Top stories from The Straits Times on Sunday, Sept 2

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kick-start your Sunday, Sept 2.


Marina Bay Cruise Centre to expand as regional traffic grows


The departure area at the Marina Bay Cruise Centre. ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

The centre could see its capacity double, as Singapore positions itself to capture a growing share of a booming industry which is still nascent in the region.

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MP Seah Kian Peng questions historian Thum Ping Tjin for suggesting Singapore is part of Malaysia


Dr Thum Ping Tjin met Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad in Putrajaya on Aug 30, 2018. PHOTO: FACEBOOK/PINGTJIN THUM

"I wonder what deep historical insight prompted him to make this plea, to Dr M, whose views... of Singapore knowing its place in relation to Malaysia are well known," said Mr Seah. 

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OCBC apologises for service outage caused by technical problem; all services restored


Many users began complaining that different aspects of the OCBC banking system were down at around 9pm on Sept 1, 2018. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

Users had reported that the bank's ATMs, online banking system, 24-hour hotline and credit card transactions were all down. They were gradually restored after 11.30pm on Saturday. 

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City Harvest founder Kong Hee's Sentosa Cove penthouse sold at a loss of over $2m

The 11th-storey duplex penthouse (top right), which was relisted several times over the past three years, was eventually sold by Edmund Tie & Company to Kenyan diplomat Neal Manilal Chandaria, whose family is in the process of moving in. The buyer vi
The 11th-storey duplex penthouse (top right), which was relisted several times over the past three years, was eventually sold by Edmund Tie & Company to Kenyan diplomat Neal Manilal Chandaria, whose family is in the process of moving in. The buyer viewed it four times before signing on the dotted line. ST PHOTO: JOYCE LIM

The 5,242 sq ft waterway-facing unit at The Oceanfront changed hands in April for $7.2 million. The buyer is Kenyan diplomat Neal Manilal Chandaria. 

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Ah Long San, the loan shark who kept cops on his payroll


Ah Long San, arguably the most notorious loan shark in Singapore, died at the age of 62 on Aug 27, 2018. PHOTO: ST FILE

Even after his death, his influence was palpable, with hundreds streaming in and out of his three-day wake in eastern Singapore and over 200 attending his funeral.

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It Changed My Life: Her daughter's every birthday is a triumph

Ms Tham Yin May and her daughter Vera, who was born with a rare genetic disorder that resulted in her having a lateral cleft palate and defects of the brain, heart, stomach, airway, spine, ears, fingers and feet. Vera cannot talk, walk or swallow, an
Ms Tham Yin May and her daughter Vera, who was born with a rare genetic disorder that resulted in her having a lateral cleft palate and defects of the brain, heart, stomach, airway, spine, ears, fingers and feet. Vera cannot talk, walk or swallow, and has to be fed through an opening in her stomach. She also cannot see, hear or breathe well. ST PHOTO: JOYCE FANG

Ms Tham Yin May's daughter Vera was born with Trisomy 18, a genetic disorder caused by an error in cell division. Babies suffer from a plethora of mental and physical disabilities.

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Obama, Meghan McCain rebuke absent Trump in tribute to fallen senator John McCain


The casket is led out following the funeral service for Senator John McCain. PHOTO: AFP

Former US presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, once fierce rivals of Mr McCain, praised him in eulogies and joined his daughter at a memorial service. 

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Getting more bang for your buck: Tips to stretch your dollar


Mobile apps are becoming increasingly sophisticated at making price comparisons. PHOTO: ST FILE

Amid concerns over rising education and healthcare costs, Singaporeans are spending more to maintain a higher-quality lifestyle. Here's how they can be savvy spenders.

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What's so special about Singapore's hawker culture to warrant a Unesco heritage listing?

Lau Pa Sat in Raffles Quay is a popular food haunt for those working in the Central Business District.
Lau Pa Sat in Raffles Quay is a popular food haunt for those working in the Central Business District. PHOTO: GIN TAY FOR THE SUNDAY TIMES

As the country bids for a listing on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage, experts weigh in on what sets its hawker culture apart from the rest. 

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Bishop sorry after 'groping' pop princess Ariana Grande at Aretha Franklin's funeral


PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM YOUTUBE

Images showed Bishop Charles Ellis III putting his arm around Grande after her song at the funeral, with his fingers touching the right side of her chest.

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