Current Affairs

Malaysia terminates search of missing Singaporean Tan Eng Soon

MERSING, MALAYSIA — The search for missing Singaporean kayaker has been terminated by the Malaysian authorities on Sunday night (18 August) after no new signs found following discovery of the body of fellow female kayaker on 14 August. Mr Tan Eng Soon, 62, disappeared alongside another Singaporean Puah Geo Tin, 57, during a kayaking trip near the shores of Mersing on …

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12,479 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes seized in the largest haul of duty-unpaid cigarettes in the last five years

A total of 12,479 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes were seized at Tuas Checkpoint on 27 July 2019, at about 9.05 am in the largest haul of duty-unpaid cigarettes uncovered by Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) in the last five years. ICA said in a press release on Monday (19 August) that its officers conducted checks on an arriving Malaysia-registered lorry …

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China lashes Taiwan over offer to Hong Kong protesters

China slammed Taiwan Monday for offering asylum to Hong Kong people facing prosecution for involvement in anti-government protests, telling the island’s leaders to “stop meddling” in the territory’s affairs. Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen voiced support last month for granting asylum to some Hong Kong protesters, with the semi-autonomous financial hub in the midst of an unprecedented political crisis. Ma Xiaoguang, …

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Bank of England chief pulls out of Chinese event

Bank of England governor Mark Carney has withdrawn from a high-profile business event with China’s ambassador to London, sources said Monday, as pro-democracy protests continue in Hong Kong. Carney had been due to speak at the dinner, aimed at boosting Chinese business links, which is scheduled for September 3 at the Guildhall, the administrative centre of the City of London …

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Veteran actor, Bai Yan, dies at age 100

Local long-time actor, Bai Yan had passed away at the age of 100. It was disclosed that the China-born artist passed away on Monday (August 19) at 3am in the morning. Bai Yan has acted in many local Chinese TV shows, naming a few are Son of Pulang Tekong (1985) and Pretty Faces (1991) and most famous for his portrayal …

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Hong Kong protesters flood city streets in ‘peaceful’ march

by Yan ZHAO / Catherine LAI A sea of democracy activists once more flooded the streets of Hong Kong in a defiant show Sunday to the city’s leaders that their movement still pulls wide public support, despite mounting violence and increasingly stark warnings from Beijing. Ten weeks of demonstrations have plunged the financial hub into crisis, with images of masked …

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Reinforcing preschool subsidies for middle-income families from 2020

The government will reinforce preschool subsidies including for middle income families in order to mollify concerns over the cost of preschool education. This was revealed by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong during the National Day Rally held on Sunday (18 August). He further added that the authorities would increase the income ceiling for families whom are seeking to qualify for …

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NParks looks to improve pet sector, ranging from accreditation for service providers to improved animal traceability

The National Parks Board (NParks) will be reviewing and tightening the standards of the pet sector to better protect animal health and welfare said Ms Sun Xueling, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Home Affairs and National Development at the Pets’ Day Out event on Saturday on (17 August). It was announced that the board will collaborated with stakeholders in the pet …

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PM Lee’s announcement of increase spending on early childhood education benefits PAP’s PCF and NTUC’s First Skool

At the National Day Rally yesterday (18 Aug), Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced that Singapore’s current annual spending of about $1 billion on early childhood education will “more than double” over the next few years, as the Government looks to make pre-schools more affordable. He wants to increase the number of government-supported pre-schools to 80 per cent over time. …

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