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Singapore clinches 3 of top 5 South-east Asia deals despite Covid-19 slowdown

SINGAPORE - Singapore clinched three of the top five private equity and venture capital deals struck in the region in the first quarter amid markedly slower economic activity across South-east Asia due to the pandemic. There were 141 such deals worth US$1.4
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Singapore clinches 3 of top 5 South-east Asia deals despite Covid-19 slowdown

SINGAPORE - Singapore clinched three of the top five private equity and venture capital deals struck in the region in the first quarter amid markedly slower economic activity across South-east Asia due to the pandemic. There were 141 such deals worth US$1.4 billion (S$1.95 billion) in the region in the three months to March 31, Ernst & Young noted on Wednesday (July 8). This was 9 per cent down in terms of deal numbers and 65 per cent lower in value compared with the same period last year. Exit activity - the resale of acquired assets - remained largely muted. The report also found that the cash in hand for potential buyouts had reached record levels of US$439 billion by mid-May. The biggest first-quarter deal in the region was the US$706 million investment by Krungsri Finnovate and MUFG Innovation Partners in the Singapore-based ride-hailing software company Grab Holdings. The other two Singapore deals that made the top five were the US$75 million investment in eCommerce company ShopBack and the US$37 million in solar energy firm Sunseap Group by separate consortiums, both including Temasek Holdings.

Number of HDB resale flats sold in June almost 7 times more than in May

SINGAPORE - Almost seven times as many Housing Board resale flats were sold in June compared with May, according to flash data released by real estate portal SRX Property on Thursday (July 9). Estimates showed that about 2,450 HDB resale flats were sold in J
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Number of HDB resale flats sold in June almost 7 times more than in May

SINGAPORE - Almost seven times as many Housing Board resale flats were sold in June compared with May, according to flash data released by real estate portal SRX Property on Thursday (July 9). Estimates showed that about 2,450 HDB resale flats were sold in June, up from 364 the month before. The surge in sales was likely due to the end of Singapore's circuit breaker period, said industry analysts. ERA Realty's head of research and consultancy Nicholas Mak said: «Pent-up demand accumulated in the eight-week circuit breaker had driven HDB resale transaction volume in June 2020 to be 6.7 times over the volume in the preceding month. »During the circuit breaker period, potential home buyers and property agents were not allowed to visit and view any properties offered for sale. When buyers were allowed to view properties in June, the result was a sharp increase in transactions of HDB resale flats.« He added that the resale volume in June was also the highest monthly volume since July 2018, when 2,553 units were transacted. »It was as if the HDB resale market was on steroids in June," said Mr Mak.

Former national football player Hafiz Rahim, 36, dies after motorcycle accident

SINGAPORE - The grey skies and gloomy weather on Thursday morning (July 9) reflected the sombre mood of many in the local football fraternity, who learnt of the passing of «one of the nicest guys» in the local game. Former national player Hafiz R
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Former national football player Hafiz Rahim, 36, dies after motorcycle accident

SINGAPORE - The grey skies and gloomy weather on Thursday morning (July 9) reflected the sombre mood of many in the local football fraternity, who learnt of the passing of «one of the nicest guys» in the local game. Former national player Hafiz Rahim died after he was involved in a traffic accident in Tampines. He was 36 and had been on his motorbike at the time of the tragedy. National goalkeeper Hassan Sunny, who played alongside Hafiz in the national Under-18 team and at S-League (now known as the Singapore Premier League) clubs Geylang United and Warriors FC, said his former teammate always had a sunny disposition and «was always bubbly». «He was like a brother to me,» said Hassan, who now plays for the Lion City Sailors. «When we were young, we used to have sleepovers at my place and my mum would cook up a feast… So when I received the news, I broke down immediately. »I saw him just last week at (futsal facility) Rainforest when I trained but because of the safety protocols (due to Covid-19), we did not get to talk to talk to each other, but we managed to wave at one another."

Body recovered by Police Coast Guard day after 3 people fell overboard in waters off Tuas

SINGAPORE - A search and rescue operation is underway in the waters off Tuas after the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) was informed that three people had fallen overboard from a craft. The Malaysian authorities had informed the MPA at around 8
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Body recovered by Police Coast Guard day after 3 people fell overboard in waters off Tuas

SINGAPORE - A search and rescue operation is underway in the waters off Tuas after the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) was informed that three people had fallen overboard from a craft. The Malaysian authorities had informed the MPA at around 8am on Tuesday (July 7) of the incident on a craft approximately 2.1 nautical miles off Tuas. Following search and rescue (SAR) operations involving two MPA patrol craft, one Police Coast Guard (PCG) craft and one Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) vessel, the MPA received word at around 8.45am on Wednesday that the PCG had sighted a body. The PCG has since recovered the body, and the authorities are looking into whether the body is one of the people who had fallen overboard. «The MPA continues to coordinate the SAR operation with PCG and RSN for the other missing persons,» it said in a statement on Wednesday. The MPA has also been issuing navigational safety broadcasts to vessels in the vicinity to keep a lookout and to report any sightings of the missing persons.

City Harvest Church files police report over 'digitally altered' photo of Kong Hee wearing PAP shirt

SINGAPORE - City Harvest Church has filed a police report after a doctored photo of its founder Kong Hee wearing a People's Action Party (PAP) polo T-shirt was circulated online. In a note to members on Wednesday (July 8), the church said it was aware of th
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City Harvest Church files police report over 'digitally altered' photo of Kong Hee wearing PAP shirt

SINGAPORE - City Harvest Church has filed a police report after a doctored photo of its founder Kong Hee wearing a People's Action Party (PAP) polo T-shirt was circulated online. In a note to members on Wednesday (July 8), the church said it was aware of the doctored photograph being circulated on social media, which had the 55-year-old wearing a white shirt with the PAP logo digitally superimposed onto it. The image «has been digitally altered», the church's management board clarified in the note, which was published on its website. «Pastor Kong and City Harvest Church are not, and have never been, part of or in any way associated with any political party or institution.»

Facebook removes Critical Spectator page for violating its policies

SINGAPORE - Facebook has taken down the Critical Spectator page run by a Polish national in Singapore, Mr Michael Petraeus, ahead of the general election on Friday (July 10). In response to queries, a Facebook spokesman said on Wednesday (July 8) that the co
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Facebook removes Critical Spectator page for violating its policies

SINGAPORE - Facebook has taken down the Critical Spectator page run by a Polish national in Singapore, Mr Michael Petraeus, ahead of the general election on Friday (July 10). In response to queries, a Facebook spokesman said on Wednesday (July 8) that the company has recently taken action on several accounts and pages in Singapore for violating its policies. «This is based on the violating behaviour of these accounts and pages and not based on the content they posted,» the spokesman added. Facebook declined to provide details of these other accounts or pages it said had been taken down recently. Last month, it took action against several accounts for misrepresentation as part of measures to protect the integrity of Singapore's general election. One of them is a Facebook page called Fabrications About the PAP (FAP) with more than 250,000 likes. It was taken down for violating Facebook's policies.

GE2020 roundup: Best memes from the campaigning period

After nine arduous days of campaigning, there's nothing left to do but to sit back and wait for Polling Day (July 10). But until then, why not take a look back at some of the most iconic moments and the memes that have sprung up during this election? 12. Wo
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GE2020 roundup: Best memes from the campaigning period

After nine arduous days of campaigning, there's nothing left to do but to sit back and wait for Polling Day (July 10). But until then, why not take a look back at some of the most iconic moments and the memes that have sprung up during this election? 12. Woke grandpa Turns out Tan Cheng Bock is a bit of Hypebeast himself https://twitter.com/halal_bat/status/1278642093322145792 https://twitter.com/sm0llest/status/1278513107954884608 https://twitter.com/hangboxes/status/1278399097079164933 11. Boyband or K-pop group? They do have their similarities and the matching outfits help. You can basically turn the nomination day speech into a MV #SoundOn

GE2020: On Raeesah Khan, PM Lee cautions youth against importing 'angst and anxieties' from other societies

The Raeesah Khan case has been a deeply polarising one, evident from the swath of reactions and varying opinions on the internet by Singaporeans young and old.  The Workers’ Party (WP) candidate contesting in Sengkang GRC became a lightning rod after it w
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GE2020: On Raeesah Khan, PM Lee cautions youth against importing 'angst and anxieties' from other societies

The Raeesah Khan case has been a deeply polarising one, evident from the swath of reactions and varying opinions on the internet by Singaporeans young and old.  The Workers’ Party (WP) candidate contesting in Sengkang GRC became a lightning rod after it was revealed that she was accused of «promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion or race».  The 26-year-old is currently under police investigations after netizens dredged up screenshots of her comments on the outcome of the City Harvest Church trial as well as the individuals who were spotted gathering at Robertson Quay during the circuit breaker. Raeesah has since apologised for her “insensitive” remarks, stating that she only wanted to “raise awareness to minority concerns”. 

GE2020: Heading to the polls on July 10? Here's what you need to take note of

Singaporeans will soon be heading to the polls on July 10, but before they do that, there are some things to take note of. In an advisory released today (July 8), the police advised voters:
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GE2020: Heading to the polls on July 10? Here's what you need to take note of

Singaporeans will soon be heading to the polls on July 10, but before they do that, there are some things to take note of. In an advisory released today (July 8), the police advised voters:

The hottest topics that got you talking this GE2020

It has been a gruelling and drama-filled nine days on the GE2020 election campaign trail, and with GE2020 drawing to a close, we highlight the hottest topics, and people, that got everyone talking. 1. '10 million population' saga PHOTO: Screengrab/Mediacor
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The hottest topics that got you talking this GE2020

It has been a gruelling and drama-filled nine days on the GE2020 election campaign trail, and with GE2020 drawing to a close, we highlight the hottest topics, and people, that got everyone talking. 1. '10 million population' saga PHOTO: Screengrab/Mediacorp Channel 5Singapore Democratic Party chief Chee Soon Juan notably crossed swords with both People's Action Party's (PAP) Murali Pillai and Vivian Balakrishnan during this year's election campaign. The war of words between Chee and Murali is not unexpected due to the heated battle for Bukit Batok SMC this year.

GE2020: PAP's Poh Li San says she inadvertently blocked Pink Dot on Instagram while clearing emails

In response to queries as to why she untagged herself from Pink Dot's Instagram post, Poh Li San apologised for «inadvertently» blocking the account. Yesterday (July 7), Pink Dot asked their audience on Instagram which election candidates the
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GE2020: PAP's Poh Li San says she inadvertently blocked Pink Dot on Instagram while clearing emails

In response to queries as to why she untagged herself from Pink Dot's Instagram post, Poh Li San apologised for «inadvertently» blocking the account. Yesterday (July 7), Pink Dot asked their audience on Instagram which election candidates the millennials and Gen Z «stan» — in other words, who are popular with the youths. They came up with a list of 12 candidates from various political parties, including the Workers' Party's Jamus Lim and the People's Action Party's (PAP) Poh. The non-profit movement, which started in 2009 to support the LGBT community in Singapore, had tagged the candidates in their post so that people would be able to learn more about their views.

Watch: PSP's final live rally for GE2020 featuring Tan Cheng Bock and Lee Hsien Yang

Campaigning for GE2020 is officially drawing to a close.  Catch Progress Singapore Party's final session for this general election tonight (July 8) at 9pm. The live talkshow will feature Dr Tan Cheng Bock and Lee Hsien Yang, as well as the following c
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Watch: PSP's final live rally for GE2020 featuring Tan Cheng Bock and Lee Hsien Yang

Campaigning for GE2020 is officially drawing to a close.  Catch Progress Singapore Party's final session for this general election tonight (July 8) at 9pm. The live talkshow will feature Dr Tan Cheng Bock and Lee Hsien Yang, as well as the following candidates: Leong Mun Wai, Francis Yuen, Abdul Rahman Mohamad, Wendy Low and Kumaran Pillai. editor@asiaone.com

GE2020: Doctored audio clips of Chan Chun Sing circulated with 'ill-intent'

«Truncated audio clips of one of my conversations, taken out of context, are being circulated with ill-intent», Chan Chun Sing said in a Facebook post today (July 8). Chan is the anchor minister for People's Action Party's (PAP) Tanjong Pagar G
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GE2020: Doctored audio clips of Chan Chun Sing circulated with 'ill-intent'

«Truncated audio clips of one of my conversations, taken out of context, are being circulated with ill-intent», Chan Chun Sing said in a Facebook post today (July 8). Chan is the anchor minister for People's Action Party's (PAP) Tanjong Pagar GRC team.  One of the three truncated clips was edited to make it seem as though he had said a crisis would save the incumbent in the elections. It cited the US 9/11 incident and the late Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew's death as examples of crises that had led to PAP's success in past elections. Another clip implied the dispute between Singapore and Malaysia over airspace had «spiralled», while the third painted the idea that Chan thought the political uncertainty in Malaysia would serve as an advantage to their own election. Chan refuted all of them, and provided the context for each clip, pointing out that the timing of the release of the clips was «surely not coincidental».

WP's Terence Tan and He Ting Ru: 'When you walk the Opposition path, nobody will marry you, so we have to marry each other'

They started off as good friends, but Workers' Party (WP) members Terence Tan and He Ting Ru took their relationship a step further after he confessed his feelings for her. The couple tied the knot in 2016 and have two young children. In an interview with Y
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WP's Terence Tan and He Ting Ru: 'When you walk the Opposition path, nobody will marry you, so we have to marry each other'

They started off as good friends, but Workers' Party (WP) members Terence Tan and He Ting Ru took their relationship a step further after he confessed his feelings for her. The couple tied the knot in 2016 and have two young children. In an interview with Yahoo! Singapore published on Wednesday (July 8), He shared more about how her relationship with Tan began (it started when they were party colleagues), and touched on what would happen if their kids chose to vote for the People's Action Party (PAP). On who made the first move, the 37-year-old shared: «I think suddenly he just sent me a message, 'Actually, I really like you' and I think I was a bit [gives shocked expression], so I guess that was the first move?» Tan, 48, joked, «I actually said 'I really like you', as in your mind, but I think she may have misinterpreted.» In a separate party interview that was shared by He on Facebook today, Tan quipped on why they got together: «When you walk the Opposition path, nobody will marry you, so we have to marry each other.»

Singapore election: 6 twists in the campaign as the People's Action Party and opposition battle for votes

Singapore’s nine-day general election campaign comes to an end on Wednesday. At midnight, all 192 candidates must suspend campaign activities to comply with a day-long “cooling off” period before voters make their choice on Friday. Going into the cont
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Singapore election: 6 twists in the campaign as the People's Action Party and opposition battle for votes

Singapore’s nine-day general election campaign comes to an end on Wednesday. At midnight, all 192 candidates must suspend campaign activities to comply with a day-long “cooling off” period before voters make their choice on Friday. Going into the contest, some observers had predicted the hustings would be sedate, given the ban on mass rallies and restrictions on other physical political events because of the coronavirus pandemic. But the campaigning has been far from that, as the long-ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) and its key opponents among the 10 opposition parties locked horns – at times in acrimonious fashion – online and through the media. With campaigning taking place largely on social media, it has been a 24/7 battle for hearts and minds. Parties found themselves under pressure to react to attacks instantaneously, and also had to contend with supporters from opposing sides wielding derisory memes and edited video clips of the smallest of gaffes by candidates on the campaign trail.

Vote for opposition and send a message to PAP that they cannot just do what they want, says WP's Low Thia Kiang

“The government has money, but not the citizens. PAP makes the taxes so high that the citizens are helpless.”   This refrain, adapted from a Teochew rhyme, has been used by former Workers’ Party chief Low Thia Kiang at rallies during previous genera
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Vote for opposition and send a message to PAP that they cannot just do what they want, says WP's Low Thia Kiang

“The government has money, but not the citizens. PAP makes the taxes so high that the citizens are helpless.”   This refrain, adapted from a Teochew rhyme, has been used by former Workers’ Party chief Low Thia Kiang at rallies during previous general elections. And it is how he kicks off his speech in a video that was posted on the Workers’ Party’s Facebook page this morning (July 8). «我并不是退休,而是退而不休,以传授知识和分享经验给年轻一代团队和到工人党管理的选区巡视的方式,继续为人民服务。 我会继续培养政治斗士,使他们能在国会中应付执政党,能够有效辩论,为人民争取利益。» - 刘程强 #让您的一票成就未来

GE2020: Vivian Balakrishnan gets choked up explaining why govt won't touch the other 50% of NIRC monies

People's Action Party (PAP) candidate for Holland-Bukit Timah GRC Dr Vivian Balakrishnan got unexpectedly choked up while answering a question in a «Coffee Talk» Q&A video posted on his Facebook page today (July 8).   In the video, candidat
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GE2020: Vivian Balakrishnan gets choked up explaining why govt won't touch the other 50% of NIRC monies

People's Action Party (PAP) candidate for Holland-Bukit Timah GRC Dr Vivian Balakrishnan got unexpectedly choked up while answering a question in a «Coffee Talk» Q&A video posted on his Facebook page today (July 8).   In the video, candidates Vivian Balakrishnan, Sim Ann, Christopher De Souza, Edward Chia, and Liang Eng Hwa addressed some questions from residents. Liang is contesting for Bukit Panjang SMC, while the rest are running for Holland-Bukit Timah GRC. Dr Balakrishnan appeared to be holding back tears while answering one particular question regarding how the government manages its Net Investment Returns Contribution (NIRC). A resident had asked: «Every year, we allocate 50 per cent of the Net Investment Returns Contribution or NIRC to the national budget. I would like to know what happens to the other half. Also, why can't the monies be dispensed to our fellow Singaporeans especially during these trying and unprecedented times?» The NIRC are monies derived from investing assets owned by Singapore.

GE2020: Ho Ching shares sweet post with photo of PM Lee's 1984 calling card in election throwback

It’s easy to forget that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has been in politics for a long time given his eloquent speeches (magic cup of water anyone?) and active social media presence. His wife Ho Ching posted a reminder for everyone on Facebook this morn
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GE2020: Ho Ching shares sweet post with photo of PM Lee's 1984 calling card in election throwback

It’s easy to forget that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has been in politics for a long time given his eloquent speeches (magic cup of water anyone?) and active social media presence. His wife Ho Ching posted a reminder for everyone on Facebook this morning (July 8), with a photo that shows him in his younger days. To be exact, in 1984, after he first entered politics.  The years have passed. From a pocket calendar in 1984, to GE2020. 36 years of public service in Teck Ghee and...

GE2020: Tan Chuan Jin reveals his fear of lizards and that he rocks out to Avril Lavigne

Who would've known that the Speaker of Parliament regularly rocks out to Avril Lavinge? Tan Chuan-Jin revealed his guilty pleasure in jamming out to her hit single «Girlfriend» over a Facebook and Instagram live last night (July 7) — now a regu
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GE2020: Tan Chuan Jin reveals his fear of lizards and that he rocks out to Avril Lavigne

Who would've known that the Speaker of Parliament regularly rocks out to Avril Lavinge? Tan Chuan-Jin revealed his guilty pleasure in jamming out to her hit single «Girlfriend» over a Facebook and Instagram live last night (July 7) — now a regular nightly livestream aptly named «Donut Time» due to his love for the sugary treat.

Courts apologises, refunds disposal fee after supplier leaves old sofa at customer's block

Furniture retailer Courts has apologised and issued a refund to one of its customers after his old sofa was disposed of improperly. Stomp contributor Ben informed Stomp he had purchased a new sofa set from Courts and also paid for the proper disposal of his
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Courts apologises, refunds disposal fee after supplier leaves old sofa at customer's block

Furniture retailer Courts has apologised and issued a refund to one of its customers after his old sofa was disposed of improperly. Stomp contributor Ben informed Stomp he had purchased a new sofa set from Courts and also paid for the proper disposal of his old sofa set. «Delivery and 'disposal' was done on June 11,» he said. «However, the next morning, I saw my old sofa set next to my lift landing, near the rubbish chute of my block.» He alerted Courts of the matter through email and their Facebook and was told the matter was being investigated. «The latest reply I got from them was that they are getting their third-party to call me to explain and apologise,» he said. «I rejected as my disposal fee was paid to Courts and they should shoulder it. »I would have rather engaged the town council helpers to dispose of my old sofa set legally and properly.« In response to a Stomp query, a spokesman from Courts said on Monday (July 6): »We are currently investigating the issue with our supplier, which conducted the delivery and disposal.

Home-grown sports retailer Sportslink goes out of business

SINGAPORE - Home-grown sports retail chain Sportslink wound up last Friday (July 3) after accumulating debts to a «substantial number» of creditors. This includes employees who are owed a month's salary, Farooq Mann, founder and director of Mann
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Home-grown sports retailer Sportslink goes out of business

SINGAPORE - Home-grown sports retail chain Sportslink wound up last Friday (July 3) after accumulating debts to a «substantial number» of creditors. This includes employees who are owed a month's salary, Farooq Mann, founder and director of Mann & Associates, the court-appointed liquidator, told The Straits Times. «I will convene a creditors' meeting within the next two weeks to notify them that the company has gone into liquidation, to disclose to them the affairs of the company, and to invite them to file claims,» said Mr Mann on Monday. On June 9, Adidas Singapore Pte Ltd had filed an application with the High Court for the winding up of Sportslink. When contacted before Friday's decision, Adidas declined to comment. The news of Sportslink's liquidation comes barely two weeks after it announced its reopening in a June 22 Facebook post following the easing of circuit breaker measures on June 19. The measures, which were implemented to stop the spread of the coronavirus, saw retail stores across the country shut from April 7.

WP's Terence Tan pays a visit to Pulau Ubin voters, catches netizen by surprise

For those who may not know, the islands of Singapore belong to constituencies too. And Pulau Ubin belongs to East Coast GRC, which Workers' Party (WP) member Terence Tan is contesting in.  Tan made a trip there to reach out to residents, with his journey 
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WP's Terence Tan pays a visit to Pulau Ubin voters, catches netizen by surprise

For those who may not know, the islands of Singapore belong to constituencies too. And Pulau Ubin belongs to East Coast GRC, which Workers' Party (WP) member Terence Tan is contesting in.  Tan made a trip there to reach out to residents, with his journey documented by photographer Edwin Koo and shared on Instagram yesterday (July 7). 

GE2020: Political broadcasts, rallies and livestreams happening on July 8

There are no physical rallies held this year in view of the Covid-19 situation, and all the parties have gone online to share their thoughts and vision for Singapore, as well as to address concerns that Singaporeans might have. We'll be adding to this list t
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GE2020: Political broadcasts, rallies and livestreams happening on July 8

There are no physical rallies held this year in view of the Covid-19 situation, and all the parties have gone online to share their thoughts and vision for Singapore, as well as to address concerns that Singaporeans might have. We'll be adding to this list throughout the day, so do check back for updates on the latest schedules regularly. Here's what you can catch today (July 8): Constituency Political Broadcasts  Constituency Time Where to watch Tampines GRC, Tanjong Pagar GRC, West Coast GRC, Yio Chu Kang SMC, Yuhua SMC

GE2020: PSP says they won't object repeal of Section 377A, but there's more to the 'proxy combat zone'

The Progress Singapore Party (PSP) has issued their official stance on Section 377A of the Penal Code. A spokesperson for the party said: «We would not object to a repeal of S377A if it is only to remove the criminal punishment against homosexuals. Bu
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GE2020: PSP says they won't object repeal of Section 377A, but there's more to the 'proxy combat zone'

The Progress Singapore Party (PSP) has issued their official stance on Section 377A of the Penal Code. A spokesperson for the party said: «We would not object to a repeal of S377A if it is only to remove the criminal punishment against homosexuals. But currently the debate over 377A is not just about criminal punishment. »377A has become a proxy combat zone for other issues like the sanctity of traditional family structures, marriages, parenthood and gender identities. «These are long-standing human and moral institutions. So before 377A is removed, there must be guarantees that these institutions remain undisturbed.» Section 377A criminalises sex between men, stating: «Any male person who, in public or private, commits, or abets the commission of, or procures or attempts to procure the commission by any male person of, any act of gross indecency with another male person, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 2 years.»

SGH's head of general surgery dies, aged 48

SINGAPORE - Dr Jeremy Ng, Singapore General Hospital's (SGH) head of general surgery, died on Saturday (July 4) aged 48. Colleagues, friends and former patients have offered heartfelt tributes. Dr Ng was said to have died of cardiac arrest. It is understoo
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SGH's head of general surgery dies, aged 48

SINGAPORE - Dr Jeremy Ng, Singapore General Hospital's (SGH) head of general surgery, died on Saturday (July 4) aged 48. Colleagues, friends and former patients have offered heartfelt tributes. Dr Ng was said to have died of cardiac arrest. It is understood that he collapsed after he went jogging at East Coast Park on Saturday. He leaves behind his wife and one son. SGH said in a Facebook post on Monday (July 6) that Dr Ng had made significant contributions to the delivery of clinical services, such as playing a key role in the development of acute care surgery. His work «has significantly reduced morbidity, mortality and length of stay of patients who require acute surgical care,» the post said. The hospital added that Dr Ng pioneered trans-oral thyroid surgery in Singapore - a scar-free procedure which is a safer alternative to conventional thyroid surgery. Describing him as being happiest in the operating theatre, SGH said Dr Ng was passionate about his work as a surgeon and was a strong advocate for his patients.

GE2020: Don't rock the boat, says ESM Goh Chok Tong

Growing up in Pasir Panjang meant that he knows a thing or two about the difficulties of rowing a sampan in rough waters, Emeritus Senior Minister (ESM) Goh Chok Tong shared in a Facebook post yesterday (July 7). The 79-year-old may have retired from p
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GE2020: Don't rock the boat, says ESM Goh Chok Tong

Growing up in Pasir Panjang meant that he knows a thing or two about the difficulties of rowing a sampan in rough waters, Emeritus Senior Minister (ESM) Goh Chok Tong shared in a Facebook post yesterday (July 7). The 79-year-old may have retired from politics last month, but he could not resist sharing some of his insights this election season as he urged Singaporeans to «never rock the boat». Goh recalled the days when he fought in the 2001 general election as Prime Minister and confronted critical issues such as lives, jobs and an uncertain future. This was in the wake of the September 11 terror attacks, when the global economy and the future looked bleak and uncertain, he recounted.  «I had to steer our tiny Singapore Sampan through many choppy waters – economic recessions, financial crises, terrorist threats and Sars. We did so safely because Singaporeans rowed together with me. I will never forget the unity and support from fellow Singaporeans in times of crisis.» Goh also highlighted several similarities between his past experience and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's current situation.

Coronavirus: More people getting infected at workplaces following phase 2 reopening

SINGAPORE - The place where people are getting infected with Covid-19 has changed since the phase two reopening on June 19. Workplace infections have risen from 22 per cent before phase two, to 36 per cent now. Prior to that, 71 per cent of linked communit
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Coronavirus: More people getting infected at workplaces following phase 2 reopening

SINGAPORE - The place where people are getting infected with Covid-19 has changed since the phase two reopening on June 19. Workplace infections have risen from 22 per cent before phase two, to 36 per cent now. Prior to that, 71 per cent of linked community cases were infected at home. This has dropped to 41 per cent between June 19 and July 5. At a multi-ministry task force press conference on Tuesday (July 7), National Development Minister Lawrence Wong said of workplace transmissions: «That's one area where all of us can do our part to reduce transmission further.» He urged people who can work from home to continue to do so and for employers to allow this «to further reduce transmission». He said: «Anecdotally, I hear some people saying that their bosses are now asking them to go back to work. Well, that should not be the case. »Employers should still have their staff work from home. They should only come back to the office to work if there's a clear and demonstrable need to do so because employees need to use some specialised equipment or machinery at work."

DPM Heng Swee Keat's race comments not an offence, say police after confirming reports filed

The police said that there was no offence in Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat's comments concerning race, in a statement released today (July 7).  In response to media queries, the police confirmed that reports had been filed against Heng, who is c
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DPM Heng Swee Keat's race comments not an offence, say police after confirming reports filed

The police said that there was no offence in Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat's comments concerning race, in a statement released today (July 7).  In response to media queries, the police confirmed that reports had been filed against Heng, who is contesting in East Coast GRC this general election.  Heng's remarks, «in the context they were made, do not evidence any intent to wound anyone's racial feelings or promote enmity between different races», read the police statement.  Photos of alleged police reports filed against him circulated on social media yesterday. This came one day after two police reports were filed against Workers’ Party's Raeesah Khan over comments concerning race and religion that she made online in 2018.  On March 28 last year, Heng was asked if Singaporeans were ready for a non-Chinese Prime Minister during a student's forum at the Nanyang Technological University. 

GE2020: A vote for SPP is a vote for Chiam See Tong, says wife Lina

He might have retired, but Chiam See Tong's heart is still very much in Singapore's politics. While out campaigning with the Singapore People's Party (SPP) team in Toa Payoh on Tuesday (July 7), his wife Lina Chiam gave the public an update on how he's do
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GE2020: A vote for SPP is a vote for Chiam See Tong, says wife Lina

He might have retired, but Chiam See Tong's heart is still very much in Singapore's politics. While out campaigning with the Singapore People's Party (SPP) team in Toa Payoh on Tuesday (July 7), his wife Lina Chiam gave the public an update on how he's doing. «Mr Chiam is doing ok, he is at home watching the TV every morning, [keeping up on] the candidates contesting in the constituencies,» she said. She will also tell him about the day's happenings when she returns home from canvassing. «Everywhere I go, the people ask for Mr Chiam. They asked how he is, they also asked me to look after him well.» The 71-year-old said she's very heartened by people's concern for her husband, and shared that he teared up when she relayed their well wishes to him.

GE2020: PAP's Victor Lye says he does so much outreach in Aljunied GRC, his kids used to hide his shoes

The People’s Action Party (PAP) line-up contesting in Aljunied GRC is continuing to show residents that they would gladly appreciate a shot at running the opposition ward.  Victor Lye, who has been trying hard to win the hearts and minds of Aljunied voter
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GE2020: PAP's Victor Lye says he does so much outreach in Aljunied GRC, his kids used to hide his shoes

The People’s Action Party (PAP) line-up contesting in Aljunied GRC is continuing to show residents that they would gladly appreciate a shot at running the opposition ward.  Victor Lye, who has been trying hard to win the hearts and minds of Aljunied voters since 2012, recently put up a video that features him going around neighbourhoods talking to residents and carrying out various public-spirited deeds with his volunteers. But what about his efforts as a branch chairman of PAP’s Bedok Reservoir-Punggol division in a GRC that did not vote him into office in 2015? According to him, he was out for so many nights doing outreach that his kids used to hide his shoes “because they did not want [him] to go out”.  “It’s about what we do on the ground. Not what we say in the air,” Lye declared in his video. 

The dummy's guide to Singapore's political parties: The PSP edition

Unless you've been living under a rock, you should have some inkling of the People's Action Party (PAP) and the Workers' Party (WP). But what about RP? Or PSP? Or SDP? If these acronyms mean nothing to you, then you're in the right place. In this series —
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The dummy's guide to Singapore's political parties: The PSP edition

Unless you've been living under a rock, you should have some inkling of the People's Action Party (PAP) and the Workers' Party (WP). But what about RP? Or PSP? Or SDP? If these acronyms mean nothing to you, then you're in the right place. In this series — a cheat sheet of sorts — we sieve out the facts you ought to know about Singapore's political parties. By the end of this, you should have a better idea of the parties who may be contesting in the upcoming general election and what they're all about. Our next party was founded by veteran politician, ex-PAP MP, and Instagram sensation Dr Tan Cheng Bock. Progress Singapore Party When were they formed? PSP was founded by Dr Tan in March 2019.

Goh Chok Tong: Young people of my generation had 'practical' dreams compared to today's youth

We often hear the older generation talk about how times have changed and former Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong is no exception. In a Facebook post published today (July 3), the 79-year-old described how the dreams of the young people of his generati
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Goh Chok Tong: Young people of my generation had 'practical' dreams compared to today's youth

We often hear the older generation talk about how times have changed and former Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong is no exception. In a Facebook post published today (July 3), the 79-year-old described how the dreams of the young people of his generation differ from those of today's youth. I flew for the first time at the age of 25, when I went to Kuala Lumpur for an interview by Ford Foundation for a...Posted by MParader on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 He wrote: "The dream of my generation of young people was '1,2,3,4' — one spouse, two children, a three-room HDB flat and four-wheels. Very prosaic and practical.

Government paying for everyone has great appeal of simplicity but leads to greater inequality, says PAP’s Tharman

A strategy for greater inclusivity in society and lesser inequality. This is what the People’s Action Party (PAP) has been focused on doing in the last decade. And there is still much to do, said Senior Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam in a live broadcast o
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Government paying for everyone has great appeal of simplicity but leads to greater inequality, says PAP’s Tharman

A strategy for greater inclusivity in society and lesser inequality. This is what the People’s Action Party (PAP) has been focused on doing in the last decade. And there is still much to do, said Senior Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam in a live broadcast on PAP’s Facebook page today (July 7). And this is even more important now given the Covid-19 situation. “Covid is becoming a major social crisis in many countries around the world. It is fracturing societies because it is impacting some people much more than others,” he said. “And it is going to lead to slow growth,… it is going to lead to increased tensions amongst people. And we must avoid that.”   He added emphatically: “We’ve got to build a society with a stronger social compact. And we can do it.”  Starting with the young, especially those who are from lower income backgrounds Tharman highlighted the efforts that the government has initiated for children, even before they enter school. 

Ex-principal and tutors found guilty of helping students cheat during O-level exams

SINGAPORE - The principal of an education centre and three of her tutors schemed to help six students cheat during the 2016 O-level examinations. The students, who are Chinese nationals and were aged between 17 and 20 at the time, smuggled mobile phones and
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Ex-principal and tutors found guilty of helping students cheat during O-level exams

SINGAPORE - The principal of an education centre and three of her tutors schemed to help six students cheat during the 2016 O-level examinations. The students, who are Chinese nationals and were aged between 17 and 20 at the time, smuggled mobile phones and Bluetooth devices into exam halls in Singapore. Answers were then whispered to them through their skin-coloured earphones. The ruse involved exam papers for subjects, including English and mathematics. On Tuesday (July 7), District Judge Chay Yuen Fatt convicted three of the offenders after a trial. Principal of the now-defunct Zeus Education Centre Poh Yuan Nie, 54, and two tutors - her niece Fiona Poh Min, 33, and Feng Riwen, 28 - were each found guilty of 27 counts of cheating. They committed the offences on multiple occasions in October 2016. A fourth offender, former tutor Tan Jia Yan, then 33, was sentenced to three years' jail in April last year over her role in the ruse.

GE2020: Nicole Seah shares story of cabby crying while offering her 'small donation' of $200

We've heard the heartwarming stories from candidates as they meet constituents on the election campaign trail, and last night, Nicole Seah had a particularly «emo» story to share. The Workers' Party member in its East Coast GRC team posted yes
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GE2020: Nicole Seah shares story of cabby crying while offering her 'small donation' of $200

We've heard the heartwarming stories from candidates as they meet constituents on the election campaign trail, and last night, Nicole Seah had a particularly «emo» story to share. The Workers' Party member in its East Coast GRC team posted yesterday (July 6) that a morning house visit at Simei had been «emo» — short for «emotional» — but an even more heart-tugging incident occurred after she hopped into a cab after the house visits. In her Instagram Story, Seah described how after arriving at her destination, the taxi driver reached into his wallet and teared up while offering her a donation of $200.