Top stories from The Straits Times on Monday, Nov 11

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kick-start your Monday, Nov 11.

Govt to give details of GST support package in Budget 2020: DPM Heng


PM Lee Hsien Loong, DPM Heng Swee Keat and PAP Central Executive Committee members on stage at the start of the PAP65 Awards and Convention on Nov 10, 2019. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

The permanent GST Voucher scheme will be enhanced when the tax rate goes up from 7 to 9 per cent some time between 2021 and 2025, he added.

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Next GE will decide if Singapore can sustain a good, stable Govt: PM Lee


PM Lee Hsien Loong greeting PAP activists at the convention at Singapore Expo, on Nov 10, 2019. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

"The next election is about the future of Singapore," said PM Lee, who told activists at the PAP convention to be prepared for a tough fight.

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4 PAP new faces touch on need to build trust, ensure inclusivity and social mobility


(From left) Lawyer Kawal Pal Singh, chief executive Rachel Ong Sin Yen, polytechnic lecturer Wan Rizal Wan Zakariah and lawyer Alex Yeo Sheng Chye during the PAP65 Awards and Convention at the Singapore Expo on Nov 10, 2019. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

In previous years, some of those who have spoken at the party's conventions and conferences have gone on to be fielded as election candidates.

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Sydney faces 'catastrophic' threat as bush fires spread


Smoke rising from a bush fire as firefighters surveyed the situation in Old Bar, near Taree in New South Wales, yesterday. More than 100 fires were still burning across New South Wales and Queensland states. PHOTO: DPA

Wider swathes of the states - including greater Sydney - are now bracing themselves for perilous fire conditions predicted for the coming days, as is Western Australia state.

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Facial recognition in Singapore growing in use beyond security purposes


An automated check-in system via touchscreen monitor, at Swissotel on Nov 6, 2019. ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOO

Experts say it makes sense for facial recognition to be the preferred choice for identity verification as the process is fairly reliable, given how each person's face is unique.

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Mahathir-Anwar tussle opens door to political realignments


An October 2018 photo showing Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad with Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim before the latter took his oath of office as Member of Parliament. PHOTO: BERNAMA

With Peninsular Malaysia MPs split, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim needs the support of East Malaysian lawmakers to be prime minister, says Malaysia bureau chief Shannon Teoh.

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Public can make a citizen's arrest but must not break the law while doing so: Lawyers


Members of the public subdued a 46-year-old man who allegedly took upskirt videos of a woman on Nov 1, 2019. PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS

The best option when witnessing a crime may just be to call the police as there are risks when making a citizen's arrest, said a criminal lawyer.

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Gym-goers getting hooked on illegal steroids


ST ILLUSTRATION: MANNY FRANCISCO

They rely on clandestine network for supply, with steroids sometimes left inside lockers. Seven of the 14 steroid users ST interviewed said they did it because they wanted quick results.

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Mega cargo ship arrives at Singapore port and sets record


MSC Isabella pictured at PSA Pasir Panjang Terminal where it made it is making its maiden call, on Nov 10, 2019. PHOTO: PSA SINGAPORE

Singapore welcomed its largest-ever container vessel, the MSC Isabella, which can carry 23,656 standard twenty-foot containers - enough space for approximately 222 million bananas.

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The Life List: The good, the bad and the ugly of celeb children


From left) Jane Li, daughter of China-born action star Jet Li, Max Lee, son of Taiwanese actor Lee Hsing-wen, and Cameron Douglas, son of American actor Michael Douglas.PHOTOS: JANE LI/INSTAGRAM, MAX LEE/YOUTUBE, CAMERONDOUGHLAS/INSTAGRAM

The month of October saw many celebrity offspring making the headlines for different reasons.

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