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Terror threat ‘at highest level’
The terror threat facing Singapore is at its highest level in recent years, the Home Affairs Ministry said in its first Singapore Terrorism Threat Assessment Report released yesterday. The ministry said the country was specifically targeted in the past year, and the regional threat had increased.
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A president for all S’poreans
Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim called for candidates standing in the presidential election to see the office not as a job, but as a calling. He urged contenders to uphold multiracialism and to reach out to all Singaporeans. However, Dr Yaacob, who is eligible to stand for election, will not be running.
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China’s growing naval force
Ship by ship, port by port, China has over the past two decades been assembling one of the essential engines of global power: a modern navy capable of projecting force far from home. China’s “blue water” navy will be on the minds of world leaders when they gather in Singapore this weekend for the Shangri-La Dialogue security conference.
11 soldiers killed in Marawi
Eleven soldiers died in an air strike aimed at driving out Muslim militants still holding parts of southern Philippines’ Marawi City, as the country’s biggest internal security crisis in years deepens with no end in sight. A military spokesman said an aircraft missed its mark and dropped a bomb instead on ground troops.
Post-US world order ahead
The time has come to recognise that the United States has changed, and is fundamentally changing before our very eyes, writes Ravi Velloor. Asia, get ready for a post-US world order.
Complaints against Misa
The consumers’ association has received at least 17 complaints about Misa Travel since it closed on Wednesday, a day after its licence was revoked. About $18,000 had been paid by customers for services yet to be delivered. Misa closed after 23 years in operation.
Local leaders for faith groups
Faith groups are turning to local leaders instead of those from abroad to minister to believers, as they have a surer sense of local sensitivities. Invited foreign speakers are also scrutinised closely and briefed on Singapore’s requirements.
OCBC gets offers for UE stake
OCBC Bank and its Great Eastern Holdings insurance arm are evaluating offers of interest from several parties for their stakes in property group United Engineers (UE) and WBL Corp, they said yesterday. One interested party is Perennial Real Estate Holdings, which said it had submitted a bid for UE as part of a consortium.
Young officials for SEA Games
Singapore will have two deputy chefs de mission for the first time at August’s SEA Games in Malaysia. The Singapore National Olympic Council named former Olympians Mark Chay (swimming) and Lee Wung Yew (shooting) to assist chef de mission Milan Kwee as it continues to give younger officials exposure at major events.
Arts centre tenants’ woes
Tenants occupying the premises of the former Catholic High School may have to move after their nine-year lease ends in August next year. They are mainly arts and heritage groups such as dance school Singapore Ballet Academy and music group The A Cappella Society, which are worried about having to move out of the vibrant Bras Basah-Bugis area.
Things to see and do at each of the 16 stations on Downtown Line 3. http://str.sg/4LT8
A taste of home
Apart from Old Chang Kee, which will open in London this year, several home-grown brands have also expanded overseas. http://str.sg/4LfQ