10 must-reads for today

Protesters forming a human chain in Hong Kong's Tai Po District last night, as rallies continued.
Protesters forming a human chain in Hong Kong's Tai Po District last night, as rallies continued.ST PHOTO: CHONG JUN LIANG

1 Debate on violence in HK

Hong Kong protesters are debating whether to dial down the violence and destructive tactics amid fears that they risk alienating more moderate supporters. The discussion comes as the battered financial centre braces itself for another weekend of tear gas and petrol bombs. 

2 Court finds WP MPs liable

The High Court yesterday found three Workers' Party MPs liable in a case involving the misuse of millions of dollars of town council funds. Mr Low Thia Khiang, Ms Sylvia Lim and Mr Pritam Singh could now be liable for part of the $33.7 million in claims.

3 Iranian oil tanker hit

An Iranian oil tanker was hit by suspected missile strikes off the Saudi coast yesterday, the first Iranian vessel targeted since a spate of attacks in the Gulf that Washington has blamed on Teheran. The hull of the Sabiti was hit by two separate explosions, with Iran's Foreign Ministry hinting at Saudi Arabian involvement.

4 KL expects faster growth

Malaysia expects its economy to grow slightly faster next year, at 4.8 per cent, thanks to more spending to fend off growing global headwinds. Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng yesterday revealed a wider shortfall between government revenue and expenditure at 3.2 per cent of gross domestic product for Budget 2020, abandoning a 3 per cent target. 

5 Rebalance China's economy

China's state-owned enterprises are not the fangs and claws of the Chinese leviathan in the Western imagination. Reform is needed for a rebalancing of China's economy in favour of its true engines of growth - its private enterprises, says Professor Zheng Yongnian. 

6 Online food sector in probe

Singapore's competition watchdog, the Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore, has commenced investigations into the online food delivery and virtual kitchen sectors, following a shared kitchen operator's complaint that it had been shut out by Deliveroo and GrabFood. 

7 Bail for driver in fatal crash

A man who was allegedly speeding when his car ploughed into a taxi, causing an accident that killed a National University of Singapore student, has had his bail set at $5,000. Ng Li Ning, 22, is facing a dangerous driving charge. His pre-trial conference took place at the State Courts yesterday. 

8 Retail sales down again

Consumers are holding back on buying big-ticket items, as retail sales fell for the seventh straight month in August. Pricey items such as cars took a hit, as well as furniture and household equipment. 

9 Yip back in the groove

After struggling for much of the year, swimmer Yip Pin Xiu is "back on top of the world" and still on course for next year's Tokyo Paralympics after a golden double at the World Para Swimming Championships in London last month. Her feat has clinched her The Straits Times Star of the Month award for September. 

10 Joanne Peh has no regrets

Actress Joanne Peh (above), who plays a madame who runs a brothel in the latest Toggle Originals drama series Last Madame, said she did not know beforehand that she had two sex scenes in the show. But she has no regrets about taking on the project, she said in an interview with The Straits Times.


Tourist safety

A Japanese tourist was robbed of his $1.2 million Swiss watch after a man asked him for a cigarette and snatched the timepiece off his wrist. Here are five other ruses that crooks use to steal from tourists. https://str.sg/ruses


Green Pulse

We chat with Dr Yong Ding Li, flyways coordinator of conservation group BirdLife International (Asia), on how climate change could impact natural habitats and wildlife. https://str.sg/greenpulse10

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 12, 2019, with the headline '10 must-reads for today'. Print Edition | Subscribe