge Singapore

2,400 foreigners in Singapore found to have HIV in last 7 years; most no longer live here
Some 2,400 foreigners in Singapore were found to be HIV-positive in the last seven years, a number that is consistent with earlier trends.
— Straits Times (paywall)

Property moguls top Singapore’s richest: Forbes
A total of 22 Singaporeans made it to Forbes magazine’s list of billionaires for 2019, with real estate tycoons Robert and Philip Ng taking the lead with a net worth of US$12 billion, reported the Straits Times.
— Yahoo News Sg

Singapore set to raise retirement ages as seniors stay healthier
Singapore may raise its retirement and re-employment ages as citizens enjoy more years of good health and demonstrate sustained productivity at work.
— The Edge Singapore

MOH to ban artificial trans fat in cookies and noodles
To cut the risk of cardiovascular disease, the Ministry of Health is planning an outright ban on partially hydrogenated oils (PHO) which are a key source of artificial trans fat.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Volvo to test driverless electric bus in Singapore
Sweden’s Volvo Buses and Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has unveiled a full-size autonomous electric bus for testing this year in the city state.
— Bangkok Post

Critical social service programmes to receive S$580 million over 4 years
The social service sector is set to receive more sustained funding support for programmes for vulnerable groups, through a S$580 million commitment from the Tote Board.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

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More than 250 jobs up for grabs at Startup Career Fair tomorrow
Singapore’s biggest Startup Career Fair happening on Thursday, Mar 7, will see more than 60 startups offerings more than 250 full-time, part-time, and internship positions.
— The Edge Singapore

Govt says there’s no need to revise CPF payout mechanism as they send yearly reminder letters
A representative for the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) pointed to the fact that the Government sends annual reminder letters to Central Provident Fund (CPF) members after they turn 65, as he defended the contentious CPF payout mechanism.
— The Independent

Singapore may experience burning smell, slight haze due to 3 Johor hotspots: NEA
Singapore may experience a burning smell and slight haze over the next few days due to three hotspots in southern Johor, the National Environment Agency (NEA) said on Wednesday (Mar 6).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

In what capacity did Ivy Ng sign documents at MINDEF submarine launch event?
The Ministry of Defence launched Singapore Navy’s First Type 218SG Submarine last month, on 18 February 2019.
— The Independent

‘Heaps’ of flammable items impeded firefighting efforts at Bedok HDB flat
About 50 residents were evacuated from a Bedok North Housing Board block after a fire broke out in a unit on Wednesday afternoon (March 6).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

PM Lee wrote that he’ll “listen to all ideas” to make Singapore’s education better, so netizens start weighing in
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong posted a link to the announcement in Parliament on Tuesday of Education Minister Ong Ye Kung concerning the phasing out of secondary school streaming by 2024.
— The Independent

Ms Teo: Govt, unions and employers all agree retirement, re-employment ages of elderly should be raised
In Parliament today (5 Mar), Manpower Minister Josephine Teo told Parliament that the Government, unions and employers have all agreed to raise the retirement age beyond 62 and re-employment age beyond 67.
— The Online Citizen

MAS sets up technology group, makes senior management changes
THE Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) on Wednesday announced new senior management changes and the setting up of a technology group (TG) to drive the central bank’s digital transformation.
— The Business Times

Fires in Johor still the likely cause of lingering burning smell in Singapore; third hot spot found
Fires in Johor continue to be the likely culprit behind the lingering burning smell here, with a third hot spot detected by the National Environment Agency (NEA).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Residents can soon book neighbourhood facilities, get parking receipts on MSO’s OneService app
The Municipal Services Office (MSO) will introduce new features to its OneService app from this year, which will make it more convenient for residents to perform simple transactions and engage one another, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu said on Wednesday (Mar 6).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

What Investors Should Know About Share Buybacks by Singapore-Listed Companies in February 2019
In February 2019, 15 companies repurchased 20 million shares or units for S$32 million.
— The Motley Fool

NUH clinic director fined $50,000 for revealing patient’s confidential medical condition to impostor
The director of the Neuroscience Clinic at the National University Hospital (NUH) has been fined $50,000 for breaching medical confidentiality.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Don’t know what to eat? Let TabSquare personalise your menu
It was a busy lunchtime crowd at the OLDTOWN White Coffee restaurant at Suntec City Mall.
— The Edge Singapore

Calvin Cheng gets riled up at SDP: Our education system is based on the Brits, does Chee Soon Juan want to claim credit for that too?
Following the announcement by Education Minister Ong Ye Kung to abolish secondary school streaming in 2024, there was much approval from the public.
— The Independent

S’pore signed a water agreement with Indonesia in 1991, but it never came to pass
Changing domestic circumstances in Indonesia disrupted the project.
— Mothership

Former Sabah chief minister charged over $54 mil illegal funds
Former Sabah chief minister Tan Sri Musa Aman claimed trial yesterday to 16 counts of money laundering involving US$37.8 million ($51.2 million) and $2.5 million in the Sessions Court here.
— The Edge Singapore

Having children and raising them properly and responsibly is a marathon race
I refer to the news that Josephine Teo has called on young people to tell her government what is it that they want in order to have more children. I am not optimistic.
— The Online Citizen

Train disruption along DTL on Wednesday morning
The Downtown Line (DTL) train service was disrupted this morning (6 March) due to signaling fault, according to a later statement tweeted by SBS Transit. The train delay occurred since about 8am until after 9am.
— The Online Citizen

350 companies still on MOM watch list for unfairly hiring foreigners over Singaporeans
There are still 350 companies on the government watch list of entities that unfairly hire foreigners over Singaporeans, said Minister of Manpower Josephine Teo during the debate in parliament on MOM’s budget on 5 March.
— The Online Citizen

Singapore’s gender wage gap widened in 2018
Singapore has one of the world’s strongest economies and richest populations. However, it’s gender wage gap grew in 2018. We explored potential causes of the gap and this recent trend. Singapore’s economy is a world leader in many respects.
— The Online Citizen

SDP claims credit for proposing that streaming be scrapped in schools
Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) issued a statement concerning a decision announced yesterday by the Education Minister Ong Ye Kung to abandon streaming in schools by 2024.
— The Independent

Govt: No need for automatic CPF payouts at 65 cause we send reminder letters every year after 65
The Manpower Ministry replied in ST Forum today telling Singaporeans essentially the PAP government’s usual stand of not having automatic CPF payouts at age 65 (‘CPF payout: Decision can be made any time from age 65’, 6 Mar).
— The Online Citizen

Worker outcomes tied to grant funding need not be wage increases: Koh Poh Koon
THE tying of worker outcomes to grant funding will take place via a “flexible engagement” between Enterprise Singapore and firms, and may not necessarily take the form of wage increases, Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry Koh Poh Koon told media on Wednesday morning.
— The Business Times

Court of Appeal increases suspension for negligent doctor by 10 times
The Court of Appeal on Wednesday (Mar 6) increased the term of suspension for a negligent doctor whose patient later suffered Fournier’s Gangrene and had to have part of his scrotum removed.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

TISG retracts two articles which contained allegations against NTUC Foodfare
The Independent Singapore, a socio-political website has decided to retract two articles that made allegations against NTUC Foodfare Co-Operative; the food-centre operator at Changi Terminal 4.
— The Online Citizen

Tourism leaders called to break down silos in the industry
It is time to break down the silos in the tourism industry.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)


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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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