Top stories from The Straits Times on Wednesday, Aug 8

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kick-start your Wednesday, Aug 8. 

COI probe into SingHealth cyber attack to hold first hearing on Aug 28

The COI was convened on July 24 to inquire into the events and contributing factors leading to the cyber-security attack on SingHealth, which is Singapore's worst ever. ST PHOTO: SYAMIL SAPARI


The first hearing will be held in camera but all hearings will be held in public unless the evidence presented could affect national security or patient confidentiality, said the committee secretariat. 


Najib expects to face fresh charges in court today

Former Malaysian premier Najib Razak is expected to face several fresh charges on Aug 8, 2018. PHOTO: BERNAMA


The former Malaysian prime minister will face fresh charges over money laundering as he makes his second appearance in a Malaysian court since he was toppled from power in May.


US finalises next China tariff list targeting US$16 billion in imports

Donald Trump speaking about trade in Granite City, Illinois, July 26, 2018. PHOTO: REUTERS


The United States will begin collecting tariffs on another US$16 billion (S$22 billion) in Chinese goods on Aug 23, the US Trade Representative's office said. The list brings the total Chinese imports that face a 25 per cent tariff to about US$50 billion.


Most Singaporeans still use NRIC number as SingPass ID

The option for SingPass users to use a non-NRIC detail as their SingPass ID was introduced in July 2015. PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM SINGPASS.GOV.SG


It has been three years since SingPass users could change their unique online ID from their National Registration Identity Card number, but most have failed to do so, The Straits Times has learnt.


Cut pay for ministers? Singapore will pay price: ESM Goh

Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong at the annual South East District Conference at NTUC Centre on Aug 2, 2018. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE


Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong has sounded a warning that Cabinet ministers are not paid enough and that down the road, Singapore will be confronted with the problem of getting competent people to join the Government.


The Lives They Live: 74, and still selling insurance

Madam Lee Siew Eng, one of the oldest active Great Eastern Life insurance agents, has been selling insurance for 45 years. PHOTO: SONG TAO, COURTESY OF MADAM LEE SIEW ENG


Like many people, Madam Lee Siew Eng has life insurance policies. But unlike most other people who typically have only a handful of life insurance policies, she has more than 20 in her name. 


National Day song Home celebrates 20th anniversary: Which rendition is your favourite?

Kit Chan sings the now classic National Day song, Home at the 2010 National Day Parade. This year marks the 20th year since the song, composed by Dick Lee, was first performed by Chan at the 1998 NDP. SCREENSHOT: YOUTUBE/PERFECTGROUP


Two decades after its release, many Singaporeans will still remember the initial words of the song's chorus: "This is home, truly, where I know I must be".


Game to spot 53 Singapore icons?

Merlion (find 10). ST PHOTO: YUHUI


More than 48,000 people have played the online game since its launch on July 29 and more than 8,000 users have successfully completed the challenge. 


Former paramedic fined for unlawfully sending photo of dead maid to boyfriend


A woman who was working as a paramedic for a private ambulance operator unlawfully forwarded to her boyfriend a photograph of a maid who had hanged herself.


'Ivory store' which caused outrage in Singapore is part of wildlife group's campaign to raise awareness

Ivory Lane Singapore, which launched on Facebook last Tuesday (July 31), supposedly sold accessories made from elephant ivory. PHOTO: WWF (SINGAPORE)


An online store which claimed to sell "vintage" ivory has drawn outrage from hundreds online, but it has turned out to be part of a World Wide Fund for Nature Singapore campaign to raise awareness on the ivory trade.