Top stories from The Straits Times on Saturday, July 21

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kick-start your Saturday, July 21.

Video: SingHealth cyber breach: Method of attack showed high level of sophistication


Even though the hackers continued to make repeated attacks on different fronts to gain access to the database, increased monitoring and stepped-up precautionary action resulted in no further data leak from July 4.


Commentary: Dealing with the hidden hand behind the attack

Authorities said the data theft took place between June 27 and July 4, and patients who were affected had visited SingHealth's specialist outpatient clinics and polyclinics from May 1, 2015, to July 4, 2018. ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR

The largest cyber attack to be inflicted on Singapore - one that has affected 1.5 million public healthcare patients here, including Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong - warrants a proportional response.


Worry, confusion and ambivalence among those affected by SingHealth's data breach

The hackers infiltrated the computers of SingHealth, Singapore's largest group of healthcare institutions with four hospitals, five national specialty centres and eight polyclinics. PHOTO: ST FILE

Some of those affected said they wanted to see SingHealth provide more guidance as to what follow-up actions to take.


Singapore asks KL to clarify position on HSR project by July 31

An artist's impression of High Speed Rail Terminal in Jurong East. A spokesman for Singapore's Transport Ministry said that if Malaysia wishes to meet Singapore to discuss the HSR project, it should do so by July 31. PHOTO: FARRELLS

A ministry spokesman also said that if Malaysia wishes to meet Singapore to discuss the HSR project, it should do so by that same date.


Hong Kong woman wins legal tussle against Singapore man over $3 million Tanglin apartment

Ms Ng So Hang asked the High Court to declare her as the sole owner of the St Martin's Drive unit as she alone financed its purchase. PHOTO: LIANHE WANBAO

When Ng So Hang, now 64, bought the apartment in 2005, she registered the property in joint names with her long-time companion, Wong Sang Woo, now 81.


Residents' Network to help spur social mixing in estates

The Residents' Network (RN) will erase the existing distinction in which residents' committees (RCs) serve HDB estates and neighbourhood committees (NCs) cater to private estates. PHOTO: ST FILE

The new grassroots organisation will serve residents of new private as well as public housing estates.


Video: Nine family members among 17 dead after Missouri 'duck boat' sinks in storm

Emergency rescue personnel responding to the capsize of a duck boat, in which at least eight people were killed, in the Table Rock Lake of Missouri, US, on 19 July 2018. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

More than three dozen people have died in incidents involving duck boats on land and water in the United States over the past two decades.


Video: Donald Trump 'on tape' discussing payment to Playboy model: NYT

Trump greeting guests during an event at the White House on July 19, 2018. PHOTO: NYTIMES

Trump's long-time lawyer, Michael Cohen, secretly recorded the conversation with him two months before the presidential election.


The struggle of Japan's working mums

Ms Sayako, who declined to give her full name, holding her baby during an interview in Tokyo. She had been trying to conceive a second child when her boss at a daycare centre told her to stop, saying she had missed her "turn", as prescribed on a "pregnancy schedule". PHOTO: AFP

When Ms Yuka Ogata, 42, a lawmaker in the Kumamoto municipal assembly, brought her seven-month-old boy to a parliamentary sitting last November, her male colleagues kicked up such a fuss that proceedings were delayed by 40 minutes.


Video: Singapore Garden Festival returns with floral displays and fantasy gardens galore

On display:The Colonnade Arches (above), inspired by classical architecture; the Gothic Gate mirrors the gothic cathedrals of Europe; and a balcony garden by Mr Andy Eng from Nyee Phoe Flower Garden. ST PHOTOS: LEE JIA WEN, LIM YAOHUI

The biennial festival is organised by the National Parks Board and Gardens by the Bay.