Top stories from The Straits Times on Sunday, May 13

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kickstart your Sunday, May 13.


Malaysian police raid apartments linked to ousted PM Najib Razak's family: News agency


Mr Najib leaves after a news conference following the general election in Kuala Lumpur, on May 10, 2018. PHOTO: REUTERS

Reuters reported that police searched for sensitive documents the new government fears may be taken out of the country, with the swoop coming after Mr Najib was barred from leaving Malaysia. 

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Malaysian General Election: 5 takeaways for Singapore


ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

Singapore's politics are a universe away from Malaysia. But it is important to have institutions ready, and citizens understand, the requirements behind any future regime change. 

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What's next for Malaysia? Mahathir moves to shore up political clout


Supporters of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who was an opposition candidate for Pakatan Harapan, outside the hotel in Petaling Jaya, where he held a news conference on Thursday. Dr Mahathir has been sworn in as Premier. PHOTO: REUTERS

While newly sworn-in premier Mahathir Mohamad has set an aggressive tone for his new administration, a more urgent campaign is taking shape behind the scenes. 

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Malaysia appoints first Chinese finance minister in 44 years


Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad at a news conference in Petaling Jaya yesterday with Pakatan Harapan elected officials and leaders, including (seated, from left) Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng and Home Affairs Minister Muhyiddin Yassin. PHOTO: REUTERS

Former Penang chief minister Lim Guan Eng faces the difficult task of dismantling the highly unpopular GST and balancing the country's fiscal debt. 

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Just 12, and she had nose job, liposuction and eyelid surgery


Dr Martin Huang, who performed the surgery on the then 12-year-old girl several years ago, said "her parents were supportive and wanted to help her. They believed it would help her become more confident". PHOTO: MH PLASTIC SURGERY

More children in Singapore are having cosmetic procedures to look more attractive, say plastic surgeons. A few are doing so to look even more mature than their peers.

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Lunch With Sumiko: Heng Swee Keat on career, health and that PM question


Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat in a cafe at Our Tampines Hub, Singapore's first integrated community and lifestyle destination. The Hub tapped residents' views to re-imagine how space can be used, with facilities grouped together to make them more convenient for users. It is an example of how innovation can improve lives, says Mr Heng. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

The man considered as one of the front runners to be Singapore's next prime minister has a reputation for being decent and likeable, but Mr Heng's mild manner belies a steely resolve and a strong sense of fair play.

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Terror probe launched after Paris knife attacker kills one, injures 4; ISIS claims responsibility


Firefighting vehicles block Saint Augustin street in Paris centre after the knife attack. PHOTO: AFP

A knifeman shouting Allahu akbar was shot dead by police in central Paris after he killed one person and injured four. The attack took place in an area full of bars, restaurants and theatres. 

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North Korea details plans to dismantle nuclear test site by May 25


North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un (right), shaking hands with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Pyongyang, North Korea, on May 9, 2018. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

The dismantlement of the Punggye-ri nuclear test ground comes after US President Donald Trump said he would hold a summit with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore on June 12. 

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A second chance at love, thanks to a gift of life


Former drug addict Ng Chai Lai and former dialysis patient Chua Bee Leng in front of a banner depicting themselves outside the National Kidney Foundation headquarters in Kim Keat Road. The banner in Chinese reads: "Save a life, change a life." PHOTO: NG CHAI LAI

Five years after former drug addict Ng Chai Lai gave one of his kidneys to dialysis patient Chua Bee Leng, the pair sealed their relationship by getting married last weekend. 

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Kim Lim, daughter of tycoon Peter Lim, on being a 'hot mum' and wanting 4 kids


Kim Lim. ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

The 26-year-old socialite, who gave birth to a son last July, says she wants to have children earlier as it would be more difficult to lose weight gained during pregnancy as one gets older.

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