Daily Archives: 2019-05-07

The Merdeka Generation Fund worth S$6.1 billion passed in Parliament

On Monday (6 May), a Bill had been passed in Parliament to establish the S$6.1 billion Merdeka Generation Fund (MGF). The fund is to help nearly 500,000 Singaporeans with their healthcare costs. The new law consists amendments to the Pioneer Generation Fund Act, where it has now set the MGF as separate from the existing Pioneer Generation Fund. The Second …

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Indonesia misses economic growth forecasts in Q1 as exports slip

Indonesia’s economy grew slower than expected in the first quarter, official data showed Monday, as exports contracted for the first time since 2016 owing to softer demand for key commodities. Southeast Asia’s biggest economy expanded 5.07 per cent in January-March, nearly flat from a year earlier and missing market estimates of 5.18 per cent. An uptick in government and household …

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Families of Lion Air crash victims criticise Boeing over alert issue

Families of victims in the Indonesia Lion Air crash hit out at Boeing Monday over its admission that engineers had identified a safety system glitch well before the fatal accident, in the latest knock to the plane maker’s reputation. Boeing said Sunday engineers had found the safety alert issue on its 737 MAX aircraft in 2017, a year before the …

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Indonesia’s Mt. Sinabung spews massive smoke-and-ash column

An Indonesian volcano erupted Tuesday, sending a massive column of ash and smoke 2,000 metres (6,500 feet) into the air, coating local villages in debris. Mount Sinabung on Sumatra island — which has been rumbling since 2010 and saw a deadly eruption in 2016 — spewed the thick plume after activity picked up recent days. Disaster agency officials said the …

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Singapore International Festival of Arts 2019 adds new shows to sold out hits Frogman and Displaced Persons’ Welcome Dinner

With less than two weeks to the opening of the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) 2019, new shows have been added to two sold-out hits. A new show has been added on 25 May (Saturday) at 3pm for the show Displaced Persons’ Welcome Dinner, by critically acclaimed theatre company, Checkpoint Theatre. It is a multidisciplinary theatrical work commissioned by …

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Still “time” left to “appropriately revise” proposed POFMA: ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights

There is still time to “appropriately revise” the Protection against Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill before its Second Reading in Parliament this week to ensure that the proposed Act is passed in accordance with international law, said the ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) in Jakarta on Tue (7 May). In its statement on Tue, APHR urged the Singapore government …

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