Largest Thai human-trafficking trial
The largest human-trafficking trial in Thai history will begin today, with more than 88 defendants who were implicated after the discovery of mass graves of migrants in camps by the Thai-Malaysian border. The marathon trial will take about two years. There are fears that the case may eventually collapse because key police investigator Paween Pongsirin is seeking asylum in Australia and is unlikely to return to Thailand to testify.
Fishing contest for a good cause
Hundreds of fishing enthusiasts will be doing their bit for charity at a fishing competition on Boxing Day. The Singapore Red Cross (SRC) Fish for Food event on Saturday at D'Best Fishing in Pasir Ris Central will help raise money for beneficiaries of the following SRC community services: FoodAid, TransportAid and Red Cross Home for the Disabled.
Factory data for November
Data on Singapore's factory output in November will be released this afternoon. The numbers so far this year have been grim, with industrial production having declined for the past nine months.
In October, Singapore's manufacturing output fell 5.4 per cent from a year earlier, hit by a 14 per cent year-on-year drop in electronics production.