Singapore morning news for May 6

Singapore morning news for May 6
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Singapore morning newsJobless PMET was allegedly bullied by foreign colleagues due to his mental condition
A Singaporean has alleged that he was bullied by his foreign colleagues at his previous workplaces due to his mental condition.
— The Independent

UOB says Singapore home loans flat, with growth coming from region
UNITED Overseas Bank is the second Singapore lender to feel the sting of last year’s property cooling measures.
— The Business Times

Higher costs, longer waits for patients with MOH and S’pore Dental Council’s proposal: Dentists’ organisation
The Health Ministry and Singapore Dental Council’s (SDC) proposal that may require dentists to receive further training for “higher risk” procedures could raise costs for patients and compromise their treatment, said a non-profit organisation for Singapore dentists in general practice.
— Today Online

Foreign workers using residents’ private address to hide their stay in illegal dorms
There have been nearly 500 reports of private addresses being falsely used as foreign workers’ home addresses in the past five months, MOM said yesterday (2 May).
— The Online Citizen

Singapore starts giving out tamper-resistant certificates on ETH blockchain
Education Minister Ong Ye Kung has announced that tamper-resistant digital certificates will be distributed from this year to students graduating from secondary schools, junior colleges, and tertiary institutions, reports Channel News Asia.
— Chepicap

HDB unveils plans for new park in Bidadari estate
A new park will be developed to form a “green lung” in the upcoming Bidadari estate, the Housing and Development Board (HDB) announced on Sunday (May 5).
— CNA  (very annoying popups)

DPM Heng happy to stay in Finance Ministry, says defence stint not critical for top job
Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) Heng Swee Keat is content with his finance portfolio — among other responsibilities — as he understudies Mr Lee Hsien Loong, despite some analysts previously pointing out that a future Prime Minister should be exposed to the defence portfolio.
— Today Online

S’poreans more liberal towards homosexuality compared with five years ago, IPS survey finds
Singaporeans have become more liberal towards homosexuality over the last five years, with a paper by the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) showing “distinct shifts” in attitudes — especially among the young — towards gay sex and gay marriage.
— Today Online

Singapore to send RM106mil back to Malaysia
Singaporean authorities are preparing to return about S$35mil (RM106mil) surrendered by former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. banker Roger Ng and his family in connection with the 1MDB scandal to Malaysia, according to people familiar with the matter.
— The Star Online

Home Affairs and Law Minister Shanmugam commends Anwar Ibrahim on his oratory skills
The singing of praises of a Malaysian leader by a Singapore fire-brand politician is rare. But, Anwar Ibrahim got deserved pats-on-the-back from K. Shanmugam when he was in town as a conference guest speaker.
— The Independent

Why locals in Singapore are buying more homes now than they have in the past decade
Domestic buyers accounted for the largest percentage of home purchases in Singapore in a decade, signaling local confidence in the future of the island nation.
— The Real Deal

Buses with rooftop gardens to ply Singapore’s roads
Buses with rooftop gardens will begin plying Singapore’s roads, as part of an initiative to study possible energy and cost savings for bus operators.
— CNA  (very annoying popups)

Shanmugam sounds reasonable but his government’s record is not encouraging
Sometimes, who says it is as important as what is being said. Law Minister K Shanmugam was at his most reasonable when he spoke on what both interviewer and interviewee must have agreed are the key issues regarding POFMA in an interview (May 4) with The Straits Times.
— The Independent

From lab to table
On a Wednesday evening in March, hundreds of people showed up at Lau Pa Sat, the food centre in the heart of Singapore’s Central Business District, to try a new kind of patty.
— The Edge Singapore

NUS ramps up security, covers bathroom gaps in wake of voyeurism saga
The National University of Singapore (NUS) has begun to cover gaps in shower cubicles, increased the number of security guards at hostels and started installing new locks at the entrances of restrooms in hostels.
— Today Online

S’pore govt gives citizenship to PRC whose company involved in bribery scandal in China
It has been reported that a Chinese pharmaceutical billionaire Zhao Tao who got his daughter into Stanford University with the help of US$6.5 million payment turns out to be a new citizen of Singapore, holding a Singapore passport.
— The Online Citizen

Overseas commercial and industrial assets, data centres, student housing on radar of Singapore investors: CBRE
SINGAPORE investors’ interest in commercial and industrial assets overseas is expected to remain strong, with the export of capital to continue this year amid tight yields in the domestic market, according to CBRE.
— The Business Times

Singapore’s SGX mulls triple listing of steel derivatives
Singapore Exchange Ltd (SGX) is considering a triple listing of steel derivatives, aiming to offer investors easier access to the highly fragmented ferrous market via a single platform, a senior executive said.
— CNA  (very annoying popups)

Engaging with Belt and Road Initiative
Last week, Chinese President Xi Jinping did some fine-tuning to the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) at the global conference in Beijing.
— The Edge Singapore

Some dentists unhappy over proposal on further certification for ‘higher risk’ procedures
A proposal that could mean dentists in general practice will require further training and certification for “higher risk” procedures such as implants and wisdom teeth surgery has left some of them up in arms.
— Today Online

Singapore keen to hire people with disabilities in food delivery industry
Are Singaporean companies ready to hire people with disabilities? It seems, they now are. Reflecting this trend are three food delivery companies that employ persons with disabilities not just as office clerks or desk assistants but also as food delivery crew.
— The Independent

Commentary: Why Jewel Changi Airport should be enjoyed in person – not through a smartphone
Technology can make our lives better so why is it making us sadder and lonelier instead? IMD Business School Professor Howard Yu dives into the issues surrounding Big Tech.
— CNA  (very annoying popups)

Facebook’s fact-checking programme extends to Singapore in collaboration with AFP
Facebook users in Singapore will now be among some 2.38 billion users worldwide to benefit from a fact-checking programme as the tech giant expands the initiative to the Republic on Thu (2 May).
— The Online Citizen

International human rights NGO condemns fine issued to Jolovan Wham for contempt of court
International human rights NGO, Front Line Defenders (FLD), has condemned the S$5,000 fine issued to local community worker Jolovan Wham for contempt of court.
— The Independent

More secure shower cubicles, guards as NUS steps up security on campus
The National University of Singapore (NUS) is taking measures to step up campus safety including making shower cubicles more secure and increasing the number of guards at its hostels.
— CNA  (very annoying popups)

Beyond rich: Billion-dollar faux meat movement overlooks the hungry half
On May 2, the maker of what is essentially fake meat raised US$241 million ($328.36 million) in an IPO on Nasdaq.
— The Edge Singapore

Benefits tagged to debit cards can help with savings
Even though credit cards usually get the most attention in credit-card-crazy Singapore, debit cards offer more benefits than you might expect and provide hidden advantages as well. Choosing the right one can help your finances.
— Today Online

Dr Tan Cheng Bock spent May Day with Singaporeans of all ages at community futsal tournament
Leader of the Progress Singapore Party, Dr Tan Cheng Bock spent the May Day public holiday with Singaporeans of all ages at a community futsal tournament at the Bukit Purmei Hillock Futsal Court.
— The Independent

Muslims in Singapore to mark start of Ramadan on May 6
Muslims in Singapore will usher in the holy month of Ramadan on Monday (May 6), kicking off a month of fasting.
— CNA  (very annoying popups)

Minister Khaw awarded NTUC’s Medal of Honour by 4G Minister Ng
It was reported that Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan has been given the National Trade Union Congress (NTUC)’s most prestigious award, the Medal of Honour, by Minister-in-PMO Ng Chee Meng, who is a 4th generation PAP leader and current Secretary General of NTUC.
— The Online Citizen

Sultan gives consent to hand over land for Johor-Singapore RTS project
Johor Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar consented to handing over his land in Bukit Chagar to the Malaysian government for the Johor Bahru-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS) project, his confidential secretary said in a statement on Saturday (May 4).
— CNA  (very annoying popups)

Start-ups and big companies using blockchain to help fight conflict minerals
Tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold, often grouped together in mining industry jargon as 3TG, are vitally important to the industrial economy, used in high-tech products from smartphones to jets.
— The Edge Singapore

New 10 hectare Bidadari Park to be completed in 2022
Residents of Bidadari estate can look forward to a new regional park in 2022, announced the Housing and Development Board (HDB) on Sunday (May 5).
— Today Online


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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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