What's News: July 8, 2015

Malaysian PM Najib Razak arriving at a Ramadan Iftar gathering.
Malaysian PM Najib Razak arriving at a Ramadan Iftar gathering. PHOTO: AFP


Money trail accounts frozen

The Malaysian authorities have frozen six bank accounts believed to be linked to a money trail allegedly involving nearly US$700 million (S$943 million) moved from debt-laden fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad into Prime Minister Najib Razak's personal accounts. Documents related to 17 accounts were also seized.


Call for greater responsibility

The social compact here has shifted emphasis from self-reliance to collective responsibility on the part of the Government and community organisations, said Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam yesterday. But this should encourage personal and family responsibility, he added.


Severely lopsided sex ratios

A bride-trafficking victim (right, with her children in Haryana, India) married off her 
eldest daughter in a bid to keep her safe. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

Rapes, abductions, violence and even rising home prices - these are the ills of severely lopsided sex ratios in parts of Asia where female foetuses are killed in favour of boys. While the sex ratios at birth in China and India are improving, Vietnam's gender imbalance has steadily worsened.


S. China Sea hearing begins

A United Nations court yesterday began hearing a Philippine case seeking to invalidate China's South China Sea claims. This comes as a marker with Chinese inscriptions was found in disputed waters.


Property prices: The real issue

Every quarter, analysts wonder if property cooling measures should be rolled back. The argument is that the market may lack speculative fizz and, even if the measures are lifted, soaring prices will not return. But the real question is whether economic growth is sustainable enough to keep property prices here at healthy levels.


Help for man covered in bugs

Volunteers distributing durians in Jalan Bukit Merah were stunned to find an elderly man covered in bedbugs who had not showered or brushed his teeth in more than a decade. The Keeping Hope Alive group reached out to help him.


AVA warns 3 pet retailers

Three pet retailers have received warnings from the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority. A probe by the Animal Concerns Research and Education Society discovered that they had breached their licence conditions, such as requirements on the size and flooring of pet cages.


Mayweather stripped of WBO world title

Floyd Mayweather (left) beat Manny Pacquiao on May 2 in Las Vegas to win the WBO
welterweight world title. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Floyd Mayweather was on Monday stripped by the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) of the welterweight world title he won by beating Manny Pacquiao two months ago. Mayweather had failed to meet the deadline last Friday for paying the sanctioning fee required by the WBO after he took the belt from Pacquiao on May 2 in Las Vegas.


Noble to review practices

Noble Group, which has come under heavy attack over some of its accounting practices, has appointed a leading consultancy to review the way it values some of its assets. PwC will conduct an assurance review of Noble's "mark-to-market models, valuations, and governance framework", the company said.


Singer apologises for affair

Mandopop singer David Tao, 45, has admitted to cheating on his wife Penny Chiang with artist manager Yang Ziqing last month. He said he had known Yang, who is in her early 20s, since the end of 2010, and dated her before his marriage last August. He also apologised to his wife and fans.


Mak's Noodle opens here


The famous Mak's Noodle - one of the must-eat items on every foodie's list in Hong Kong - has opened its first outlet at The Centrepoint. Its third-generation owner Tony Yung says he is keeping to the same small serving size as in Hong Kong. A bowl of noodles is about the size of a small Chinese rice bowl.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 08, 2015, with the headline 'What's News: July 8, 2015'. Print Edition | Subscribe