Daily Archives: January 12, 2021

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3-room Bidadari flat rented out at S$4,100, before reaching MOP, with HDB approval

A 3-room HDB flat in Bidadari was rented out for S$4,100 per month, with HDB's approval despite the five-year mandatory occupation rule. HDB stated that exceptions are granted on a case-by-case basis due to unforeseen circumstances. Some netizens urge HDB to regulate rental prices, citing concerns about high rental prices being exploited for speculation.

12 killed after fire rips through Philippine ferry

12 people died and 230 were rescued after a ferry caught fire off the coast of Basilan province in the southern Philippines. Passengers were forced to jump overboard, and rescuers saved 195 passengers and 35 crew. Seven people are still missing, and it is uncertain how the fire started. The Philippines has a history of poor sea transport regulations, leading to overcrowding and accidents.

Organisers take the fall for online criticism against Ms Sim Ann’s disruption to live...

Organizers of the WWF Earth Hour Festival at Esplanade have taken responsibility for criticism after leading Senior Minister of State Sim Ann to the front row during a live performance. Photos of the incident were shared on Twitter, with some netizens alleging disrespect to the performers. Ms Sim and organizers apologized for any disruption caused. Benny's, the performer during the incident, is looking to move on, while some netizens have given mixed reactions to the incident.

MAS expresses concern over DBS digital banking disruption, demands investigation

Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) issued a statement regarding the recent disruption of digital services by DBS on Wednesday (29 Mar), saying that it is unacceptable and that it will take the commensurate supervisory actions after assessing the facts. The Singapore financial regulator shared that DBS notified the agency early on Wednesday morning that its customers were experiencing difficulties logging on to its digital banking services. The outage lasted most of the day and only came back online in the evening.

Biden vows funds, tech alliance as democracy summit takes on backsliding

President Joe Biden has committed nearly $700 million to counter global democratic backsliding and form an alliance against surveillance technology at his second, largely virtual "Summit for Democracy." The summit will work on holding Russia accountable for its war against Ukraine and show that democracies are strong and resolved. Biden will also announce a joint effort with around 10 partners to counter the misuse and proliferation of spyware. Close US partners who failed to make the cut include Bangladesh, Singapore and Thailand, while leaders such as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban were excluded over concern on their records.

Netizens skeptical of DPM Wong’s call for non-politicisation of Singapore civil service

SINGAPORE — Speaking at the administrative service's appointment and promotion ceremony on Tuesday (28 Mar), Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence Wong reminded civil servants must...

Saudi agrees to partner with China-led security bloc

Saudi Arabia has agreed to become a "dialogue partner" with the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, a political, economic, and security organization that includes China, India, Pakistan, Russia, and four central Asian countries. This move follows a recent reconciliation deal brokered by China between Saudi Arabia and Iran to restore full diplomatic relations.

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