Singapore morning news for May 27

Singapore morning news for May 27
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Singapore warns of worst economic contraction since independence
Singapore’s embattled economy could shrink by as much as seven percent this year, which would be the worst reading since independence, with the government saying Tuesday the coronavirus pandemic had throttled the key export sector.
— Bangkok Post

Singapore COVID-19 cases top 32,000 with 383 new cases
Singapore reported 383 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Tuesday (May 26), taking the country’s total number of infections to 32,343.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore cuts 2020 forecasts for NODX, total trade again on back of COVID-19 hit, lower oil prices
Singapore has cut its forecasts for non-oil domestic exports (NODX) and total merchandise trade for 2020 again, on the back of a more severe hit from the COVID-19 pandemic and lower oil prices.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore’s mask stockpile has “progressed” but gov’t will not be “overconfident”, says Minister Chan Chun Sing
The availability of masks shouldn’t be taken for granted, said Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing last Thursday (21 May), stressing that the country has to continue to diversify its sources of masks and build up a stockpile to prevent potential disruption to the supply lines.
— The Online Citizen

Singapore extend closures of casinos
Singapore’s two casino resorts will stay closed even as the city-state begins reopening businesses next week.
— TravelMole

Singapore’s headline inflation turns negative for first time since end-2016
Singapore’s headline inflation has turned negative for the first time since end-2016, latest monthly data showed on Tuesday (May 26), while the core inflation gauge inched deeper into negative territory.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Places of worship allowed to have up to 5 households for private worship from June 2
To minimise the risk of Covid-19 transmission, there must be no physical interaction between worshippers from different households at the place of worship.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S$33b Fortitude Budget aimed at providing jobs, supporting workers and firms through ‘difficult period’ of COVID-19
A new S$33 billion Budget focused on providing jobs and helping to tide workers and businesses through the “difficult period” of COVID-19 was unveiled in Parliament by Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat on Tuesday (May 26).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Fortitude Budget: Government tenants to get rental waivers of up to 2 months
THE Singapore government is extending rental relief for its tenants while ensuring that these measures flow through to help sub-tenants, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat said on Tuesday.
— The Business Times

Fortitude Budget: Additional S$800 million set aside for COVID-19 Support Grant; S$100 one-off utilities credit
The Government will set aside S$800 million for the COVID-19 Support Grant, on top of its previous commitment, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat announced in Parliament on Tuesday (May 26).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore faces worst recession since 1965, but in ‘strong position’ to overcome crisis: PM Lee
THE fiscal prudence and discipline of successive governments have put Singapore in a “strong position” to overcome today’s crisis and emerge stronger after the Covid-19 pandemic, wrote Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in a Facebook post on Tuesday evening.
— The Business Times

Fortitude Budget: More than 40,000 jobs to be created as part of S$2b employment, training package
More than 40,000 jobs will be created as part of a S$2 billion package to improve the employment situation amid the COVID-19-induced economic downturn.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore’s hawker centre and coffee shop toilets dirtier since 2016: SMU survey
The dirtiest public toilets are in Tuas, Telok Blangah and Bukit Batok, while Marina South, Tanglin and Changi topped the list for the cleanest.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Enhanced regulations for PMDs, PABs to include import controls as Parliament passes 2 Bills
Two Bills aimed at enhancing the regulatory framework for small motorised vehicles were passed in Parliament on Tuesday (May 26).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Fortitude Budget: Extra S$13b to be set aside in Contingencies Funds
TO enable the government to act swiftly if needed to tackle the unpredictable Covid-19 crisis, an extra S$13 billion will be set aside in the Contingencies Funds this financial year, said Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat in Parliament on Tuesday.
— The Business Times

Fortitude Budget: More than S$500m allocated to support digital transformation of businesses amid COVID-19 outbreak
More than S$500 million of the Fortitude Budget will be allocated to support the digital transformation of businesses, including support for e-payments, adopting digital solutions and deepening digital capabilities, announced Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat on Tuesday (May 26).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Fortitude Budget: S$118m top-up to support Singapore’s charities and social service agencies
THE Singapore government is providing a S$100 million top-up for the Tote Board’s Enhanced Fund-Raising Programme to provide more support for Singapore’s charities amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat said on Tuesday.
— The Business Times

Fortitude Budget: S$1,200 allowance for job seekers going for training
Job seekers who take training courses will receive a training allowance of S$1,200 per month under a new SGUnited Skills programme to help them upgrade their skills while looking for employment, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat said on Tuesday.
— The Business Times

Fortitude Budget: Hiring incentive now covers all ages, doubled for older workers
THE Singapore government will enhance incentives to support employers in hiring local workers who have gone through eligible traineeship and training schemes.
— The Business Times

Manufacturing sees 6.6% growth in Q1 after pharma boost amid overall weak economy: MTI
Singapore’s manufacturing sector expanded by 6.6 per cent year on year in the first quarter of 2020, on the back of increased output in several sectors, especially biomedical production.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Covid-19 to accelerate shifts in global supply chains but Singapore can still play to strengths
THE COVID-19 pandemic will accelerate shifts in global supply chains; and while there is no telling how supply chains will eventually be reconfigured, it is likely that they will be relocated nearer to final demand markets, said Minister for Trade and Industry (MTI) Chan Chun Sing.
— The Business Times

Capacity of drains ‘overwhelmed by intense rainfall’ during Apr 30 flash floods in parts of Singapore: Masagos
Flash floods were reported in several parts of Singapore on Apr 30, as intense rainfall had overwhelmed the capacity of roadside drains, said Environment and Water Resources Minister Masagos Zulkifli.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Tharman to head new National Jobs Council
SINGAPORE will set up a National Jobs Council with Senior Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam at its helm, to oversee the S$2 billion SGUnited Jobs and Skills Package.
— The Business Times

Pay waste management service providers fairly amid Covid-19 pandemic: MOM
Organisations that engage waste management services should continue to pay service providers appropriately and exercise restraint in penalising them, in order to ensure that the sector remains sustainable amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Fortitude Budget: Up to S$5,000 payouts for F&B, retail businesses that go digital
THE Singapore government will allocate more than S$500 million to support businesses in their digital transformation, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat announced on Tuesday.
— The Business Times

Resilience Package for arts and culture sector will provide support until end of 2020: Baey Yam Keng
The National Arts Council (NAC) has committed to sustained levels of funding for arts organisations, said Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Culture, Community and Youth Baey Yam Keng in Parliament on Tuesday (May 26), as he acknowledged the sector had been significantly affected by COVID-19.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Fortitude Budget: S$285m to attract matching investments for startups
PROMISING startups in Singapore will get financing support to help them sustain their innovation and entrepreneurship activities.
— The Business Times

Various measures in place to help home owners affected by construction delays: Lawrence Wong
A range of measures are in place to help people who have been affected by construction work delays due to the COVID-19 circuit breaker, said Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong in Parliament on Tuesday (May 26).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Louis Ng on Funpack: NDP2020 Executive Committee may allow people to opt-out
Since the announcement of the distribution of Funpacks in light of the National Day Parade (NDP) 2020, many Singaporeans voiced up to oppose the idea of distributing Funpacks.
— The Online Citizen

SAF recruits affected by basic military training suspension will graduate two to four weeks later
Military recruits who were affected by a seven-week suspension of their basic military training will graduate two to four weeks later than scheduled.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Police warn against fake bulletin warning residents of door-to-door mask distribution
Beware of a fake bulletin about people going door-to-door to subdue residents and rob their homes under the pretence of distributing face masks, the police said on Tuesday (May 26).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Authorities will monitor, take action if there is evidence of ‘anti-competitive activity’ among fuel retailers: MTI
Authorities will monitor and take action if there is evidence of “anti-competitive activity” among petrol retailers in Singapore, said Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Trade and Industry Tan Wu Meng in Parliament on Tuesday (May 26).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Deliveroo newly introduced tipping functionality amassed nearly S$30,000 to support its restaurant partners
On 13 May, Deliveroo Singapore announced a string of measures to support its partners during the COVID-19 pandemic after more than 1,000 restaurants islandwide joined the platform.
— The Online Citizen

Assessment on Singapore government’s handling of coronavirus pandemic has to be viewed at in context of the power it wields
Dr Tan Meng Wah’s post, “COVID-19: Why the ‘Mishandling’?” has certainly created much debate as politicians, social commentators, experts and academics wade into the discussion presenting their own views and opinions.
— The Online Citizen

6 men arrested for suspected illegal gambling activities and flouting safe distancing measures
Six men were arrested for illegal gambling activities and flouting safe distancing measures amid the Covid-19 circuit breaker period.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man charged with breaking COVID-19 laws to carry out loan shark harassment
During the circuit breaker period, when all were ordered to stay home, a young man allegedly left his house and drove from Bedok to Holland Close to carry out loan shark harassment offences.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Breast cancer patient to return to Singapore from US this week, thanks to $370,000 raised by public
A Singaporean woman who was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer while in the United States will soon be able to reunite with her family here, after the public raised more than $300,000 to fund her trip home.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Passers-by help bus driver who breaks down upon news of husband’s death
One of the passers-by said they were alerted to the woman’s plight after they heard her crying.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)



Feature photo Towards Tobacco-Free Singapore
This week’s Singapore morning news feature photo focuses on World No-Tobacco Day, May 31.


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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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