What's News: November 9, 2016


Election reserved for Malays

Next year's presidential election will be reserved for candidates from the Malay community, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in Parliament yesterday.

This could pave the way for Singapore to have its first Malay president in over 46 years, since the country's first president, Mr Yusof Ishak, died in office in 1970.



More flights this peak season

Airlines are adding about 90 new flights a week, offering more than 8,000 weekly one-way seats from Singapore to 10 cities across Asia from now until the end of the year.

Cities with more flights to be added include Dalian, Fuzhou and Xiamen in China, as well as Bangalore, Kolkata and Chennai in India.


Briton guilty of HK murders

British bank executive Rurik Jutting was sentenced to life behind bars yesterday for the grisly murder of two Indonesian women in Hong Kong two years ago. The judge called his actions "sickening in the extreme" and dismissed Jutting's apology, saying that he had not shown a shred of remorse.

A press conference of the National People's Congress Standing Committee on the move to interpret Hong Kong's Basic Law. PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY


HK duo hit China's raw nerve

Without being asked, China's Parliament has made the rare move of interpreting Hong Kong's mini-Constitution to bar two lawmakers from taking their seats. That such a ruling was made, say analysts, shows how the duo, Mr Sixtus Leung and Ms Yau Wai Ching, have hit a raw nerve with Beijing.


Specialised skills needed

A spate of high-end manufacturing investments spells good news for the economy but the jobs they create require specialised technical skills that most Singaporeans lack. There is, however, an opportunity for Singaporeans to get those jobs, analysts tell Jacqueline Woo.


National Gallery turns one

Nathan Hartono will be performing at the National Gallery Singapore's first-year celebrations, which will run over two consecutive weekends from Nov 25. More than 1.5 million visitors have passed through the gallery's doors since its opening last November.


Fighting colorectal cancer

Too many people are being diagnosed with colorectal cancer, considering the screening tools available. In the US, incidence of the cancer has fallen to make it the fourth most common cancer there, but it is still the top cancer here.


Move to take ARA private

ARA Asset Management founder and group chief executive John Lim is leading a group of investors in a bid to take ARA private. The deal will see US private equity firm Warburg Pincus and China's AVIC Trust buy out minority shareholders with a cash offer of $1.78 for each ARA share.


A fight on home soil

Mixed martial arts fighter Benedict Ang hopes that the home crowd will bring out the best in him when he takes on submission specialist Ahmed Mujtaba of Pakistan on Friday. The fighters will meet in the featherweight division at One Championship's Defending Honour event at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.



Princess 'doesn't need prince'

New Disney princess Moana does not have a love interest in the upcoming animated film of the same name - and that is just fine with the actress who voices her. Hawaiian teenager Auli'i Cravalho, 15, who was in Singapore to promote the movie, says it is more important that "she is her own person".


Madonna sings for Clinton

On Monday evening, the eve of Election Day in the United States, Madonna announced online a surprise concert in Washington Square Park in Manhattan, where she pledged her support for Mrs Hillary Clinton. The show, just five songs long, was mainly a sing-along, in the folk music tradition of Greenwich Village.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 09, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Subscribe