Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) will be removed from the Straits Times Index (STI). This move comes after SPH’s share price has been steadily declining, even after current CEO Ng Yat Chung took over the helm. SPH will be replaced by Mapletree Industrial Trust.
A Facebook user shared about his encounter with a GrabFood rider who experienced stomach pain while making a delivery. The kind samaritan was on his way home after sending his child to school. Based on his photos, the samaritan was in a car waiting at a road junction when he say the rider collapse with his motorcycle. The driver went to check on the rider and realised the rider looked very pale and his body was cold. The rider repeatedly said his stomach was in pain.
Sheng Siong supermarket is truly impressive. After announcing an additional one month salary for its employees, it went around neighbourhoods silently giving donations at wakes out of kindness. This is setting the bar way too high for competitor NTUC FairPrice supermarket which is already being accused of raising its prices during COVID-19.
Minister of Trade and Industry (MTI) Chan Chun Sing recently responded to media questions about the over-reliance on foreign construction workers. To replace this 300,000 foreign workforce, he argued that Singapore will need 2,500 local babies per year over the next 40 years to become construction workers. His challenge was based on the assumption that 100,000 Singaporean workers will be three times as productive as these foreign labour. Just today, the Workers' Party Yee Jenn Jong wrote a blog post to counter Chan Chun Sing's opinion.
Due to this "urgency" to call for an elections, the Workers' Party (WP) called for the government to "publish election campaign rules forthwidth" so that all political parties have a clear idea of how they can campaign safely despite the ongoing Covid19 pandemic. However, the same MTI minister Chan Chun Sing excused the Elections Department (ELD) saying that they have to explore various scenarios and rules due to the "evolving" Covid19 situation. When the ELD is ready, election candidates and parties will be given "sufficient time" to know the rules and regulations. If the GE is to be held on July 2020, does it seem ironic that the fate of the Grand Prix (which will be held later in September 2020) can be decided earlier than the announcement of GE campaign rules?
In a virtual press conference on 29 May 2020, political veterans Ravi Philemon and Michelle Lee announced the formation of a new political party - Red Dot United. Ravi Philemon and Michelle Lee shared the goals for their party, and explained the need for another credible voice in Singapore's political landscape.
The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) has proposed various programmes like RESTART (Re-Employment Scheme and Temporary Assistance for the ReTrenched), RISE (Retirement Income Scheme for the Elderly), and other healthcare plan and housing policies for the benefit of the people. These policies and programmes may be especially essential for a post-Covid19 era. However these policies have been accused of being not affordable, with online counterarguments such as "Where is the money going to come from?". The SDP has recently addressed this funding issue with various concrete examples.
After a May 21 petition to allow people to opt out of receiving the NDP funpack, MP Louis Ng shared a poll on his Facebook post on Monday (May 25) morning 9.38am. However at 5.52pm the same day, he updated that the poll was closed. That's barely a full day.
During a Bloomberg TV interview, Minister for Trade and Industry (MTI) Chan Chun Sing told the interviewer there is "not much time" left for Singapore to hold its next General Elections. He tried to explain away that the parliament has to be dissolved in Jan 2021, as this would be five years after the first sitting of the current government. If based on his explanation, Singaporeans will have a maximum of 8 months before the General Elections is called.
Recently there was public outcry over several photos of groups gathering along Robertson Quay. Some of these people were allegedly gathering around to socialise after buying takeaway alcohol from nearby restaurants. The Straits Times (ST) published a 17 May 2020 article on this incident. However sharp-eyed netizens noticed the state media had altered this article. Screenshots of the article showed the deleted sentence said "The marketing manager at SPH radio said she saw two uniformed policemen in the area, but they "just walked past"".