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N95 masks for taxi drivers
The National Taxi Association (NTA) will be distributing N95 masks, surgical masks and antiseptic wet tissues to 2,500 taxi drivers today at Changi Airport, to help them cope with the hazy conditions. A group of 20 taxi leaders from the association, led by NTA executive adviser Ang Hin Kee, will be present at the distribution. Singapore has been shrouded in haze for the past few days, as smoke arising from the burning of farmlands in Sumatra, Indonesia, gets blown in by the prevailing winds. - ADRIAN LIM
Measures to strengthen Malaysian economy
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak is expected to announce measures to strengthen the economy on Monday as falling commodity prices weigh on growth and the ringgit plumbs to near 18-year lows. Slowing demand from China and a political crisis swirling around Datuk Seri Najib have also shaken investors in South-east Asia’s third-largest economy in recent months, pushing the ringgit down nearly 19 per cent against the US dollar so far this year. The PM is expected to announce the new measures at around 11.30pm after a weekly meeting of the economic council on Monday, officials at the Prime Minister’s office said, without giving details.