What's News: May 29, 2018

Rohingya at a refugee camp in Ukhia, Bangladesh, building a drainage canal ahead of the monsoon season.
Rohingya at a refugee camp in Ukhia, Bangladesh, building a drainage canal ahead of the monsoon season.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Malaysia to scrap HSR plan

Malaysia wants to scrap the Kuala Lumpur-to-Singapore high-speed rail (HSR) but will consult with Singapore about the move, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said yesterday. He said there could be a penalty of 500 million for cancelling the project, but he was unsure whether this was in ringgit or Singapore dollars. 


CareShield Life welcomed

Doctors and caregivers welcomed the CareShield Life insurance scheme, with its aim of making the claims process easier. When the new system takes effect in 2020, it will open up the pool of assessors to include occupational therapists, physiotherapists, nurses and non-accredited healthcare professionals. 


Dozens of Rohingya return

Dozens of Rohingya Muslims who fled to Bangladesh have returned voluntarily and will be sent to a transit centre pending resettlement, the Myanmar government said yesterday. The refugees returned after they could "no longer find it tenable" to live in Bangladeshi refugee camps, it said. 


China confronts US ships

China's military has announced that it had dispatched warships to challenge two US Navy vessels that sailed through waters in the South China Sea that China claims as its own. The Chinese confronted the US ships and warned them to leave, the defence ministry said in a statement posted on its website on Sunday. 


Putting a value to housework

The new Malaysian government is considering compensating housewives for the work they do. Central to this endeavour is finding a way to put a value to housework, writes Euston Quah. 


New life for Pulau Ubin stall

The 23-year-old Ah Ma's Drink Stall on Pulau Ubin is being rebuilt by a group of architecture undergraduates. Believed to be the first kampung structure to be built on the island in 20 years, the project serves as a test bed for constructing future kampung homes there. 


More options for GrabPay

Ride-hailing company Grab is exploring ways to give commuters a range of options to go cashless with its mobile wallet service GrabPay, such as using their mobile phone and the app to pay for fares on public buses and at MRT gantries. 


Cross-border trading link axed

The Singapore Exchange and National Stock Exchange of India have abandoned talks on a cross-border trading link, amid a bitter court battle that has soured an 18-year partnership. The companies could not reach consensus on issues including timing, regulatory guidelines and the resources required for the project. 


Tang considers return to SA

Former Singapore Athletics boss Tang Weng Fei says he is mulling over a third stint in the job in order to take the "dysfunctional" national sports association, which has been dogged by infighting, to fresh heights. Having served eight years in total as chief, he feels that officials should listen more to athletes and coaches, and also instil a lot of discipline in athletes.



Create your own Marvel comics

Fans of the Marvel comic universe, even those who cannot draw, will be able to easily create and share their own comic books with the upcoming Marvel: Create Your Own app from Australia-based start-up Tap Tap Comics. The app is partly funded by seed capital from Singapore.

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The paths less trodden

Wee Hong-Ling was a researcher at Nasa. Now, she's a celebrated ceramics artist. str.sg/ofgg


Beautifully flawed

Actor Sebastian Stan on why he loves tackling conflicted characters. str.sg/ofdN

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