Kiara Xavier

Singapore’s GDP growth drops to 0.1% in Q2, lowest since 2009’s Great Recession

As the world’s economy takes a deeper dive as it prepares for a looming recession, Singapore’s second-quarter data released on Friday (12 July) showed a dreadful slowdown. According to official estimates released by the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI), the Republic’s year-on-year gross domestic product (GDP) growth only grew by a scant of 0.1% in the second quarter. This …

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Public mocks Chan Chun Sing after he said “political stability, competent leadership” kept Singapore ahead in weak global economic outlook

Despite a poor global economic outlook, Singapore managed to place itself higher than others due to its strengths like its “stable political environment with a competent and united leadership”, said Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing in Parliament on Monday (8 July). Apart from this, the Republic was also able to stand apart from the rest because of its …

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Netizens fume after Transport Minister hinted that public transportation fares may increase following large losses incurred by the Government

While speaking in Parliament on Monday (8 July), Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan revealed that the Government is currently subsidising more than 30% of public transport operations, and it would not be sustainable to continue this practice of relying on government subsidies to fund public transport infrastructure. He said that the total cost of running the rail network has increased …

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MOE spends at least S$340 million each year on scholarships and tuition grants for foreign students in tertiary institutions

The Ministry of Education (MOM) announced that it spent about S$130 million annually on scholarships for international students studying in local schools and autonomous universities in the last five years. This was revealed by the Education Minister Ong Ye Kung in a Parliamentary written answer on Monday (July 8), after Non-Constituency Member of Parliament Leon Perera raised this question. “The …

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Electoral Boundaries Review Committee yet to be formed, says Chan Chun Sing

Minister of Trade and Industry, Chan Chun Sing  that the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee (EBRC) has not been formed yet, indicating that the upcoming general election might not happen in September as speculated. Mr Chan was responding to a question raised by Workers’ Party’s Pritam Singh in Monday’s (8 July) Parliament sitting to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who wanted to know if …

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