10 must-reads for today

A passenger being brought down on a stretcher from a Singapore Civil Defence Force marine rescue vessel during the exercise yesterday. ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOO
A passenger being brought down on a stretcher from a Singapore Civil Defence Force marine rescue vessel during the exercise yesterday. ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOO
Pop singer JJ Lin's.

1 Drill to ensure safe waters

Despite the drop in major incidents taking place in Singapore waters in the last decade, the Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) is taking steps to increase safety.Yesterday, the MPA, as part of International Safety @ Sea Week, held a ferry emergency exercise, which simulated the evacuation of 150 passengers on board a regional ferry involved in a collision in the waters south of Singapore.

2 Keeping MRT sustainable

Commuters may have to wait longer for trains during off-peak hours, as train operators consider cost-saving measures in the face of mounting losses.

Operating costs have risen as train services have become more reliable, and Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan said yesterday it was time to extend the focus from immediate fixes to also include the system's long-term sustainability.

3 British PM warns opponents

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday warned lawmakers against trying to block Brexit from happening on Oct 31, saying it would do "lasting damage" to trust in politics.

4 Anwar will wait his turn

Parti Keadilan Rakyat president Anwar Ibrahim said yesterday that he has never offered himself to be a member of the Malaysian Cabinet and will take over the reins of governance when the time was right. He said this in response to Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's recent remarks that there was currently "no vacancy" in the Cabinet.

5 Duterte, Xi agree to disagree

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on Thursday failed to see eye to eye on the 2016 arbitration ruling that invalidated Beijing's claim to nearly all of the South China Sea.

6 Cost of public transport

A reliable, quality public transport system comes at a cost. Now, for every $1 of operating cost in rail operations, commuters pay 50 cents, the state pays 30 cents, and 10 cents comes from non-fare revenue. The remaining 10-cent loss is absorbed by public transport operators. Mr Gopinath Menon asks if the balance should be tweaked.

7 Future-proofing jobs

Singapore's 145,000 public officers will receive help in preparing for jobs of the future, with the setting up of a committee to help the public service transform its workforce.

8 Bank borrowing down

Mortgage lending declined for the seventh month in a row to help send overall bank borrowing down last month - the first contraction in six months. But lending was up 2 per cent compared with July last year.

9 Choo still fighting the odds

Golf journeyman Choo Tze Huang fell in love with the sport at age six and says "I didn't prepare for anything else". Hence, despite routine missed cuts and irregular income, he continues to "grind" his way through smaller events on the regional tours.

10 JJ Lin to hold extra show

All tickets to Singapore pop singer JJ Lin's first concert at the National Stadium on Dec 21 were snapped up in less than two hours yesterday morning. But event promoter Unusual Entertainment announced that a second show, on Dec 22, will be added, with ticketing details to be announced later.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 31, 2019, with the headline '10 must-reads for today'. Print Edition | Subscribe