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$31m pink diamond bought with 1MDB funds, say police

PETALING JAYA • Malaysian police have pieced together the money trail behind the purchase of a pink diamond that allegedly used funds from scandal-plagued 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). The federal police’s Anti-Money Laundering division chief, Senior Assistant Commissioner Khalil Azlan Chik, said police had obtained evidence that the pink diamond, worth US$23 million (S$31 million), […]

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New Menteri Besar for Johor to be appointed today

JOHOR BARU • Johor ruler, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar, has accepted the resignation of Datuk Osman Sapian as the state’s Menteri Besar (chief minister). A new Menteri Besar is expected to be appointed today, a working day in Johor, said State Secretary Azmi Rohani in a statement yesterday. It was learnt that Bukit Kepong assemblyman […]

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By-election in Rantau: Pakatan Harapan loses third straight fight at polls

Malaysia’s ruling Pakatan Harapan (PH) alliance has suffered its third electoral loss this year, failing to win a by-election in the state of Negeri Sembilan yesterday. Barisan Nasional’s (BN) Mohamad Hasan, 62, the constituency’s assemblyman since 2004, retained the state seat of Rantau – which fell vacant after the Election Court nullified the result of […]

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Business lost, safety threatened because of fake news

Ms May Liu’s halal-certified yong tau foo stall at Westgate mall was open for just six months when it was rocked by fake news alleging that it sold a pork dish. Someone had snapped a picture of her stall in a way that suggested it was advertising a pork belly dish, when, in fact, the […]

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Some scholars want academic protection reflected in fake news Bill

A group of academics has said it cannot accept the Ministry of Education’s (MOE) assurances that the proposed law against online falsehoods will not affect their work. The 83 academics from around the world, including Singaporeans based at home and overseas, made clear in a press release yesterday that they wanted the assurances to be […]

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Experts welcome laws to give faster relief to victims of falsehoods

Fake news has made some companies lose business, jeopardised relationships and even put some in harm’s way. These victims of falsehood could soon get faster relief, with the proposed expansion of the courts’ powers to order publishers, Internet platforms and third parties to rectify untruths by taking them down, issuing corrections or disabling access to […]

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Rock stars turn Jokowi’s final campaign rally into a free concert

Incumbent President Joko Widodo’s final campaign rally yesterday was not a plain vanilla event, it was “hijacked” by rock stars, a music conductor, comedians and others who turned it into a free concert. Yesterday was the last official day of campaigning for Wednesday’s presidential polls, in which Mr Joko, who is seeking re-election for a […]

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Candidates cross swords in final debate

It was a make-or-break moment to sway undecided voters when President Joko Widodo and his challenger Prabowo Subianto rounded off their campaigning with a final debate last night. Together with their running mates, they sparred over issues ranging from the economy and social welfare, to finance, investment and industry. Mr Joko, 57, who is running […]

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Cuff Road shophouse home to vegetarian aunts since 1954

Every eighth day of the lunar month, Fengzhu Gu (not her birth name), who wears her hair in a neat bun, prays from 6am till noon. The 80-year-old flips through a book with neatly catalogued pink slips of prayer requests from devotees, and recites scriptural prayers on their behalf. Their prayer needs range from pleas […]

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Hidden women’s abodes: Singapore’s vegetarian nuns and aunts

It looks like a typical temple dedicated to Guanyin, but behind the altar of the goddess are living quarters for women. The Little India shophouse unit at 19 Cuff Road has been home to a low-profile group of “vegetarian aunts” and their adopted daughters since it was established in 1954 by a Hakka woman. Please […]

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Singaporeans in China enjoy a slice of home

Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, along with a number of other Singapore leaders, joined some 3,500 Singaporeans living, working and studying across China at Century Park in the Pudong New Area of Shanghai yesterday to enjoy a slice of home at Singapore Day. Participants were treated to Singapore fare such as carrot cake, Indian […]

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Japan rolls dice on Singapore-style IRs

The operators of Singapore’s two integrated resorts (IRs), which this month injected $9 billion in fresh investment, are also itching to place their bets on Japan in the race to enter the world’s largest untapped casino gambling market. Las Vegas Sands Corp and Genting Singapore, which run Marina Bay Sands and Resorts World Sentosa respectively, […]

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IMF warns govts not to rock the boat in choppy economic waters

WASHINGTON • The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned governments not to rock the boat with trade wars and other disruptions at a time when the global economy is already sailing through choppy waters. “We see downside risk and that means one has to be very careful,” IMF first deputy managing director David Lipton told […]

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Singapore not origin of meth seized in Australia

A shipment of 585kg of methylamphetamine, or Ice, which the Australian authorities found concealed in fridges, did not originate from Singapore. The Singapore Customs and the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) said in a joint statement that this is according to preliminary investigations into the March 30 bust by the Australian authorities. “(It) was passing through […]

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Jewel Changi Airport will be a Singapore icon, says architect

Multi-award-winning architect Moshe Safdie says he expects Jewel Changi Airport to become a powerful icon for Singapore. Mr Safdie, 80, who also designed Marina Bay Sands, said he did not expect MBS to become a landmark symbol of Singapore, possibly exceeding the status of the Sydney Opera House. “I do predict now, though, that Jewel […]

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IMF warns against trade wars as world economy slows

WASHINGTON • The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned policymakers that the global economy is not out of the woods yet, and that actions such as trade wars risk upsetting the apple cart. IMF first deputy managing director David Lipton said on Friday that the global financial institution sees a downside risk to economic growth […]

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Jokowi, Prabowo make final pitch before polls

It was a vintage performance by Indonesian President Joko Widodo, who, at his final campaign rally yesterday, showed why he has been dubbed the “people’s president” with polls showing he remains the favourite to win Wednesday’s national election. Mr Joko began his address to supporters packed into the Gelora Bung Karno stadium with a reminder […]