Top stories from The Straits Times on Sunday, Feb 11

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kickstart your Sunday, Feb 11.

Workers' Party to elect new secretary-general on April 8, in time for opening of Parliament

With incumbent Workers' Party chief Low Thia Khiang (centre) set to step down, Pritam Singh (top left) is the frontrunner and Chen Show Mao (top right) a possibilty after mounting a surprise challenge in 2016, while political observers say NCMPs Dennis Tan (bottom left) and Daniel Goh could also be contenders. PHOTOS: JONATHAN CHOO / JAMIE KOH / WORKERS' PARTY / KUA CHEE SIONG

For the first time in nearly two decades, Mr Low Thia Khiang - who announced he was stepping down as party chief last November - will not be at the helm of the opposition, when the second half of this parliamentary term begins. 


Kim Jong Un invites South Korean President Moon to visit North Korea at 'earliest date' possible

South Korea's President Moon Jae In (left) greets North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sister Kim Yo Jong (centre) as North Korea's ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam (right) looks on before their meeting at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on Feb 10, 2018.PHOTO: AFP

The invitation was personally delivered on Saturday by Mr Kim's younger sister Yo Jong, who visited Seoul as a special envoy of the North Korean leader. 


MHA says not possible to remove immigration checks for departing travellers

MHA said departure checks are a "vital part of Singapore's border security".PHOTO: ST FILE

Singapore's Ministry of Home Affairs was responding to a proposal by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak for a single checkpoint at the Johor Causeway to improve traffic flow.


VIDEO: It Changed My Life: Dr Goh Wei Leong switched from Maserati to charity after Mongolia trip

Dr Goh Wei Leong in the HealthServe clinic in Lorong 23 Geylang. He co-founded the charity in 2006 with Mr Tang Shin Yong to help migrant workers.PHOTOS: DIOS VINCOY JR FOR THE SUNDAY TIMES, DESMOND WEE

The co-founder of healthcare charity HealthServe, who was crowned The Straits Times Singaporean Of The Year earlier this week, lived the good life until a humanitarian trip brought a shift in focus. 


VIDEO: Are sugar substitutes the answer to Singapore's war on diabetes?

Although a wide variety of sweeteners exist in the market, many are imperfect substitutes for sugar, despite decades of research.PHOTO: VIBES

From pad thai to pork ribs, the Health Promotion Board is hoping that chefs will go easy on sugar. But how far will this go in an industry where flavour is king and sugar often plays a major role?


VIDEO: At least 19 killed, 60 injured as bus topples over in Hong Kong; driver arrested

First responders work at the scene of the crash.PHOTOS: EPA-EFE

Images from the scene showed rescuers trying to reach passengers trapped inside the bus, which lay on its side with part of its roof torn off near the town of Tai Po in the northern New Territories.


SingPost dismisses postman who threw away returned letters, direct mail

The postman was confronted in a video that has since gone viral.PHOTOS: SCREENGRABS FROM YOUTUBE

A SingPost spokesman said  the incident occurred at a condominium last Wednesday. “His action is a serious failure of duty. We do not condone this and he has since been dismissed."


VIDEO: Lunch With Sumiko: Mark Shaw has the will to make Orchard Road great

Mr Mark Shaw (above), who has headed the Orchard Road Business Association since 2015, is optimistic that an ongoing study on the shopping precinct will lead to changes that will enliven it. He sees Sydney's George Street as an example of an exciting shopping area.PHOTOS: KEVIN LIM, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Mr Shaw, who chairs the business body of Singapore's premier shopping precinct, thinks it can be done - if the political will is there. 


MRT turning the corner, but full recovery some way off


Like a single cockroach in a bowl of cherries, one major breakdown can spoil commuters' perceptions of the entire rail network. Improvement works in recent years, however, are beginning to rid the network of those 'cockroaches'.


VIDEO: Aerial aerobatics dazzle crowds at the Singapore Airshow as it opens to the public

The RSAF F-15SG and F-16C flying display team performing at the Singapore Airshow 2018, on Feb 10, 2018.ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

The crowds braved the heat and were duly rewarded with aerial aerobatics at the Singapore Airshow, which opened to the public on Saturday.